Adelong Donkeys knock Golfy Lippers for six

Crampton hat-trick not enough

Jake Elphick and Tyron Gorman have helped Adelong to the unlikeliest of victories against the Golfy Lippers at Riverglade Oval on Saturday. 

After winning the toss and batting first in their round seven Elders Cup fixture, Adelong were all out for 105 after just 26.1 overs, with a Greg Crampton hat-trick the highlight of the Tumut side’s bowling effort. 

In reply, Lippers looked to be in the box seat for victory, before Elphick unleashed with the new ball, snaring 5/12 from a smart seven-over spell as his side bowled out Lippers for 58 runs in 20 overs. 

The big paceman was playing his first game of the season for the Donkeys, and he was pleased to contribute to a winning result.

“It was good to get a few wickets in my first game back” Elphick said. 

Jordy Maher also bowled well with the new ball, taking 1/18 from five overs, while Jake and Ben Hardwick finished off Lippers, taking 3/19 and 1/9 respectively.

“We knew that if we put the ball up there, we were a chance. There weren’t many runs there with the long grass, and we knew they needed to go after us to win,” Elphick said.

“Our plan came off pretty well. They did try to go after us at the start, and we got a couple of early wickets and put them on the back foot,” Elphick said.

“It was a good effort. Jordy was bowling well, but after a bit, we were struggling to get another wicket, and Jake and Benny Hardwick came in and finished them off. Jake bowled well actually at the end there.” 

Adelong’s bowlers did well to defend their total of 105, and Elphick praised Jordy Maher and Ben Hardwick, with the pair managing to put on 41 runs for the ninth wicket. 

“Jordy Maher and Ben Hardwick pushed us along to a good score with their 40-odd runs,” Elphick said.

“Without those runs, our total would have been a lot harder to defend.”

Adelong have been knocking on the door of an Elders Cup grand final appearance in recent years, and Elphick believed his Donkeys would show their worth this season. 

“I think we will go pretty close this year,” Elphick said. 

“Especially after last year, we had a good run and now we have a bit of experience under the belt.

“The boys have been playing senior cricket for a while now, and they know what needs to be done and I’m pretty confident we can get it done.”

Match report

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Adelong Donkeys were in all sorts of trouble at Riverglade Oval on Saturday. 

Lippers opening bowler Drew Beavan ripped through the top order, bowling Tate O’Donovan out in the fourth ball of the match before Jake Elphick was out, caught by Lewis Aitken, with neither batsman able to bother the scorers, leaving Adelong 2/1 in their third over. 

Justin Stanford and Tyron Gorman steadied the ship, with the pair putting on 21 runs before Stanford (6) holed out to Gus Luke, giving Beavan his third wicket in quick time and Adelong were 3/22 after nine overs. 

Gorman was scoring runs freely, but he was soon out after miss-timing a shot off Greg Crampton’s bowling, with Keigan King diving forward to take a good catch and the Donkeys were 4/44 during the 12th over. 

Lewis Atkin was next to strike for the Lippers, with Corey Wilson out on 20 after he was caught by Jason Back and the Adelong side was paddling at 5/53.

Crampton then landed a hat-trick, with the Lippers stalwart winding back the clock to bowl Nathan Hardwick (0), Ben Hardwick (0) and finally Blake Maher (4), and Adelong were in trouble, sitting at 8/57 from 18 overs. 

In what turned out to be a match-winning partnership by Jordy Maher and Ben Hardwick, the pair plied away with the willow in hand, compiling 41 runs. 

Ben Hardwick eventually fell for 15 when bowled by Gus Luke in the 26th over and the Donkeys were 9/98. 

Maher reached 25 before he holed out to Mal Aitken off the bowling of Beavan, which gave the fast bowler his fourth wicket, and left Dan Lucas (0) not out and Adelong were all out for 105 after 26.1 overs.

The Lippers’ run chase was in trouble from the outset, with Daniel Mech (0) bowled second ball of the game by Jordy Maher. 

Maher and Elphick proved lethal with the new ball, with the latter of the two removing Jason Back (0), Flynn Piper-Bye (10), Lewis Aitken (2) and Harry Skein (0) in quick succession and Lippers were soon 5/17 from eight overs. 

Keigan King batted through Golfy’s innings, scoring a respectable 29 not out but he soon ran out of partners. 

Elphick earned his fifth wicket when Oliver Clear (2) was caught by Jordy Maher.

There was simply no respite for Lippers, with Jake Hardwick then entering the attack, and the first-change bowler soon removed Gus Luke (1), Mal Aitken (7) and Drew Beavan (4) before Ben Hardwick ended the Lippers run chase when bowling Greg Crampton for a duck. 

Adelong would leave good winners in the end, with Lippers scoring 58 and falling 47 runs short of their target.

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