Harrismith chase down huge total against reigning premiers as Arron Quartermaine hits brilliant century
A superb century from Arron Quartermaine guided Harrismith to a second straight victory in the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association on Saturday.
Quartermaine blasted 100 from 120 balls to steer his side to victory over reigning premiers Pingelly-Noonebin in round five in Harrismith.
Pingelly-Noonebin posted 6-220 batting first but through Quartermaine’s brilliant knock, Harrismith emerged six-wicket winners with 16 balls to spare in a terrific run chase.
Quartermaine smacked 11 fours and two sixes in the high-scoring game.
Luke Couch got Harrismith off to a flying start in the run chase with a quick-fire 33 from 19, and then fellow opener Caen Taylor was dismissed soon after to leave their side 2-43.
However Rohan Bilney joined Quartermaine at the crease and that pair took their side into triple figures with an 82-run stand.
Bilney was caught and bowled by Brett Blechynden for 34 with his side still requiring 96 for victory.
However, Quartermaine took control of the innings and put Harrismith well in front of the run rate with the support of Jamie Miller.
Quartermaine and Miller put their side in a commanding position with a 95-run partnership and Quartermaine notched his ton with a single before being caught two balls later to end a match-winning knock.
His side required one for victory and they were able to seal it finishing on 4-221 with Miller unbeaten on 34.
Tom Blechynden led the way for Pingelly-Noonebin with 66 while Luke Brown (36), Tyson Kirk (31) and Dylan Kirk (23) all got starts.
Williams jumped to second after finishing 18-run winners over Wandering at Williams.
A solid 81 from Rodney Ford and contributions from Robert Rose (36) and Michael Cowcher (33no) helped them post 8-205 while Jacob Schorer (2-16) and Graham Caldwell (2-28) took multiple wickets for Wandering.
In reply Wandering made a good fist of the run chase with Carl Garrick (64), Bryan Hardie (44) and Schorer (34) playing well but 4-29 from Toby Lavender restricted the visitors to 187.
Cuballing successfully chased down Towns’ total to notch their second win of the season, winning by six wickets in Cuballing.
Towns posted 134 batting first with Nick Corner scoring 78 but Brock Francis took 5-21 in a terrific spell.
A 95-run opening stand from Francis (47) and Blair Forrest (42) got Cuballing into a strong position and they cruised to victory finishing on 4-135.
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