Kwinana battles for runs
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.