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20 September, 2021

Three losses signal rough start for Atherton in T20

ATHERTON Cricket's 1st grade team had no luck in the opening rounds of the Cricket Far North T20 competition suffering three losses over the weekend.

Atherton bowler Tate Coghlan at Loder Park on Saturday.

ATHERTON Cricket's 1st grade team had no luck in the opening rounds of the Cricket Far North T20 competition suffering three losses over the weekend.

The result puts them out of contention for a final spot with only two matches remaining in the T20 format. 

Tommy Boorman has relinquished the captaincy after two seasons at the helm and Paul Nasser has taken on the leadership role.

Atherton were missing some regulars but sported a few new faces in their line-ups for the double header at Loder Park on Saturday against Rovers and Cassowary Coast and against Barron River at Griffiths Park on Sunday. 

In match one of the day, Rovers won the toss and elected to bat, posting 148 runs with Tommy Boorman the best of Atherton's bowlers taking 3 wickets for 16 runs, and Paul Nasser picking up 1 for 25.

Chris Adams looked in good form hitting seven boundaries to top score for the team with 32, and forming a 47 run partnership with Brendan Nasser 14.

Atherton were ahead of the run rate at the half way mark but failed to capitalise on the start and fell short of the target by 18 runs. 

In match two Atherton elected to bat first and Dan Parnell took control with some powerful hitting for an unbeaten 86 off 69 balls. Dan's score included four big 6's and seven 4's.

Paul Nasser supported with 35 in their 68 run partnership, which also included four maximum's and a boundary. Atherton closed their innings with a competitive score 4-166.

Cassowary Coast batted well to chase the target and Atherton let themselves down with some sloppy fielding as the game went down to the wire. 

Cassowary needed six to win off the last over, but a heroic last-over bowling effort by youngster Tait Coghlan restricted the visitors to five runs and saw the scores tied at 4-166.

A Super Over followed with Atherton scoring 17 runs off their over and Cassowary Coast claimed the match with 18, running a bye on the last ball to keep the crowd entertained and on the edge of their seats.

Match three saw Barron River elected to bat first, posting 4-125 off their twenty overs. Atherton bowlers Tait Coghlan and Angus Goetze both claimed their maiden 1st Grade wicket.

Atherton's batsmen did not manage to mount any real challenge, losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually falling short of the target by 21 runs in a disappointing batting performance. 

Atherton's remaining two T20 matches are on this Saturday, September 25 at 10.30am v Mulgrave at Walker Road, Edmonton and at 2pm v Norths at Griffiths Park, Cairns. 

T20 RESULTS: Atherton 8-130 (C Adams 32, C Constant 22*, G Misener 20) def. by Rovers 4-148 (T Boorman 3-16, P Nasser 1-25); Atherton 4-166 (D Parnell 86*, P Nasser 35) tied first innings with Cassowary 4-166 (P Nasser 2-33, M Hopkins 1-22, T Boorman 1-35) & lost Super Over Atherton 17 (D Parnell 9, P Nasser 8), Cassowary 18; Atherton 9-104 (M Hopkins 19*, P Sceresini 17) Def. by Barron River 4-125 (A Goetze 1-11, T Coghlan 1-21);

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