Match Reports 2016-17 – February 18/25

A DO-or-die battle with Redlands will decide the fate of this season’s first grade wooden spoon as Souths fights to end its four-game winless run.

Defending 316 against Wynnum Manly on Saturday, the Magpies looked on track when the home side slipped to 9-297 on the back of efforts from Jamie Eccles(3-37), Drew Martel (3-113) and Ben Cutting (2-41).

However, an unbeaten last-wicket stand of 20 was enough to secure victory for Wynnum Manly and send Souths crashing to the bottom of the ladder.

The Magpies (34.70 points) will now prepare to face Redlands (39.55), who sit second-last, in a final-round clash at Norman Gray Oval on March 4-11.

Eccles will enter the fixture in red-hot form after crafting 128 against Wynnum Manly, his second ton of the season.

In second grade, Souths has climbed from the foot of the ladder with a heart-stopping 12-run win over fellow battle Wynnum Manly.

Led by knocks from Trent Pearce (130) and Louis Ellery (73), the Magpies piled on 328 on day one, before holding on for a crucial victory thanks to a three-wicket haul from Trent Statham and two from Ellery.

In third grade, a second-straight half-century from Sam Lindsay (58) helped the Magpies secure a morale-boosting draw with the Sea Eagles.

Sent into bat, Souths amassed 333 thanks largely to Lindsay, Justin Lee (54), Matt Casey (46) and Matt Lynch (42), with Wynnum Manly limping to 5-142 in reply.

Vishnu Avudainayagam finished with 2-31, while Lindsay, Lash Moodley and Lynch took one wicket apiece.

The Magpies kept their mathematical finals hopes alive in fourth grade with a 39-run first innings win over Wynnum Manly on Bob Young Oval.

Having posted 211 on the back of an Umair Warraich half-century, Souths dismissed the visitors for 172 as Hamish Barnett finished with four scalps.

Nick Ng then blasted an unbeaten 60 as Souths raced to 7-165 declared from 26.2 overs second time around, before Wynnum Manly reached 4-112 in its second dig.

In fifth grade, Logan Duval’s second ton of the season delivered a 104-run triumph over Toombul.

Duval’s 104 and half-centuries from Zac Campbell (72) and Gaurav Hedge (61) were the highlights in Souths’ total of 307, with Tim Stanton (6-61) continuing his devastating form with the ball to run through the hosts for 203.

Comeback kid Liam Clements (3-69) and Campbell (1-6) were the other wicket takers for the Magpies, who stumbled to 6-41 in their second innings.

Souths’ sixth graders slumped to outright defeat against Wynnum Manly after making 119 and 56 in its two digs.

In between, the visitors made 9-186 declared, despite the efforts of Adrian Watson (2-23), Corey Curran (2-50) and Dominic Coote (2-56).

Bill Duval (48) was the star in Souths’ first innings, while only two batsmen reached double figures in the second innings.

In the Sub Districts C3 competition, the Magpies’ fight to secure third spot – and a finals berth – looks set to go down to the wire after Springwood made 223.

In reply, Souths is 1-32, with Rob Day (20 not out) and Jack Zegenhagen (2 not out) at the crease.

Defeat would open the door for Logan City to steal third place.

Results Wrap

First Grade
Souths 316 def. by Wynnum Manly 9-317

Second Grade
Souths 328 def. Wynnum Manly 316

Third Grade
Souths 333 drew with Wynnum Manly 5-142

Fourth Grade
Souths 211, 7-165 declared def. Wynnum Manly 172, 4-112

Fifth Grade
Souths 307, 6-41 def. Toombul 203

Sixth Grade
Souths 119, 56 def. by Wynnum Manly 9-186 declared

Sub Districts (C3)
Springwood 223 vs. Souths 1-32