Northcliffe post first win
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.
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.