Forestry posts win­ning to­tal

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Cricket -

FORESTRY proved the masters of wet weather cricket, ac­count­ing for Man­jimup by 44 runs at Col­lier Street on Satur­day.

With dark skies loom­ing and driz­zle through­out play, Man­jimup won the toss and elected to bowl, with opener Kal­lan Fall (68) and first drop Daniel Ward (27) scor­ing freely but the side fell to 2/41.

Fall kept the runs tick­ing over de­spite los­ing a num­ber of bat­ting part­ners.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Corey Gi­bellini (56no) set the tone for a 71-run part­ner­ship for the 5th wicket, with Man­jimup’s bowl­ing at­tack fal­ter­ing in the wet as the ball de­te­ri­o­rated, with dropped catches and miss-field­ing com­pound­ing the is­sue.

Fol­low­ing the dis­missal of Fall, with the score sit­ting com­fort­ably on 5/163, Gi­bellini added to the to­tal with zeal, com­bin­ing with Nicholas Bar­ton (15) to form a quick-fire, un­beaten 43-run part­ner­ship for the 7th wicket and push the to­tal to 6/219 af­ter 45 overs.

Cameron Har­ris col­lected 2/51 off 9 overs and Jono Mil­lar chimed in with 1/38 off 9 overs with three maid­ens, with Evan Phillips Johns (1/38 off 7 overs) and Ro­han Bar­ber (1/23 off 4 overs) also snar­ing wick­ets.

Man­jimup’s run chase be­gan with earnest, with Dane Raper (55) hit­ting pow­er­fully to pro­vide the home side a suf­fi­cient run rate to chase down the score.

Un­for­tu­nately, his bat­ting part­ners could not re­main out there long enough to pro­vide him with suf­fi­cient run sup­port and his dis­missal left Man­jimup 4/84 with the weather de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

A 39-run part­ner­ship for the 5th wicket be­tween Har­ris (29) and Mil­lar (25) gave them a small glim­mer of hope of chas­ing down the for­mi­da­ble to­tal.

Fol­low­ing Har­ris’ dis­missal, an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance from debu­tant Ro­han Bar­ber (22no) com­bined with Mil­lar for a hard-run­ning, 42-run part­ner­ship for the 7th wicket.

How­ever, Forestry held on to record a well-de­served vic­tory, with Man­jimup fin­ish­ing on 8/175 af­ter 45 overs.

Debu­tante broth­ers Daniel (2/12 off 3 overs) and Brodie Jones (1/23 off 5 overs) were ex­cel­lent for the con­sis­tent Forestry bowl­ing at­tack, Ward (1/23 off 9 overs), Jethro Nam­nik (1/27 off 6 overs), Kane Aitken (1/32 off 9 overs), Bar­ton (1/29 off 8 overs) and Reece Ed­wards (1/23 off 5 overs).

This Satur­day Man­jimup travel to Boyup Brook while Forestry host Din­gup at Col­lier Street, also on Satur­day.

Pic­tures: Tari Jef­fers

Forestry bats­man Kal­lan Fall was the top scorer for his team with 68 runs.

Cal­lum San­ders was an eco­nomic bowler, rack­ing up only 10 runs in three overs.

Mat John­ston, of Forestry, makes 10 runs on Satur­day.

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