John Elliot’s bowling proved the difference between his Ex-Services side and Guyra while in Saturday’s final round of the one-day season.
Elliot was the standout, taking 6-28 in the low-scoring encounter but not far behind him were two young guns making their impact on the game felt with the bat in hand. Servies’ 15-year-old Benji Marshall and Guyra 16-year-old BJ Cameron top scored for their sides with 40 and 48 respectively.
Winning the toss and electing the bat, Servies were dealt with early blows as the scorecard from their top five batsmen read 10, 0, 5, 0 and 12.
Enter Marshall. The youngster kept his side’s innings alive with an unbeaten 40 not out.
“That was outstanding. It was a really mature and patient innings I thought,” Elliot said.
“Him and Brad Widders (23) put on a pretty good partnership which steadied the ship.”
Guyra’s innings got off to a troubled start with Matt Finley dismissed by Josh Targett on the second ball.
Elliot landed his first wicket of the game with Heath Dowsett sent packing on 8.
Cameron stood tall at the crease with batsman falling all around him.
His stand came to an end off the bowling of Elliot and Guyra couldn’t manage to reach Servies total, posting 125 runs.
“The middle third, we probably let it slip a little and they just consolidated. To BJ Cameron's credit, he batted really well and capitalised on us slacking off in that middle period,” Elliot said.
“I was lucky enough to jump back on and pick up five in my second spell.”
Servies have the bye this weekend.