Upsets mark lead-up to season finals
There were a few ladder upsets in round 8 of the Geraldton Junior Cricket Association this week as teams dug deeper ahead of the 2017-18 finals series next month.
In the under-14s, third-placed Wanderers Black (6-123) set themselves up for a much-needed win against second-placed Towns (7121) at GBSC sports park on Saturday.
Wanderers Black batsmen James Hollins, Jimmy Hyde and Jacob Walton had cracking performances, leading the team to victory.
Hollins led the way, retiring with 30, and Walton retired on 22. Hyde gave Towns a run for their money with 26 but was later bowled.
There were no surprises when top-of-the-ladder Wanderers Gold (0-151) matched up against Sportsmans (83) on Saturday.
Batting first, Wanderers Gold stole the game with ease, finishing with eight of their 10 batsmen retiring.
Wanderers Gold’s Mitchell Thompson retired with a comfortable 30 runs, with the help of Kade Gillingham retiring on 29, to secure their win.
Other big efforts from the team included Seb Eastough’s bowling, taking the wickets of Sporties batsmen Noah Cachard (31) and James Greenlees (21).
Mitchell Thompson had a cracking three overs, taking two Sporties wickets and a catch that sent Angus Reader off the field.
In the under-17s, a top-of-the-ladder clash caused an upset as second-placed Towns White (7/148) took out Wanderers (10/128).
Towns White batsman Joshua Delacey led the way, smashing 63 not out.
Callum Marquis was looking fit to go all the way until he was bowled on 36 by Wanderers’ Kade Gillingham.
Wanderers batsman Jaidan Thompson had a good run, scoring 40 before falling leg before to Towns White’s Harry Forsyth.
With some exemplary bowling from Forsyth, snaring three leg before, the team secured the victory.
A second upset for the round was caused by fourth-placed Sportsmans (123), which defeated thirdplaced Towns Blue (120) at Muir Park on Sunday.
Sportsmans’ star batsman Darcy Ingle knocked 47 runs before falling leg before to Towns Blue’s Ethan Johnson.
Johnson continued his efforts to slow the Sporties’ progression to victory with two cracking catches but it was not enough to get them over the line.
Towns Blue’s batsman Travis Owen had a good game, scoring 48 runs before he was caught by Oliver Haste.
Towns White's batsman Callum Marquis prepares to hit the ball.
Under-17s Wanderers bowler Jaiden Thompson steams past umpire Dennis Hornby.