Marist pre­vail in arm wres­tle

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Ha­dyn Jones

Har­vey-Benger Cricket Club sec­ond grade strug­gled against Marist’s medium pac­ers af­ter it elected to bat first in Har­vey on Satur­day.

Af­ter overnight rain, the cov­ers were re­moved re­veal­ing a wicket that had some mois­ture in the sur­face.

The home side lost reg­u­lar wick­ets to be 5-27, al­though a cou­ple of mid­dle or­der part­ner­ships gave them some hope be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing dis­missed for 97 off 37 overs.

Hamish Min­ton (22) and Scott Fowler (19) were the top scor­ers for the home side with Louis Mazza tak­ing 3-19 off 10 overs.

In re­ply, Har­vey-Benger were able to take their first wicket when the score was 12 but Marist raced to 1-32 off seven overs.

Tight bowl­ing and de­fen­sive bat­ting made the game an armwres­tle with Marist scor­ing the next 70 runs off 30 overs, while los­ing three more wick­ets.

Fran­cois Roelofsz was the best bowler for Har­vey-Benger with 2-10 off eight overs.

Sec­ond grade will face Ea­ton next week.

Har­vey-Benger third grade fell to their sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son on Satur­day, los­ing by five wick­ets to Marist.

Af­ter los­ing the toss, Har­veyBenger were sent in to bat in tricky con­di­tions.

A good sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Cam Pfitzner (25) and Tim Fitzger­ald (25) saw the score push close to 50 be­fore Pfitzner was given out LBW.

This trig­gered a mini col­lapse with Har­vey-Benger fall­ing to 5-58. Luke Pfitzner (19) and Ethan Allen-Han­cock (24) were able to put up some re­sis­tance but wick­ets fell at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals and Har­vey-Benger were dis­missed for 117.

In the chase for wick­ets Dar­ren Bozanich was brought into the at­tack early get­ting two break­throughs (2-29, six overs).

Josh Ador­netto also proved dif­fi­cult for Marist (1-23, seven overs).

Turn­ing back the clock, John Crog­nale pro­duced an in­spired spell of spin bowl­ing (1-12, eight overs) to put some jit­ters into the Marist lower or­der.

But ul­ti­mately there weren’t enough runs to de­fend as Marist reached the to­tal with five wick­ets in hand.

Hamish Min­ton was solid scor­ing 22 in his team loss to Marist.

This aerial shot shows the Har­vey-Benger Cricket Club fac­ing off against a dan­ger­ous Marist squad in Har­vey on Satur­day.

Har­vey-Benger cap­tain Scott Fowler scored a handy 19.

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