The Centralian advocate Tue 31 Oct 2017
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TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 2017 SPORT 27 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA ALICE Springs cricketers continue to shine on the big stage, with former Rovers spearhead Daniel Clarke the latest to impress. Playing for Glenelg in the SACA West End first-grade competition, Clarke put in a stellar day of bowling on Saturday to record figures of 6/115 from a staggering 24 overs against East Torrens. IT was a case of double trouble for Alice Tigers on Saturday afternoon, with the side losing both matches of their double header to West and PROBuild Rovers, respectively. Last seasons T20 grand finalists lost their first game on Saturday to West in a grandfinal rematch by seven wickets before going down to Rovers by 55 runs. Starting the day batting against West, Tigers were on the back foot early as both Alice Tigers' Gagan Ralh hits out against West on Saturday afternoon Picture: CHARLIE LOWSON Tigers caged by West, Rovers in T20 double opening batsmen were dismissed in the first four overs with the score at just five. Opening bowler Jayden Dick proved difficult to get away for the Tigers batsmen he recorded 0/5 from his four overs in an incredible performance. Tigers middle order provided some resistance to West, with Gagan Ralh and Aniruddh Haldar pairing for a 36run partnership, but West bowlers eventually dismissed the side for just 74. West opening batsman Nick Whyte (38*) then helped steer his side to victory in the 17th over. Tigers looked to bounce back straight away against Rovers, but Rovers top order continued the pain. Captain Matt Paterson (15), Praveen Kumar (31), Brent Hay (20) and Scott Allen (43) set Rovers innings up well and helped the side post a competitive 143. The Tigers reply got off to an impressive start, with Ash Sahota (13) and Surinder Singh (29) putting on 43 for the first wicket. Things then fell apart for the competitions newest club, with only Mukhvinder Singh (11) able to reach double figures as the side was dismissed for a paltry 88. Paterson was the chief destroyer for Rovers, claiming figures of 3/14 from four overs, while debutant Ariki Lowe impressed with tidy figures of 0/14 from 3.4 overs and three catches. In the final game of the day, Federal Asbuild were able to escape with a victory against a gutsy Gapview Works side in their first T20 match. Relying heavily on a host of new faces, Federal scored a last-over victory against Gapview, hitting the winning runs with just four balls remaining to win by six wickets. Batting first, Gapview set a competitive total of 9/127 from 20 overs thanks largely to Yasitha Malalasekaras 30 runs to open the batting. Federal lost Mitchell Donaldson with the first ball of their innings, but the clubs middle order stood tall, with Jacob Brewer (35), Daniel Donaldson (28) and Shannan Ryan (33*) leading the side to victory. Anthony Geppa CRICKET Desert Lashes on the big stage DERBY Day at Flemington is regarded as the biggest day on the Australian racing calendar. There will be added interest from a Northern Territory perspective come tomorrow when the former Alice Springstrained Desert Lashes will make her debut down the famous Flemington straight. Part-owner and Darwinbased trained Garry Lefoe Jr confirmed that the four-yearold mare will contest the $200,000 Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m). Thats after Desert Lashes produced an eye-catching debut in Melbourne on October 14, coming fifth against fellow mares in the $150,000 Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks Handicap (1200m). Lefoe, who trained Niccoco to victory in the Palmerston Sprint (1200m) at this years Darwin Cup Carnival, was at Caulfield that day and paraded Desert Lashes in the mounting yard for trainer Shayne Cahill, who rode the horse. She slipped at the start and she was made to work pretty hard as they set a cracking pace early, so she was entitled to feel the pinch in the closing stages, Lefoe said. However, she still proved competitive and only finished 2 lengths behind the winner Cool Passion. It was a super run. The form stacks up, as Cool Passion backed up the following week to finish second in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes. Desert Lashes made the trip from Adelaide the day before the race at Caulfield, but Im not sure what Shayne has planned when he takes her back to Melbourne. We had planned a Melbourne campaign earlier in the year because we thought she had the ability, but it will be interesting to see how she performs down the Flemington straight for the first time. She will perhaps be waiting for a corner, but she has the form and the class and its good to see her fit and racing against quality opposition after pulling a muscle back in May. Racing against good horses is a learning curve for Desert Lashes and although shes always improving, shes good enough to be racing in Adelaide and Melbourne. Lefoe was unsure if Cahill, who had once identified Fridays Group 1 Manikato Stakes for Desert Lashes, would ride the mare at Flemington because he cant ride under 56kg. At this stage, were not sure what she will carry on Derby Day, but Shayne may have to find a replacement rider, Lefoe said. Under the guidance of Alice Springs trainer Lisa Whittle, Desert Lashes won her first five races in the Red Centre before winning three straight at Morphettville in Adelaide. David White HORSE RACING Daniel Clarke in Alice Springs during his Rovers days Clarke the latest Centralian to shine Clarke opened the bowling for the Seahorses and tore through the East Torrens middle order in a career-best performance. Clarkes impressive bowling was not enough, however, to stop East Torrens posting a formidable total of 9/371 in its first innings, with former SA Redbacks opening batsman Ben Dougall the star with 178. Fellow Territorian Luke Robins also participated in the match, opening the batting for East Torrens. However, Robins could not trouble the scorers, being dismissed for a ninth-ball duck. Lukes brother Tate and fellow NT lad Joel Logan also took to the field for East Torrens, recording scores of 0 and 14 respectively. The match will continue on Saturday afternoon, with Glenelg to begin their large run chase. CRICKET