Northcliffe away to a fine start
Northcliffe hosted Manjimup in their first game of the season and scored a 69-run win.
Northcliffe hit 271 runs for the loss of just three wickets and Manjimup, in their run chase, were 6-202 at the end of the day’s play.
The home team won the toss and elected to bat in overcast conditions.
Wayne Smeathers (92) and captain Asa Lamb (24) batted sensibly, getting Northcliffe off to a fine start until Lamb was caught at backward square in the 15th over.
Northcliffe’s next partnership netted 95 runs with John Spilsbury (110 not out), making his first ton for the side and Smeathers taking advantage of some loose bowling.
Spilsbury smashed 16 fours and three sixes, while Smeathers belted 13 fours.
Dane Raper was the pick of the away team bowlers’, keeping it tight with 3-19 off nine overs.
Manjimup’s first wicket fell for 45 runs in the 13th over. At 3-83, Jozef Parkinson (82) was the surprise packet, keeping the visitors’ score ticking along.
Manjimup’s newly appointed captain Rhett Holwill (27) and Cameron Harris (36) added 47 runs.
Jason Vine, who took 1-46, had a day out on the ground with some great fielding, a catch and a directhit run out.
Northcliffe will travel to Pemberton on Saturday and Manjimup will face Forestry at Collier Street.