5 February, 2024

Narrow loss for Atherton against Norths

TOO many “risky moves” cost Atherton a win against Norths at the weekend, with the visiting team taking an 11-run victory at Loder Park this weekend.

Atherton bowler Ben Vikionkorpi plays at Loder Park on Saturday.
Atherton bowler Ben Vikionkorpi plays at Loder Park on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Atherton elected to bowl. 

Starting off confident, Atherton took regular wickets, putting themselves in a dominant position against Norths, making 6 for 60 midway through the first innings. 

Greg Misener was the best bowler of the game, bowling four wickets for 13 runs, skyrocketing him to the top of the wicket tally. 

But North’s Mitch Warnock and Dan Freebody were fighting back hard, putting on a strong fielding performance, with Warnock taking 2-17 and Freebody 3-17. 

“That got us to a competitive 164 and I was pretty disappointed we missed a couple of chances to bail them out for under 120, which could have made it a completely different game” Atherton captain Tom Boorman said. 

In the second innings, Atherton lost two early wickets, but Boorman stepped up to redeem Atherton, scoring 52 runs from 51 balls. 

Mason Blaney then stepped up, making 28 not out from 33 balls. 

“It wasn’t enough. We lost some pretty cheap wickets, and we really just lost our heads a little bit there,” Boorman said. 

“It was disappointing. We should have won, really.

“We were just taking unnecessary risks and getting the ball in the air too much, which was our downfall in the end, unfortunately.”

The pressure is now on for Atherton, who is currently sitting fourth in the Cricket Far North fixtures, to climb to third in time for the finals. 

Atherton will play in Tully at Miller Oval this Saturday from 12.30pm against the Cassowary Coast Cyclones.


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