30 January, 2023

Atherton retains top spot

BARRON River travelled up the hill to take on Atherton in Saturday’s first grade 40 over match at Loder Park.

Atherton bowler Ben Vikionkorp
Atherton bowler Ben Vikionkorp

Atherton won the toss and decided to bowl with youngsters Matt Nielsen and Ben Vikionkorpi delivering the best opening spell of Atherton's season to date, sending four Barron batsmen back with just 20 runs on the board.

Wickets fell steadily and only Andrew Phelps made any significant contribution as Barron were dismissed for just 93 runs.

Veteran Dan Parnell found appreciable turn and took three wickets, with Nielsen and father and son duo of Ben and Angus Vikionkorpi taking two each.

Atherton started steadily in pursuit and the chase never really looked in any doubt.

Skipper Tom Boorman, who is in rare touch this year, along with Caleb Constant, another batsman in fine form, upped the tempo and brought the side home with 6 wickets and plenty of overs to spare.

The win means that Atherton has regained second spot on the Cricket Far North ladder and has all but wrapped up a semi-final spot with two games remaining.

Atherton will travel to Griffiths Park this week to take on the current ladder leaders, Norths.


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