Roelofsz, Fowler set winning total
HARVEY Benger Cricket Club posted its first win for the season in a 50 over match, defeating Hay Park at home on Saturday.
Batting first, Harvey Benger got off to a bad start losing Haydn Jones in the first over.
Alex Verrall (26) and Anton Fimmano (21) then had a 49-run partnership before both players were out trying to play leg side shots.
Harvey Benger were 3-52, when a 157 run match-winning partnership formed between Scott Fowler and Francois Roelofsz who punnished the Hay Park bowlers before Fowler was dismissed for 69, stumped off the bowling of Shaun Bulman. Roelofsz was eventually dismissed for a well made 82.
Harvey Benger lost 4-40 chasing quick runs before a 35-run partnership between Rowan Morrison, 28 not out, and Darren Bozanich, 19, ended the innings on 8-285.
In reply, Harvey Benger got off to an amazing start with Bozanich dismissing Steve Florance first ball of the innings. Bozanich, 3-15 off 10 overs, and Harley Italiano, 2-20 off five overs ripped through Hay Park’s top order, leaving the home side 5-39.
However, Hay Park recovered through a 134-run partnership between Daniel Sheppard, 72, and Chris Waddingham, 82.
Sheppard and Waddingham hit nine sixes in their partnership but were always well behind the required run rate and were eventually dismissed by Roelofsz, 3-55. The Hay Park tail crumbled chasing the score and in the end were dismissed for a total of 215.
On Sunday, Harvey Benger played two T20 matches at home to complete the home and away round of the second grade T20 competition.
In the first match against Colts, Harvey Benger won the toss and elected to bat but struggled to maintain any momentum losing wickets at regular intervals. Anton Fimmano, 25 off 38 and Frank Minella, 24 off 19 helped the home side to 7-112.
In reply, Colts started their run chase well while Harvey Benger failed to make the most of their opportunities. Colts passed Harvey Benger’s total with 15 balls to spare, only losing three wickets.
Harvey Benger’s second game was against an undefeated Dalyellup Beach in Harvey. Dalyellup Beach won the toss and elected to bat with opener Ryan Smoker, 66 off 50, punishing any loose balls to the boundary.
Smoker was well supported by Murray Tennent-Brown, 30 off 24 and Ben Lagana, 22 off 18. Dalyellup Beach ended their 20 overs 6/149 with Aaron Jovanovic, 2-25 and Scott Fowler, 2-29 the best Harvey Benger bowlers.
In reply, Harvey Benger lost Francois Roelofsz, on two, Anton Fimmano, on six and Haydn Jones, on 13, early to leave the home side 3-33.
However, middle order aggressive batting from Tim Fitzgerald, 28 off 20, Jack Italiano, 31 off 31, and Scott Fowler, 28 off 17, helped Harvey Benger maintain the run rate required. Needing 21 off the final two overs, Rowan Morrison, eight runs off six balls was able to find the boundary early in the over but was stumped chasing quick runs.
With seven balls left, Harvey Benger needed 13 runs to win, with Alex Verrall and Frank Minella batting. Verrall was able to hit two runs off the final ball of the over, leaving 11 to go off the final six balls, but Minella and Verrall were only able to score singles off the first two balls.
Needing nine runs off four balls, Minella was able to turn a single into a two due to hard running from both batsmen. With seven runs required off three balls, Minella missed the ball which meant the home side needed seven off two hitting into the wind.
Minella stepped outside off stump and flicked the ball over fine leg for six. With one run needed off the last ball, Dalyellup Beach brought all the fielders into the ring. Minella hit the final ball hard to a diving mid off and was able to complete the required single to win.
Harvey Benger have qualified for T20 finals which will be played on the December 3.
Francois Roelofsz had a great weekend of cricket for Harvey Benger, hitting Jaysen Miguel for six.
Frank Minella hits the winning runs required off the final ball.
Harvey Benger celebrate after Harley Italiano took a great caught and bowled to dismiss Kris Miller.