19 September, 2022
Mixed start for Atherton
THE 2022/23 cricket season officially kicked off over the weekend as Atherton’s first grade played host to multiple teams for the beginning of the Cricket Far North T20 competition at Loder Park.
Game one on Saturday saw Barron River win the toss and send a depleted Atherton side out to bat.
Openers Chris Adams and Ken Webb got the team off to a good start, scoring 25 and 14 respectively before wickets fell consistently, Atherton ended 9/112 at the end of their 20 overs.
Opening the bowling for Atherton was debutante Matt Coleman who picked up opener Tim Ward off just his second ball.
Youngster Chance Riggs picked up the prized wicket of Andrew Phelps in his second over and things were looking good for the home team however some sloppy fielding and dropped catches saw Barron run down the total in the 18th over.
Game two was won by forfeit as were Rovers unable to field a team.
Atherton were back on Sunday morning for the third of their scheduled matches to take on Cassowary Coast with a couple regular players back on the park.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and Atherton paceman Lockie Hollitt wasted no time claiming the scalp of Luke McAvoy on the 3rd ball of the day.
Dan Parnell (3/9) and captain Tommy Boorman (4/8) kept the pressure on with Cassowary Coast notching up a total of just 88 runs.
Atherton’s top scorer Logan Poggioli on 37 and Boorman with 15 put together a 43-run partnership and chased down the total to help the home team secure a six wicket win in the 17th over.
This Saturday Atherton will be travelling to Cairns to play against both Norths and Mulgrave respectively with the latter of the two being played under lights at Walker Road