Jayde Albertze smashes High Flyaz into orbit
Opener Jayde Albertze unfurled 17 boundaries as he cracked an unbeaten century to steer Renegades, the defending Evening Cricket League champions, to a crushing 84-run victory over High Flyaz at Shelly Bay Field.
Albertze, 36, struck six sixes and 11 fours after surviving one chance in his 108 not out — the league's first century for several seasons, according to organisers — and helped Renegades to pile up a daunting 196 for three before restricting High Flyaz to 112 for seven in reply.
KPMG, who lost all ten matches last season, secured a rare victory on the back of a near-century opening partnership that propelled them to a 29-run victory over Fine Leg Byes.
“It's our first win in a while, so I am very happy for the team,” said Dylan Marshall, the team's regular captain, who missed the game through injury.
McLaren Lowe rescued Tuff Dogs with an unbeaten 44 at No 7 as the former champions edged home by four wickets with three balls to spare against West XI.
Needing 16 to win off the final over, CV Chargers came up four runs short of their target as they slipped to defeat by De Wicketest in Week Three's other match.
Albertze was joined in the Renegades run spree by Nathan Clark, who made 54, including two sixes and two fours, and then took two for ten as High Flyaz's reply fell well short.
Durnferd Davis, the winning captain, said: “It was a great knock by Jayde; he was very patient, waiting for the bad balls and executing perfectly. He was dropped mid-innings and took full advantage of the mistake.”
Marnus De Lange made 47 and James Annandale 37 as the openers gave KPMG a flying start with a 93-run stand before Chris Moolman chipped in with 27 in their 141 for five, and then Satish Kumar pegged back Fine Leg Byes with three for 20 in their 112 for five.
Tuff Dogs appeared up against it, despite 20 from Terence Corday, the captain, until Lowe came to his side's rescue as they overhauled West XI's 94 for seven in the final over. Pick of the Tuff Dogs attack was Bevin Carr, who took two for 16, while Trevor Corday and Justin Corday followed him with respective figures of two for 23 and two for 29.
CV Chargers' Matt Watson took two for 15 and made 27, but could not prevent De Wicketest edging home after they posted 112 for three, in which Tallent Clark made top score of 32. Somers Carr, the captain, made 33 in CV Chargers' 109 for four, in which Terry Sousa took two for 28.
Shelly Bay Field (Renegades won toss): Renegades 196-3 (16 overs; Jayde Albertze 108 not out, Nathan Clark 54); High Flyaz 112-7 (16 overs). Renegades won by 84 runs.
Shelly Bay Field (De Wicketest won toss): De Wicketest 112-3 (16 overs; Tallent Clark 32); CV Chargers 109-4 (16 overs; Somers Carr 33). De Wicketest won by three runs.
Shelly Bay Field (KPMG won toss): KPMG 141-5 (16 overs; Marnus De Lange 47, James Annandale 37); Fine Leg Byes 112-5 (16 overs; Satish Kumar 3 for 30). KPMG won by 29 runs.
Shelly Bay Field (Tuff Dogs won toss): West XI 94-7 (16 overs); Tuff Dogs 98-6 (15.3 overs; McLaren Lowe 44 not out). Tuff Dogs won by four wickets.