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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 22 2008
50 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 23, 2008 MB SPORT www.innerwestweekly.com.au Moss grows in statue A Sydney player fends off a bouncer in the one-day match against Gordon. Picture: PAUL MELVILLE SYDNEY Cricket Club had a mixed weekend with matches against Fairfield in progress and first grade playing a one-day match against Gordon. On Saturday Sydney finished in a commanding position against Fairfield after batting all day before being dismissed in the final over for 332. Skipper Jon Moss continued his brilliant batting form with an- other century. Moss is in outstand- ing form with the bat and is currently leading run-getter in grade cricket. Debutante Justin Moore did well at the top of the order in scoring a defiant 77, and his third wicket partnership of 127 with Moss set up the innings for the Tigers. With such a good platform Sydney will look to their bowlers, including NSW 2nd XI quick, Adam Maher, and new recruit Darren Ettridge to gain another first innings win. Sydney were unable to replicate their good batting form on Sunday in a disappointing one-day loss to Gordon. Only James Crosthwaite (72) and Jon Moss (24) made significant contributions in Sydney's total of 162. Sydney's bowlers battled hard and with 30 still required and only three wickets in hand an unlikely win seemed a possibility. The Tigers they were unable to make any further inroads and Gordon took the points in a tight match. Maher (4-43) and Ettridge (3-40) were outstanding bowlers. In Sydney's lower grades the club is well placed to score wins in third and fifth grades in its matches against Fairfield. New stars crowned FOUR Inner West young tennis stars competed in one of the largest and most prestigious jun- ior tournaments, the 2008 Medibank Age Championships, to be crowned the NSW champion. The six-day tournament which attracted over 550 competitors showed some outstanding tennis talent as competitors fought their hardest to gain valuable Aust- ralian ranking points and be crowned NSW Champion. Haberfield's Tom Barnsley sailed through two sets when he defeated Lucas Bertovic of Greenfield Park, 6-1, 6-4 in the boys under-10s singles final. However, the boys under-16s singles final was a very ''nerve- racking'' game for Concord's Simon Ede. Despite being two very close sets Simon managed to come out a winner against Queensland's Gavin van Peperzeel 7-5, 7-6. In the girls under-12s doubles final Annabelle Ekonomou, of Strathfield, and her partner Chanelle Naumovska (Georges Hall) were beaten in two straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. While Lidcome's Daniel Yao was also defeated 6-0, 6-1 by Jordan Smith (Castle Hill) in the boys under-12s singles final. Tournament director Brad Cross from Tennis NSW was im- pressed by the talent on show, and the level of intensity and sports- manship shown by all players. ''All matches were played in great spirit, and the champions in all divisions were worthy win- ners,'' Mr Cross said. The tournament's major spon- sor, Medibank Private, hosted a barbecue for all competitors as well as prize packs to all winners and finalists. Weakened Briars hit by southerly ADAM PALMER BRIARS first grade team had seven players unavailable in last weekend's round three game against a strong South Sydney side.Max Squire was promoted from seconds after some excep- tional form, South Australians James Yerbury and Darren Robertson were making their debuts, Simon Watson, David Cox and Marty Oxley were recalled, with 43 year-old Paul Price brought in to captain. South Sydney won a crucial toss on a superb pitch and fast outfield, and after surviving a tricky open- ing spell from Briars' Will Service and Derek Welsh, Souths started to dominate and by tea had reached 2-149. Briars' Scott Castle (2-50) was the pick of the bowlers, but the lack of a frontline spinner cost Briars any chance they had of sustaining a rampant South Sydney top order. When Marty Oxley finally nabbed the third wicket South Sydney had declared on 3-353 (S Pargeter 156, M Chee Quee 100). Briars finished at stumps on 0-28 after a long day in the field. Second grade came up against South Sydney full of confidence after a convincing bonus point victory last round. Briars started their first innings poorly, with two early break- throughs removing both openers with the score on two. That early confidence was quickly turned to determination as Tom Liversedge and Scott Brennan steadied the innings and then Brennan put on a show with 26 fours and three sixes. After surviving a few lucky chances Brennan went on to com- pile a wonderful club record of 208 off 209 balls, with great support from Brett Howle (38) and Adam O'Keeffe (31) to help Briars declare at 9/380 and placed in a command- ing position to collect outright points next weekend. Third grade on the top of a great bowling performance from Vijay Sharma (5-27) dismissed Souths for 146. In reply Briars were well placed at 2-71 at stumps. Fourth grade also put on a terrific bowling display with Matt Counsell (4-11) and Brett Whitfield (3-29) bowling out Souths for a miserly 97. Briars ended the day at 6-104 after a shaky start at 5-34 but were rescued by Pascal Wallace scoring a vital 48 not out to gain the first inning points win. Fifth grade, out for 151, face Lane Cove at 2-59. Daniel into tennis finals LIDCOME'S Daniel Yao will take the court in the boys under-12 singles in the first rounds of the State Final on Saturdayat Gosford Tennis Centre. He is among the junior tennis stars who will showcase their talent at the Medibank State Final on the Central Coast this weekend. The event which marks the culmination of the Medibank Jun- ior Development Series (JDS), will have almost 250 juniors from across the state competing for a bid to gain Australian ranking points. Eight separate age divisions will be held for both boys and girls. To help people in need, please give your financial support. We're all in this together. 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) salvos.org.au DONATE BY CREDIT CARD Proudly supported by WINTER CLEARANCE SALE NOW ON 30% OFF MEN'S AND WOMEN'S WINTER APPAREL* *Excludes Samples and already reduced items *Reductions marked off Factor y Outlet prices LIDCOMBE Factor y Outlet adidas Fac tor y Outlet 55-59 Parramatta Road Lidcombe 2141 Phone 9748 0577
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