Up­sets mark lead-up to sea­son fi­nals

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport -

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.

Pic­ture: Zoe Keenan

Towns White's bats­man Cal­lum Mar­quis pre­pares to hit the ball.

Un­der-17s Wan­der­ers bowler Jaiden Thomp­son steams past um­pire Den­nis Hornby.

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