Kwinana bat­tles for runs

Kwinana Courier - - Sport - Aaron Kirby

THE first week­end of 2018 saw Kwinana Cricket Club’s Sec­ond and Fifth grades re­turn to ac­tion in the one-day com­pe­ti­tion.

Sec­ond Grade trav­elled to Wil­let­ton to take on the Crows and things started well with Kwinana win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat but the in­nings started poorly.

Kwinana was in deep trou­ble at 6-67 be­fore the cap­tain, Josh Atkin­son, put to­gether a well-com­piled 46 along­side Con­nor Kil­gal­lon’s 21 to see them through to a to­tal of 150.

To de­fend 150, the bowlers needed to start well, and with Wil­let­ton 2-2 in the early overs, Kwinana was in with a good chance.

Wil­let­ton’s opener Joshua Tay­lor (52) put up staunch re­sis­tance and put to­gether mod­est part­ner­ships with the mid­dle or­der, which saw Wil­let­ton pass 151 with four de­liv­er­ies to spare. They ended the in­nings at 6-161.

An­drew Gibbs ended with the best fig­ures of 2-16.

Kwinana’s Sec­ond Grade are still third on the over­all lad­der, 10 points clear of fourth.

Fifth Grade also bat­ted first at home against Can­ning­ton Tigers.

The open­ers started well, putting on 42 for the first wicket, but a clump of wick­ets left them with plenty of work to do at 4-99.

Young­ster Kim Koth­stein stepped up and made an out­stand­ing 49, which in­cluded four bound­aries and a six.

Adam Elawady also hit his way to 36 with four sixes to get Kwinana to a to­tal of 193.

How­ever, the bowlers were not quite up to the task.

They pulled the scor­ing rate back in the mid­dle overs and claimed 3-7, af­ter Can­ning­ton reached 2-143, to give them a chance. But lower-or­der part­ner­ships pushed the to­tal past 194 and fin­ished the match on 7-204.

Fifth Grade are three points out­side the top four in sixth.

One-Day Cs and Fs restart their push for fi­nals this week.

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