North­cliffe on back foot from start

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Cricket -

PEM­BER­TON got its sea­son off to the best pos­si­ble start with a com­fort­able 42-run win over North­cliffe at home on Satur­day.

Bat­ting first, North­cliffe be­gan poorly los­ing cap­tain Asa Lamb for a duck off the bowl­ing of the wily John McKen­zie.

Steve Mac­Don­ald and Brian McGre­gor went shortly af­ter to leave North­cliffe at 3-26 be­fore Wayne Smeathers and new­comer John Spils­bury got the in­nings back on track, putting on a part­ner­ship of 82.

The in­tro­duc­tion to the bowl­ing crease of re­cruits John and Sam Tem­pra proved de­ci­sive, bring­ing the dis­missal of both Smeathers (40) and Spils­bury (39). From there, North­cliffe fal­tered to 149 af­ter 45 overs.

Josh Tem­pra had an out­stand­ing in­nings, claim­ing three wick­ets in his first game.

Pem­ber­ton’s run chase be­gan shak­ily with both open­ers get­ting dropped early.

Swing mae­stro Ma­son Ab­bott was us­ing the win­try con­di­tions to per­fec­tion but couldn’t get the break through.

Peter Bamess and David Mee­han put on a 65 be­fore Ab­bott fi­nally dis­missed Mee­han.

From there, Pem­ber­ton lost a steady stream of wick­ets to be 6-118, chas­ing a fur­ther 32 for vic­tory.

With the game up for grabs, fa­ther and son Bren­dan and Cal­lum Peet com­bined to take Pem­ber­ton past North­cliffe’s to­tal.

Cal­lum Peet, with skills of a sur­geon, was able to dis­sect the field with ease and fin­ished un­beaten on 55.

Ma­son Ab­bott, with two wick­ets, was the best of the bowlers.

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