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. As the wild weather set in, Shellharbour had enough time at the crease to be 2-77 from eight overs in reply, Mitchell Phelps leading the charge with 28, while Mitch Watterson was unbeaten on 20. 

Lake Illawarra also took the points after a rain-reduced chase, smashing 1-50 off five overs against Gerringong who recovered from 6-87 to make 9-131. James Barnes had 29 off 18 balls and Scott Groves 19 off 11, after opener Brendon Piggott made a steady 33.

Kerrod White had unbeaten 20 in reply, 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.