World play­ing in Perth

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

SOUTH Perth has kicked off its sea­son in style, with an epic one-run win over Mt Law­ley that came down to the fi­nal ball of the day at Breck­ler Park on Satur­day.

Af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, South Perth did not get off to the start it had en­vis­aged, los­ing 3-20 as Mo­hamed Ijaz wreaked some early havoc with the ball.

How­ever, a 39-run part­ner­ship from Brooke Guest and Hugh Brown stead­ied the ship for the vis­i­tors.

At 4-59, Jay­den Shaden­dorf and Brown fell in quick suc­ces­sion, leav­ing South Perth’s tail ex­posed.

Although the match ap­peared to swing in the Hawks’ favour, Chris Chellew en­tered the crease in sparkling touch, find­ing the bound­ary with ease as he pow­ered the to­tal past 100.

Chellew then found a part­ner in Alex Bevilaqua, with the pair belt­ing out a 75-run part­ner­ship and giv­ing their bowlers a to­tal to de­fend.

South Perth ended its in­nings at 8-198 af­ter bat­ting out the 50 overs.

Mt Law­ley then hit the crease with new skip­per and for­mer Perth Scorcher bats­man Michael Klinger.

It looked as though the run chase was go­ing to be shut down early by South Perth, with wick­ets fall­ing around Klinger.

How­ever, at 4-69, An­drew Bot­tega dug his heels in to build a much-needed part­ner­ship with Klinger.

The dy­namic duo put on a su­perb 88-run fifth-wicket stand to bring the Hawks within arms-length of vic­tory.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Hawks, the loss of Bot­tega at 4-157 sparked a mid­dle­order col­lapse, with Mt Law­ley los­ing four wick­ets in the space of 16 runs.

Although the Hawks were strug­gling at 8-173, Klinger was still at the crease, mak­ing a nui­sance of him­self for the South Perth bowlers.

Af­ter notch­ing a bril­liant cen­tury, Klinger was fi­nally dis­missed at 9-194 by Dar­ius D’Silva af­ter scor­ing a mar­vel­lous 103 runs from 130 de­liv­er­ies.

With only five runs left for vic­tory and one wicket left in the shed, the Hawks scram­bled their way to 197 with one ball re­main­ing and two runs left to win, but D’Silva was once again the man, tak­ing the fi­nal wicket and win­ning the game for South Perth and claim­ing his third wicket of the day in an im­pres­sive vic­tory. MT Law­ley won its first match of the sea­son over Bayswa­ter Mor­ley by 129 runs fol­low­ing a dom­i­nant bowl­ing dis­play on Sun­day at Hill­crest Lower.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, the Hawks lost su­per­star bats­man Michael Klinger for nought at 1-28, be­fore James Newn­ham and Ethan Petta found their rhythm.

The pair added 65 im­por­tant runs and firmly put the pres­sure back on the Bears’ bowl­ing at­tack.

How­ever, the Bears struck back sharply through Mitchell Todd, who took two wick­ets in two balls and brought the Hawks crash­ing back to earth at 3-93.

Tris­tan Hob­ley de­parted shortly af­ter at 4-118, as Newn­ham con­tin­ued to grind out a suc­cess­ful in­nings.

Newn­ham and An­drew Bot­tega pushed the to­tal to 141 be­fore Newn­ham’s day was ended af­ter a hard­fought half-cen­tury.

The Hawks en­joyed good ser­vice from their mid­dle and lower-or­der bats­men, with Jor­dan Chislett (35) and Bot­tega (32) the stand­outs, as the Hawks bat­ted the full 50 overs for a lofty to­tal of 7-213.

With the tar­get set, Bayswa­ter Mor­ley’s re­sponse could not have been any worse.

Af­ter los­ing Aaron Todd on the sec­ond ball of the in­nings, the run chase went from bad to worse in the blink of an eye.

Jor­dan Chislett and Ian Fish­man bam­boo­zled the bats­men with the ball, tak­ing seven wick­ets be­tween them.

Ross Loia­cono was the only re­sis­tance for the Bears, scor­ing an un­beaten 32.

The Bears were bowled out for a miserly 84. THE Perth Am­a­teur Soc­cer World Cup (PASWC) is of­fi­cially un­der way.

The mul­ti­cul­tural sport­ing event is now in its 20th con­sec­u­tive year, and eighth year at E&D Li­tis Sta­dium, the home of Floreat Athena Foot­ball Club in Mt Hawthorn.

The Oc­to­ber 2 event launch fea­tured per­for­mances by Pol­ish dance group Kukuleczka, dancers and drum­mers from the Brazil­ian As­so­ci­a­tion, and Marta Belly Dance.

PASWC is fully sanc­tioned by Foot­ball West, and hosts 39 teams from 26 coun­tries across three di­vi­sions.

The event runs un­til De­cem­ber 2.

To find out more, visit face­book.com/Perth-Am­a­teur-Soc­cer-World-Cup136108310886/.

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