16 December, 2020
Wellshot Undefeated in 2020 Cricket
ILFRACOMBE’S Wellshot Hotel finished the season on a high note, winning the Longreach Cricket Senior Competition with an undefeated record. They maintained their record when they down the Longreach RSL in a low-scoring match two weeks ago.
Wellshot batted first and made a steady start, with James Batt
putting on 32 before Andrew Watts made the double breakthrough, removing both
Batsmen struggled to make an impact with only four reaching double figures. They were dismissed in the 20th over for 121.
RSL had the chance to cause a massive upset but thoughts of getting the winning runs were shattered when they slumped to three for 12.
Promising innings by Matt Machin and BJ Lenton revived their hopes but their scoring rate was not good enough and they finished on eight for 88 in their allotted overs.
Ilfracombe Wellshot Hotel was presented with the Emmott and Sellick Shield which was named to honour Duncan Emmott for his 25 years of service to regional cricket, and Malcolm Sellick for his ongoing commitment to coaching junior cricketers.
The seniors competition will recommence on January 29.
The following afternoon saw the inaugural inter-town match of the season between Longreach and Barcoo in what was an enjoyable match for all, especially Longreach who scored a convincing win.
Longreach won the coin toss and chose to bat, compiling a very respectable 199 before being bowled out in the 37th over.
Matt Machin top scored with 55, his partnership of 49 with Jade Fuller (34), setting the platform for Brady Allen to score a quick 31. Cliff Baird held up his end to remain not out.
Barcoo’s innings got away to a promising start with Roger Batt (29) and Matt Eggerling (24) batting well, but the tide quickly turned when star bowler, Lachie Arthur, chimed in with two crucial wickets.
Jade Fuller ended Barcoo’s innings at 120 by claiming a hattrick.
The Longreach Cricket Association also held its general meeting which saw Michael Lloyd return as president, Malcom Sellick senior vice-president, Mike Smith junior vice-president, Ben Emmott treasurer, and Chloe and Jade Fuller secretaries.
Discussions during the meeting included facility upgrades, acquiring a second pitch, and increasing cricket interest in surrounding towns next year.