Roelofsz, Fowler set win­ning to­tal

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Haydn Jones

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.

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