Big cen­tury sets up easy vic­tory

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Cricket -

BRIDGETOWN eased to a com­fort­able 191run vic­tory over tra­di­tional ri­vals Boyup Brook in the an­nual Marathon derby at Bridgetown on Satur­day with the help of a stun­ning 136-run in­nings from Matthew Tas­sos.

Boyup won the toss and bat­ted first in cold and grey con­di­tions.

The vis­i­tors were off to a bright start cour­tesy of open­ers Ja­cob Marsh (24) and Leigh Clark (20) who posted 35 for the first wicket.

How­ever, wick­ets steadily fell with Ja­cob Maw (16) and Nigel Brit­tain (11) the only other bats­men to reach dou­ble fig­ures as a young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced Boyup side was bowled out for 103 in 27 overs.

Hugh Mitchell (2-0), debu­tant Bev McKay (2-3), Robert Brayshaw (2-8) and Kim­ber­ley Gar­diner (2-20) shared the spoils be­fore an early tea was taken.

In re­ply, Pa­trick Samsa (30) and Matthew Tas­sos put on an open­ing part­ner­ship of 78 be­fore Samsa was bowled hoik­ing across the line.

Tas­sos was joined by Mitchell (40) and the pair added a fur­ther 107 runs for the se­cond wicket to take the hosts to vic­tory.

Tas­sos was su­perb, strik­ing 12 fours in his in­nings of 136.

The nim­ble right han­der was par­tic­u­larly

ef­fec­tive be­hind point as he cut, dabbed and ran fever­ishly be­tween the wick­ets to bring up his se­cond cen­tury for the club.

Play­ing in his 203rd club match, the vet­eran posted his high­est score and his first cen­tury since the sum­mer of 2004/05 when he also won the first of his two club Crick­eter of the Year tro­phies.

It was a wel­come re­turn to form for Tas­sos as he guided Bridgetown to a to­tal of 7-294 from its al­lot­ted 45 overs.

The Bull­dogs re­main un­beaten from their open­ing two fix­tures and travel to Pem­ber­ton this week­end. North­cliffe will have a bye.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Dun­can

Bridgetown's Matthew Tas­sos strolls off af­ter mak­ing a cen­tury.

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