Victory for Donnybrook
Donnybrook defeated Harvey Benger Cricket Club’s secondgrade side by 81 runs on Saturday at Egan Park.
The home side elected to bat first and the visitors were immediately on the back foot, with 18 runs coming off the first over. Harvey Benger struggled against the big hitting from Donnybrook’s Mark Manea, who scored 82 off 43 balls before being caught by Alex Verrall off the bowling of Zak Italiano in the 15th over.
Sensing they needed to turn the tide, a change to spin helped slow the run rate slightly but Donnybrook still amassed 276 off their 45 overs.
Best performing bowlers for the visitors were Scott Fowler (2/34 off nine overs) and Francois Roelofsz (2/45 off nine overs).
In reply, Harvey Benger started well, but lost Anton Fimmano for 20 off the bowling of Mitchell Clothier.
Clothier proceeded to dis- miss Alex Verrall (29) and Harley Italiano (1) to leave the visitors struggling at 3/58.
A middle order 70-run partnership between Scott Fowler (46 off 71 balls) and Joseph Versaci (46 off 36 balls) helped Harvey Benger regain some momentum before a late-order collapse of 5/22 ended their innings on 195.
Harvey Benger's Anton Fimmano faces bowler Stuart Clarke last season.
Harvey Benger captain Scott Fowler celebrates a century back in February.