North­cliffe post first win

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

HU­MID weather cou­pled with some thun­der and light­ning was not enough to de­ter North­cliffe from break­ing the ice against Man­jimup to record its first win of the 2017-18 War­ren-Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son.

Win­ning the toss, home team Man­jimup sent North­cliffe in to bat, hop­ing to lean on their pace at­tack and put North­cliffe un­der early pres­sure.

This back­fired how­ever as North­cliffe set about pro­duc­ing a num­ber of pro­duc­tive part­ner­ships be­gin­ning with an open­ing stand of 82 be­tween Wayne Smeathers (32) and Bray­den Crow (49).

It was then fol­lowed up by an­other pro­duc­tive 42-run part­ner­ship for the third wicket be­tween David MacDon­ald (28) and Brian McGre­gor (17) and then a back-break­ing 85run part­ner­ship for the fifth wicket be­tween John Spils­bury (53 no) and Ma­son Ab­bott (38).

Dropped catches were the order of the day for Man­jimup as nu­mer­ous chances were missed.

North­cliffe fin­ished with a re­sound­ing 5-233 from 45 overs.

Jono Mil­lar was the pick of the Man­jimup bowlers, col­lect­ing 3-29 off nine overs.

Cameron Har­ris also took 1-46 off nine overs and Joey

Parkin­son 1-44 off seven overs and Dane Raper bowled an eco­nom­i­cal 0-22 from nine overs with two maid­ens.

Man­jimup’s run chase be­gan dis­as­trously, with Ben Ver­rall (0) get­ting dis­missed the first ball of the in­nings and Rhett Hol­will (15) and Parkin­son (9), fol­low­ing soon af­ter, to leave Man­jimup at 3-26. Ro­nan Phillips Johns (24) and Har­ris (64) stead­ied for a much-needed 91-run part­ner­ship for the fourth wicket.

Raper (26) and Dy­lan Starkie (14) at­tempted to bring Man­jimup within strik­ing dis­tance of the chase with ag­gres­sive hit­ting and quick scor­ing.

How­ever, tight bowl­ing from North­cliffe and wicket losses stag­nated the Man­jimup run rate, leav­ing the home side on 8-180 af­ter 45 overs.

Ma­son Ab­bott was the pick of the North­cliffe bowlers, fin­ish­ing with a sublime 2-24 from nine overs, in­clud­ing four maid­ens.

Kasey Daub­ney took 2-35 from nine overs, Crow took 2-31 from his nine overs and Bray­den Couanon 2-41 off seven overs – all con­tribut­ing to the im­pres­sive win.

This week­end, Man­jimup host Pem­ber­ton on Sun­day while North­cliffe travel to Bridgetown on Satur­day.

Pic­tures: Mick Hill

Rhett Hol­will, of Man­jimup, made 15 runs in his team's game against North­cliffe.

Jozef Parkin­son, of Man­jimup, took one wicket on Satur­day.

Kasey Daub­ney, of North­cliffe, sends down a de­liv­ery.

Cal­lum Saun­ders, bowls for Man­jimup.

David MacDon­ald, of North­cliffe, blocks dur­ing his innnings of 26 against Man­jimup on Satur­day.

John Spils­bury, of North­cliffe, on his way to a strong 53 not out at Col­lier Street.

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