Bridgetown quicks strike

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Ben Ver­rall

On a beau­ti­ful spring Satur­day, Bridgetown again proved why they are the red-hot favourites to win a three-peat with a con­vinc­ing and clin­i­cal 109-run vic­tory over Man­jimup in round 3 of the War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son at Col­lier Street Ground.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to send Man­jimup in to bat, Bridgetown’s bowl­ing at­tack sti­fled an un­der­manned op­po­si­tion on a tricky pitch that pro­vided a lot of move­ment off the seam and in­con­sis­tent bounce.

Led by ace quick Mitch Cloth­ier (5/13 off seven overs, in­clud­ing four maid­ens), Si­mon Dun­can (4/ 28 off seven overs, in­clud­ing three maid­ens) and Kim Gar­diner (0/18 off 7 overs), Bridgetown’s lively bowl­ing at­tack pro­ceeded to dis­man­tle Man­jimup’s over­whelmed bat­ting line-up, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of pace and move­ment.

Eight Man­jimup wick­ets came from the bowlers hit­ting the bats­men’s stumps.

Man­jimup’s in­nings was sal­vaged by a hard-hit­ting cap­tain’s knock from Rhett Hol­will (26) and some late in­nings re­sis­tance from Dane Raper (33 n/o).

This, how­ever, was off­set by a steady stream of fall­ing wick­ets leav­ing Man­jimup all out for 103 af­ter 32 overs.

Bridgetown’s in­nings be­gan shak­ily as both open­ers were dis­missed quickly, leav­ing Bridgetown 2/5 and pro­vid­ing a spark of hope for Man­jimup.

This was quickly put to rest as Ben Ni­chol­son (67) and Shane Glancy (40) put on an em­phatic 125tance, run part­ner­ship for the third wicket to seal the game for the reign­ing pre­miers.

With the sting taken out of the game, Bridgetown con­tin­ued to pile on runs and lose wick­ets, with Ben McAlin­den scor­ing a ca­reer high 52 n/o as Bridgetown fin­ished on 9/212 af­ter 45 overs.

Man­jimup’s bowl­ing at­tack was un­able to cap­i­talise on the early move­ment af­forded to Bridgetown and de­spite of­fer­ing some re­sis- the run chase was over fairly early.

Cameron Har­ris (3/22 off nine overs in­clud­ing two maid­ens) and James Mil­lar (3/35 off 9 overs, in­clud­ing a maiden) were the pick of Man­jimup’s bowlers.

Man­jimup next travel to Pem­ber­ton look­ing to sal­vage their sea­son af­ter start­ing with three losses and Bridgetown has a top-of-thetable clash with Forestry on Novem­ber 18, fol­low­ing their bye.

Pic­tures: Holly Thomp­son

Ben Ver­rall, of Man­jimup, scored 17 runs at the week­end, in­clud­ing three bound­aries.

Ro­han Bar­ber, from Man­jimup, scored four runs in his team’s tally of 103 against Bridgetown.

Dane Raper, from Man­jimup, scored 33 not out as he de­fied the Bridgetown bowlers.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.