Big weekend for the Bulls
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.