Up­set of the sea­son

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Sport -

SJ Blues’ first-grade side scored the up­set of the sea­son, sneak­ing home on the penul­ti­mate ball against CBC at Briggs Park on Saturday, De­cem­ber 16.

Field­ing a be­low-strength side, a pos­i­tive SJ team took the field against their more fan­cied op­po­nents. CBC bat­ted con­ser­va­tively with an open­ing part­ner­ship of 81 but they were rocked by an ex­plo­sive spell by Michael El­phin­stone.

In his first-grade de­but, El­phin­stone cap­tured four wick­ets to help re­strict CBC to a mod­est to­tal of 5-139 from their 40 overs. Shawn Evans (0-23) and Phillip Hicks (0-20) bowled bril­liantly from their eight overs, as the SJ field­ing was out­stand­ing. The chase for SJ be­gan brightly, as Dean Ful­ford (39) and John Mur­phy (22) com­bined for an open­ing part­ner­ship of 57. Liam Davidson (26) con­tin­ued the mo­men­tum but a mid­dle-or­der col­lapse slowed SJ, who went from 5-132 to 9136. It was left to tailen­der Phillip Hicks to score the win­ning runs with a ball to spare.

Third Grade trav­elled to CBC and were com­pre­hen­sively beaten. The home team bat­ted first and to­talled 7-182. In re­ply SJ were never in the hunt, reach­ing 5-108 from their 40 overs. Only Kim Ma­son (32) and Brad Chalmers (52 n.o.) made any head­way against an ac­cu­rate at­tack.

Field­ing six ju­nior play­ers, SJ sixth-grade side bat­ted first against Ken­wick and to­talled 120. Top scor­ers were Clay­ton Stone (29), Neil Bartlett (28) and Mark Pater­son (23). Ken­wick replied with 5-163 from their 40 overs.

The 1C team wel­comed top side Wil­let­ton Crows to Mundi­jong Oval.

The vis­i­tors amassed 212. SJ Blues’ re­ply only lasted 13 overs, as they were rolled for a pal­try 42.

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