Strollers/Raiders Craig Cumming on his way to 113 against Central Districts.
Strollers/Raiders Craig Cumming on his way to 113 against Central Districts. David Nielsen

Cumming enjoys run feast

A SPARKLING century from veteran batsman Craig Cumming steered his Strollers/Raiders team to their highest score of the season against Central Districts on Saturday.

They are now positioned for a raid on Laidley’s number one spot.

Strollers/Raiders were all out for an impressive 241 in their first innings.

Central Districts made a solid reply, being 0/62 at stumps at Mark Marsh Oval.

Cumming posted 113 on what he described as a flat deck perfect for batting.

But considering his team lost their first three wickets for four runs, Cummings’ innings was one made under fire.

“It was tough when I first got out there as we had lost a few wickets, but I started timing the ball and it came together for me.

“We haven’t had a chance to practice our batting because of the floods and the rain so my timing was off.

“The pitch was a beauty for batting though and once I was in it began to click again.

“I was pretty happy with the innings and it gave us a good total which I feel pretty confident about defending.

“It’s our highest score for the season and we were missing a couple of bowlers in the afternoon which made it hard to crack their openers.”

Cumming shared in a solid partnership with middle order hitter Tyrone De Silva, who contributed a useful 75.

As two of the Strollers/Raiders players had to leave halfway through the afternoon, 13-year-old Luke Muggeridge was used as a fielder – giving the young cricket tragic a rare debut in first grade.

“He actually did pretty well young Luke, he’s a good fielder and he was pretty pumped about getting a chance to go out there and show what he can do,” Cumming said.

Cumming said his team would be almost guaranteed of a finals spot if they secured first innings points when hostilities resume this Saturday.

“We aren’t thinking about winning outright though,” he said.

“We have to concentrate on securing the first innings points, because that will be very valuable for us.

“If there is an opportunity to go for outright we will but we need to bowl them out first.

“We are right in the mix to claim the number one spot if we perform well this Saturday.”

In Saturday’s other matches, Laidley were on top of Brothers at Ivor Marsden Oval.

Brothers were dismissed for 134, with all-rounder Steven Heise top scoring with 37.

Laidley were 1/33 in reply as they attempted to secure first position on the Ipswich and West Moreton Division 1 ladder.

Northsiders predictably smashed Swifts around the park before rolling through their top order at Jensen Oval.

Northsiders posted 7/262 declared with David Lyons scoring 120 not out.

Ben Svenson chipped in with a well made 52 while Rob Hillier scored 45.

In reply Swifts are 5/95 with Shane Jackwitz 56 not out the club’s only hope in what continues to be a forlorn season.

Northsiders captain Marcus Hillier said he was happy with the batting performance.

He said most teams in the competition could beat each other on any given day.

“I think it will come down to luck and good batting to take out the title this year,” Hillier said.

“The batting will be really important as the top sides all have excellent bowling line-ups.”



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