Rapley shows courage beyond his years in returning to the crease

HIS father was known for his bravery on the football field but on Saturday, Kobe Rapley showed fortitude of a different kind.

Seven days after Warwick Rapley died after collapsing on the cricket field, and one day after his farewell, his young son got back out on the field and helped Souths YDs to a seven-wicket win over Colts YDs at John McGrath 1.

Opening the batting, Rapley belted five fours and a six on his way to 38 as the Hornets youth side chased down the 66 runs required for victory.

Earlier, Jonty Busch had starred with the ball for Souths YDs, taking the remarkable figures of 4/5 from four overs in a spell which also included one maiden.

Glenn Armstrong provided the bulk of the runs for Colts YDs, making 33 before he was the first of Busch's victims.

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Kieran Henry continued his domination of the third grade batting ranks with an unbeaten century as RSL-Colts ended 2012 on a high with a five-wicket win over Rugby at Lady Cutler 1.

Henry belted the ball to all parts of the ground as he made his way to 103no, pretty much two-thirds of Colts final total of 5-154.

His innings, and 30 from Wayne Cole, also deflected the attention off their fellow top-order players as Adam Barraclough, Brad Murahari, Matt Devrell and Pat Cuskelly all recorded ducks. Gary Goodman was the pick of the Rugby bowlers, taking 3/31 from seven overs. Earlier, the Colts bowlers shared the wickets around as they restricted Rugby to just 153.

Murahari took 3/28 from eight while A McKernan and Barraclough each bagged two wickets.

Cameron Herd may not have quite made it to his century but he helped Newtown to a 54-run win over Souths in their match at John McGrath 2 on Saturday.

Opening the innings, Herd made 95 before falling to the bowling of Sam McDermott, who was the pick of the Souths bowlers on the day with 2/24 from eight overs.

Herd put on partnerships of 59 with Warwick Finlay (37) and 50 with Zac Warwick (27) before combining with Charlie Whiteley (36) for a 75-run stand as Newtown made 6/216 from their 40 overs.

Souths got off to a slow start when Jason Blackford fell for six and Bryce O'Connor for a duck but Kurt Devonport (57) and Dave Masters (24) got their side rolling with a 52-run stand.

In the end though, despite a 47-run last-wicket partnership between Henry Railz (31) and Murray Jones (14) Souths could only muster 162.

Brady Brooks was the best of the Newtown bowlers, taking 4/37 from his eight overs.

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