Clubbers slip up to hand Navarre special away win

NOT ENOUGH: Youth Club's Nic Baird top scored with 46 on Saturday but it was not enough as the Grasshoppers went on to record their second win of the season. Picture: Darren Howe.
NOT ENOUGH: Youth Club's Nic Baird top scored with 46 on Saturday but it was not enough as the Grasshoppers went on to record their second win of the season. Picture: Darren Howe.

Navarre delivered one of the upsets of the season to defeat Youth Club by 78-runs at the weekend.  The Clubbers made a strong start in their chase of 247 for victory. 

Koby Stewart and Angus Barham put on an opening stand of 57 to get the home side off to a flying start.

Stewart (13) and Barham (37) fell in quick succession but Nic Baird and Damon Folkes were able to continue to chip away at the total.

When the in-form Baird fell for 46 with his side still requiring 135 to win the Grasshoppers started to get on top. 

Picking up the last seven wickets for just 57 runs, the Grasshoppers recorded just their second win of the season against the depleted 10-man Youth Club side. 

Youth Club captain Cam Kimber said the middle order did not perform well enough.

“It was pretty disappointing in the end considering how good our start was,” he said.

“The middle order just couldn’t get enough runs.

“Unfortunately we only had 10-players but I don’t think it had an effect.”

Corey Wilkinson and Brad Slorach tore through the Clubbers’ batting lineup, picking up four and three wickets respectively.

The loss will have substantial ramifications for Youth Club’s finals hopes as they now slip to fourth on the ladder, just two points clear of fifth-placed Buangor. ​