Guyra seconds defeat The Armidale School, but misses out on semifinals

RETURN TO FORM: BJ Cameron found his feet in Guyra's second grade game against TAS. He scored 86 with the bat and took 3-13 with the ball.
RETURN TO FORM: BJ Cameron found his feet in Guyra's second grade game against TAS. He scored 86 with the bat and took 3-13 with the ball.

Guyra's second grade cricket team were too good for the ladder leading The Armidale School side in their round 18 clash on Saturday. 

While the Guyra side haven't made it through to the semi-finals, they're delighted with their victory, and look forward to their final game of the season, senior cricket co-ordinator Adrian Cameron said.

"We haven't beaten TAS this year. It was good to get one up on them!"

Guyra won the toss for the one-innings game at Armidale's Bellevue Oval, and batted first.

Guyra were all out on 260 runs from 43 overs, in reply, TAS were bowled out for 197 in 42.5 overs.

Some first grade players were put back into the team to give it some form.

"They'd been struggling with the bat," Cameron said.

"So they did their job up there. The blokes that we needed to get runs got them which is good."

BJ Cameron made 86 runs, and Troy Martin 47, the most of any player. Cameron also took 3-13 with the ball. 

Kieran Wicks made 27 runs, and took 1-31. Justin McKay made 17 runs, and Shane Wolfenden 14 runs. Craigie Connors took 3-41, Corey Torrens 2-50. 

On the enemy side, TAS' Harry Litchfield made 38 runs, and took 3-17. Toby Smith made 30 runs, and Andrew Kirk took 3-55.

The Guyra seconds will finish in fifth spot, just missing out on the semi-finals.

"It's a bit of a bugger our seconds won't actually make the semis," Adrian Cameron said.

"But it was good to get them back on the winning circle, that's for sure!"

Losing to Hillgrove two weeks ago, Cameron thought, jeopardised the team's chances.

"If we'd won that game, we were probably a spot in the semis," he said.

"We didn't get the results we wanted in second this season; we definitely had our chances, but we didn't capitalise on them at crucial times, probably."

The seconds will play their last game this weekend against City.

Cameron wasn't sure who would be in that side yet, but said a couple of blokes from the firsts would probably be back in.

Morale, Cameron said, was high in the second grade.

"The boys have all had a good year," he said.

"It's a hard grade to be in, because you've got players going into first grade and coming back out of first grade, and then you've got players from third grade coming up to fill spots."

There was a good happy vibe among all the players, he thought.

"They've all enjoyed their cricket, even though we're a bit disappointed we didn't make the semis, but everyone's still going to go out and enjoy themselves this weekend," he said.