Big century sets up easy victory
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.
Bridgetown's Matthew Tassos strolls off after making a century.