Ver­donk dom­i­nant in Se­cond Grade

Kwinana Courier - - Sport - Aaron Kirby

KWINANA’S se­cond and fifth-grade teams both took on Madding­ton in round 9 with mixed re­sults, while the Cs and F sides bat­tled it out against Wil­let­ton in their first games for 2018.

Se­cond Grade re­turned to Ore­lia and fielded first after los­ing the toss. Madding­ton’s open­ers started well be­fore Kwinana’s bowlers got on a roll to have them 4-111 at the half­way mark. The mid­dle or­der was able to re­cover and post a score of 8-184. Rhy­ley Rametta took 3-47.

The run chase started shak­ily but a big part­ner­ship be­tween Se­cond Grade’s lead­ing run scorer Kurt Ver­donk (325 runs @ 54.17), who made 83, and Tom Moore (50) saw Kwinana cruise to vic­tory and end the in­nings at 5-221.

Kwinana’s Fifth Grade was sent in to bat in their match against Madding­ton and started well thanks to a bound­ary-laden 59 from Steve Ni­chols. How­ever, a mid­dle-or­der col­lapse se­verely restricted the fi­nal to­tal, with Kwinana bowled out for 152.

Kwinana’s bowlers kept them in the game for a while but the tar­get was never go­ing to be enough, with Madding­ton end­ing the in­nings on 7-176. Mark James claimed 2-16.

One-Day Cs played Wil­let­ton at home to open 2018. It didn’t quite go to plan for the Kwinana bowlers, with Wil­let­ton hit­ting plenty of bound­aries on their way to post­ing 8-223.

Kwinana came out with pos­i­tive in­tent but reg­u­lar wick­ets meant that they never re­ally got go­ing and were even­tu­ally bowled out for 132. David Mews top scored with 30.

The One-Day Fs XI had a sim­i­larly tough day in the field at Cen­te­nary Park against Wil­let­ton.

Wil­let­ton made 4-208, with Pra­gaas Elango claim­ing 2-35 to con­tinue his break-out sea­son.

Elango (34) also fea­tured in a gutsy run chase along­side Vishal Pa­tel (65) which gave Kwinana a shot at vic­tory but some good bowl­ing saw Kwinana fall short on 7-184.

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