Bridgetown quicks strike
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.
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.