Raiders defeat Central Districts

THE weather has done few teams any favours this summer but Strollers-Raiders Division 2 team was the exception in the final round before Christmas.

Strollers-Raiders beat Central Districts in a 30-over game at Bruce Raleigh Oval on a weekend in which all other Division 2 fixtures were washed out.

It was a crucial win for Strollers-Raiders as Centrals were one spot above them on the Division 2 ladder in third spot.

Strollers-Raiders remain fourth after the win but now sit just a point behind Centrals and second-placed Laidley with Fassifern leading the competition.

There were several rain delays during the game but, fortunately for the home team, none during their batting innings.

Centrals, on the other hand, had to come off for rain three times in their innings of 98 from 27.2 overs.

For Strollers-Raiders, Dan Mathers, promoted from third grade for the match, took 3-4 from 3.2 overs while Taylor Jackwitz (2-16) and Justin Miller (2-18) were the other leading contributors with the ball.

They reached the target for the loss of five wickets in 22 overs with Kevin Borchett top scoring with 39.

It was still a challenge for Strollers-Raiders captain Troy Boettcher, as it has been all season, keeping his players positive with rain an ever present threat.

“A few of the guys didn’t really want to come on and off all day,” he said.

“It was a matter of getting your head around it.

“You’ve just got to try to keep it upbeat and positive, remind them there will be a result here and there is always a chance the other games don’t get results.”

It is not just games the rain has wrecked.

“It’s very frustrating,” Boettcher said.

“Most training sessions have been washed out.

“It’s really hard to get the team bonding going and enthusiasm. I’ve always got to be working hard on our enthusiasm.”

Strollers-Raiders are scheduled to play the bottom two teams, Swifts and Mt Crosby, when the competition resumes in the new year and Boettcher hopes the rain holds off so his team can push its way into the top three.

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