Karl Whatham notched up his maiden First Grade century on Saturday as his Balmain side pulled off an amazing victory over Sydney rivals St. George. The Tigers were chasing an unlikely 372 for victory, but thanks to Karl's brilliant 134 they reached their target with 10 minutes to spare. While Karl has been in good form with the bat since returning from his successful summer with Lymington, his claim to be the Southern League's leading wicket taker has obviously fallen on deaf ears in the Balmain changing room. Sadly the mopped-topped swing bowler who took 37 wickets for Lymington in the summer has yet to be invited to turn his arm over this season.
Lymington First XI opening batsman Martin Hunt has gradually been finding his feet Down Under. In his latest Third Grade match for Balmain at St George, Marty took 3 for 20 and scored 47, although it wasn't enough to prevent the Tigers from falling to another heavy defeat. However, Marty did have a good excuse for losing the match, and it's one that highlights the potential pitfall of playing a match over two weekends. It seems that the St George groundsman had mysteriously neglected to cut the outfield following the home side's innings the previous Saturday, making it nigh-on impossible for the Tigers to register any boundaries. Try hitting it the air, lad!