Early wick­ets prove costly

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

JOON­DALUP suf­fered its sec­ond loss in a row to start the 2017- 18 WA Premier Cricket sea­son, go­ing down to Midland- Guild­ford by two wick­ets in a tight tus­sle.

It wasn’t the start Joon­dalup was look­ing for, los­ing opener Gar­rick Mor­gan for a duck and No. 3 bats­man Mitchell Dixon for one, leav­ing the home side on 25. How­ever, Jaron Mor­gan set about try­ing to resur- rect the in­nings af­ter find­ing a part­ner in Jake Zsilinksy.

The pair put on a po­ten­tially match- sav­ing part­ner­ship of 54 be­fore Mor­gan was dis­missed af­ter crunch­ing a pow­er­ful half- cen­tury.

It was a mod­est to­tal to chase down for Mid­landGuild­ford, which was made all the more dif­fi­cult af­ter los­ing 3- 15 to open the in­nings.

Joe Inglis did his best to nul­lify the Midland- Guild­ford bat­ting line up, tak­ing 3- 31.

Un­for­tu­nately for the home side it was not enough, as Char­lie Cas­sell did the dam­age with bat and ball to get his team over the line in the 41st over.

Joon­dalup 157 ( Mor­gan 55, Zsilin­sky 45, Cas­sell 3- 24) de­feated by Midland Guild­ford 8- 158 ( Cas­sell 32, Kir­wan 31, Inglis 3- 31), Iluka Sports Com­plex 1.

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