Shellharbour, Lakers make most of shortened South Coast chase

Wet, wet, wet: The covers come on at Oakleigh Park in the Twenty20 match between The Rail and Kookas on Saturday. Picture: Adam McLean
Wet, wet, wet: The covers come on at Oakleigh Park in the Twenty20 match between The Rail and Kookas on Saturday. Picture: Adam McLean

A swashbuckling 91 from opener Shawn Condello failed to be enough as Oak Flats were beaten by Shellharbour and the rain in Saturday’s shortened Twenty20 matches.

Condello blasted 10 fours and three sixes to set the Rats on course for a total of 5-173 from their 20 overs.

But as the wild weather set in, Shellharbour managed to have enough time at the crease to be 2-77 from eight overs in reply, Mitchell Phelps leading the charge with 28, while opener Mitch Watterson was unbeaten on 20. Watterson had also been the standout with the ball for Shellharbour, taking 3-26 from four overs, including the wicket of Condello as he chased a century late in the innings.

Lake Illawarra also took the points after a rain-reduced chase, smashing 1-50 off five overs against Gerringong.

Gerringong had recovered from 6-87 to make 9-131, James Barnes making 29 off 18 balls and Scott Groves 19 off 11, after opener Brendon Piggott earlier held the innings together with 33 runs.

In reply, former Sydney grade player Kerrod White an unbeaten 20, which was enough for the Lakers to take the points on Duckworth-Lewis. 

Kookas were the only team bowling second to earn victory, restricting The Rail to 4-34 off 7.3 overs, after earlier posting 7-115 off their 20 overs.

Jacob O’Connell took 3-12 off four overs.

In the Illawarra competition, every one-day match was abandoned, as just two overs were bowled in the day-nighter between Port Kembla and Wollongong.