Hanna the de­stroyer as Mid­land-Guild­ford wilt

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

WILLETTON pro­duced its best against Mid­land-Guild­ford on the week­end, with a bril­liant per­for­mance on Satur­day in its two-day match.

The de­ci­sion to send Mid­land Guild­ford in to bat turned out to be a bril­liant one, even though it didn’t im­me­di­ately pay off.

Sit­ting at 2-35, Mitch Hanna went on a ram­page. No bats­man was safe against Hanna as he bat­tered his way through Mid­land Guild­ford’s be­lea­guered line-up, fin­ish­ing with an as­ton­ish­ing 6-41 off 21 overs, seven of which were maid­ens.

There was lit­tle to get ex­cited about for the home side, as six bats­men failed to reach dou­ble fig­ures on their way to the lowly to­tal of 107 af­ter 60 overs.

Willetton, full of con­fi­dence, started its in­nings with gusto, sit­ting in the en­vi­able po­si­tion of 2-70.

Cap­tain Matthew John­ston and Aaron Hardie will con­tinue at the crease on day two, sit­ting on 41 and four re­spec­tively.

Willetton may have been feel­ing the ef­fects of the pre­vi­ous day, as it started its T20 match against Wan­neroo in dread­ful style.

Willetton lost its first eight wick­ets for a pal­try 47 runs, with Jack Cat­trall (4-21) and Matthew Spoors (3-13) run­ning ram­pant. Bren­nan Wil­son and Hanna pro­vided some fight with the bat, but it was too late, as Willetton fin­ished with 9-83 at the end of the in­nings.

Wan­neroo started the run chase ner­vously, los­ing 3-17, be­fore Spoors (42no) and Ja­cob John­ston (29no) stepped in to help the Roos cruise to vic­tory.

Willetton will be hop­ing for a much-im­proved ef­fort in day two of its Li­lac Hill clash with Mid­land Guild­ford on Satur­day 4 at 11.40am.

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