Red­backs keep up fi­nals hope

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER | SPORT - Mitchell Wood­cock

HAY Park kept its slim fi­nals hopes alive with a tight three-run win over Leschenault at the Leschenault Sports Ground on Satur­day.

The Red­backs were sent in to bat and strug­gled through­out the in­nings, los­ing reg­u­lar wick­ets to be all out for just 105 in the 46th over.

It all started when James Letch­ford (3-19 off 8.1 overs) re­moved Michael Tas­sone for a first ball duck.

Jar­rad Quinn was the best bowler of the day, tak­ing five wick­ets, start­ing with Char­lie Home (3) thanks to a catch from Tom Buchanan.

The dan­ger­ous Ash­ley Sbizzirri (23) was Quinn’s se­cond vic­tim thanks to a catch from Lach­lan Gold­ing.

Brody D’Agostino (2-19 off 10 overs) got the big wicket of Hay Park cap­tain Jono Whit­ney, who failed to trou­ble the scor­ers.

Hay Park was in dis­ar­ray at 5-47 when Tom Scott (7) was caught by Josh Grime off D’Agostino.

Letch­ford re­turned to the at­tack with great af­fect as Jono Miller (14) was the sixth wicket to fall.

Quinn then claimed three quick wick­ets, re­mov­ing James Ewing (10), Jack Char­ters (5) and Shaun Bul­man (0).

Marty Foster (27) did his best to of­fer re­sis­tance, but when he was caught by Grime off Letch­ford, Hay Park had seem­ingly posted a sub-par score.

Leschenault got its chase off to a good start with Matt Buchanan (7) and Gold­ing (6) putting on 25 runs for the first wicket, but Char­ters (1-17 off nine overs) got the first wicket.

Ewing (3-17) then got three quick wick­ets, dis­miss­ing Gold­ing, Kurt D’Agostino (6) and Tom Buchanan (19), while Whit­ney (4-20) got the key wicket of Quinn (8), leav­ing Leschenault at 5-68.

Whit­ney then bowled Ben Roberts (0), Letch­ford (7) and trapped Nick Webb (3) lbw and all of a sud­den Hay Park were in with a chance as the Green Caps fell to 8-84.

Brody D’Agostino (7 not out) and Grime (11) pushed Leschenault past the 100 mark, but Home (2-2 off 2.1 overs) swung the mo­men­tum, re­mov­ing the lat­ter.

When Michael New­man was dis­missed for a duck, Leschenault was all out for 102 and Hay Park had claimed the most un­likely of vic­to­ries.

Pic­ture: Zach Relph

Leschenault's Matt Buchanan got the run chase off to a good start.

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