Central in superb form with the bat

BATTERS: Centrals' top batting Scott Collison (122*) and Bradley Smith (106*) proved too much for South Whyalla over the weekend.

BATTERS: Centrals' top batting Scott Collison (122*) and Bradley Smith (106*) proved too much for South Whyalla over the weekend.

Central Whyalla 2/275 (S. Collison 122*, B. Smith 106*) defeated South Whyalla 10/96 (J. Davis 46*; J. Croft 6/16)

Sunday afternoon saw the dynamic duo remind everyone that old dogs may not be able to learn new tricks, but they certainly don’t forget their old ones.

Central captain Scott Collison and five-time Whyalla News medalist Bradley Smith would most certainly been candidates for a relaxing Radox bath after both putting on a clinic for the adoring Central Whyalla faithful.

Batting first, Central were 2/64 after Dunbar (10) and Croft (23) were dismissed, bringing the long-time dominant batsmen together.

This unleashed the carnage.

Collison and Smith went on to post a 211-run partnership where

Collison finished his innings on 122* and Smith 106*.

Both players were able to manipulate the bowlers to all parts of the oval, displaying timing, power, patience and aggression.

This is the second time in three innings this season the Brad Smith has carried his bat through the full 50 overs which is a credit to his mental strength and physical fitness.

Collison after copping a ‘good one’ in round one, has not been dismissed since adding to his 20 odd not out last week and looking in ominous touch.

Run making has not been South’s strong point recently which made the task of chasing 275 a difficult one, however, Ryan Brett and John Davis got them off to a good start.

When Brett was dismissed for 19, this left Davis with too much work to do on his own, however, he faught hard to end not out with 46, being the highlight of the batting innings.

Jayden Croft was the pick of the bowlers with a tremendous 6/16, ripping the heart out of the South middle order.

South look to face off against an inform Roopena next Saturday while Central will look to get some redemption for their round one loss to the Magpies.