Man­grove crush Roe­buck

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

Roe­buck Bay Cricket Club took on Man­grove Cricket Club in a topof-the-ta­ble clash last week­end.

The two sides faced each other at Broome Aquatic and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre’s Nip­per Roe Oval, with Roe­buck win­ning the all-im­por­tant coin toss and pad­ding up to bat first.

Their en­thu­si­asm was short­lived as Man­grove’s Far­ley Mur­ton and Bren­don Trig­well bowled ex­cel­lently to take two for 13 runs in seven overs, and Roe­buck was in trou­ble early at four for 23 runs.

Some much-needed de­fence was pro­vided by Roe­buck’s Max and Bren­don Virgo, mak­ing 50 not out and a quick 18 runs to strug­gle to seven for 128 runs off the 35 overs.

Man­grove’s men were sent in, Bradley Lovell fall­ing al­most im­me­di­ately for 13 runs, but the team was never in doubt as Brian Hall and Matt Michael in­creased the lead by 50 and 58 runs, win­ning the day on six wick­ets for 173 runs.

It was a slaugh­ter in the other A-grade match as Dirty Dozen bat­tled Wan­der­ers at Male Oval on Satur­day. Wan­der­ers bat­ted briefly but lost their open­ing bats­man on the first ball as he was caught out at cover. Dozen bowler Rex McCor­mack took two wick­ets for 12 runs and Casey Zep­nick ripped through five wick­ets for nine runs.

Wan­der­ers even­tu­ally col­laps­ing on 24 runs with just a sin­gle boundary dur­ing their 16 overs.

A well-timed break from the harsh sun was called and the match was mo­men­tar­ily for­got­ten, with ev­ery player glued to their phones for tele­vised cov­er­age of the Caulfield Cup race.

Af­ter the respite, Josh Lin­ton and McCor­mack were sent in first to chase down Wan­der­ers’ score.

Third in the line, Ri­ley Forde was sent in to clean up af­ter Lin­ton fell be­fore the to­tal could reach 22 runs, and the Dozen raced to an easy to­tal of 170.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Dirty Dozen's Rex McCor­mack sends a shot to­wards the boundary against Wan­der­ers.

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