Big week­end for the Bulls

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Shane Herbst

A double-header week­end of cricket for the Cowaramup Bulls’ A-grade side proved fruit­ful for the club, as the side made light work of south­ern ri­vals Mar­garet River on Satur­day, be­fore back­ing it up with an­other big win at home against Duns­bor­ough on Sun­day.

On Satur­day the Bulls bowled first and the whole bowl­ing unit proved eco­nom­i­cal, but it was Bud­dhika Sanjeewa com­ing on as the sec­ond change bowler that broke their op­po­nent’s bat­ting open. Sanjeewa claimed 8-23, seven bowled, and in the process broke Phil Wray’s long­stand­ing A-grade club record of 7-21, help­ing to skit­tle the Hawks for 111.

In re­ply, the hosts got off to a flyer, with Shane Herbst blast­ing 59 off 40 balls be­fore fall­ing just shy of the tar­get as the Bulls romped to a nine-wicket win.

James Stanistreet (33), Ben Shep­herd (18), Fraser Oates (36) and Kaween De Silva (31) took the Bulls to 6-200 de­clared off 32 overs.

An out­right vic­tory seemed on the cards as Cowaramup pounced to have the Hawks at 5-12 in the sec­ond in­nings.

De­spite this, a strong stonewall ef­fort from the Hawks saw the Bulls de­nied the ex­tra points.

Sanjeewa fin­ished as man of the match with 11-37.

Duns­bor­ough posed a tough chal­lenge the next day, how­ever a mon­ster 153 by De Silva proved the cat­a­lyst for a 118-run win.

The hosts were in trou­ble at 3-23 be­fore De Silva and Oates took Cowaramup to 3-85 be­fore the lat­ter’s dis­missal.

De Silva had the rub of the green and cashed in, record­ing his maiden Aus­tralian ton and also break­ing Mike Hib­berd’s A-grade, and over­all club record, of 131, along the way by belt­ing 10 sixes.

Cowaramup’s 242 held them in good stead, and the bowl­ing unit again col­lec­tively fired as Adrian Wood­ward (1-17 off six), Sanjeewa (3-12 off 5.5), Shep­herd (2-45 off 10) and Oates (1-18 off seven) all bowled ideally un­der the cir­cum­stances.

To cap his day off, De Silva also bagged 3-13 in a bril­liant ef­fort, the home side rolling Duns­bor­ough for 124.

For­tunes were mixed for the Bulls’ B and C-grade sides, with B-grade go­ing down in a run-fest at Cowaramup Hard­wicket while C-grade snuck an im­por­tant sev­en­run vic­tory on the road.

Lead by Nick Healy, the Bulls’ bat­ting line up amassed 8-251 off their 45 overs, an in­tim­i­dat­ing to­tal to chase, how­ever Duns­bor­ough breezed to vic­tory as Ben Christ­mas struck a re­mark­able 148 not out en route to a seven-wicket win for his side.

C-grade also bat­ted first, with a trio of vet­er­ans lead­ing the way as Stu Wat­son (46), Rob Men­zies (29) and Mark Bar­rett-Len­nard (20) pro­vided the foun­da­tion of the team’s 8-160 to­tal. It proved just enough with an even team bowl­ing per­for­mance.

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