The good, the bad and the ugly of T20 clash

Geraldton Guardian - - SPORT - Vic­tor Tanti

Was he hurt, hav­ing a breather or say­ing a prayer? What­ever, Towns opener Vi­jil Vargh­ese did some mighty hit­ting in a T20 clash last Fri­day night, in­clud­ing scor­ing 16 runs off three suc­ces­sive balls. Un­for­tu­nately, Sports­mans’ Jar­rod Jupp had a hor­ror night — de­spite be­ing on the win­ning side — with con­cerned team­mates ral­ly­ing around the tal­ented young­ster af­ter he landed awk­wardly in the field and broke his arm.

There were ups and there were downs — and just four runs be­tween Sports­mans and Towns in the sec­ond Young Mo­tors T20 cricket clash on a cool Won­thella night last Fri­day.

Sports­mans’ skip­per Clint Yeates sent his ri­vals in as they com­piled 5-103, thanks mainly to opener Vi­jil Vargh­ese (43 off 36 balls).

He hit two sixes and four fours, in­clud­ing a se­quence of six, four, six from suc­ces­sive Ben Star­ling de­liv­er­ies. Josh Delacy (21no) was use­ful, while Aaron McAuliffe (3-11 off four overs) was the best of the bowlers.

A spe­cial men­tion should be made of Jono Jones, who has re­turned to Sports­mans and is a very handy ad­di­tion, and Cody Bone. Their com­bined eight overs cost only 33 runs.

The down­side for Sports­mans was a bro­ken arm suf­fered by Jar­rod Jupp, sus­tained af­ter he landed awk­wardly.

He is a gifted young­ster and will hope­fully re­cover quickly.

De­spite the mod­est tar­get, Towns made Sports­mans wait un­til the sec­ond ball of the last over for their win. Yeates (18 off 22 balls) opened and pros­pered un­til bowled by Ethan John­son, a 16year-old with gen­uine pace. Fif­teen of his 24 balls were dots and he con­ceded just one bound­ary.

Josiah Smith was tight, giv­ing up just 15 runs as was Evans (2-16) and his sec­ond wicket re­duced Sports­mans to 4-61 and need­ing seven an over.

Towns could have won but dropped catches let Bone (33no off

32) and McAuliffe (31no off 24) com­plete a nar­row win.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Towns’ Vi­jil Vargh­ese takes a quick break.

Wor­ried team­mates check on Jar­rod Jupp af­ter he broke his arm.

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Spor­ties bowler Cody Bone bowls to Vi­jil Vargh­ese, of Towns.

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