North­cliffe away to a fine start

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

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.

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