Part­ner­ship pow­ers team win

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

A part­ner­ship between opener Tyson Kirk (45) and Tom Blechyn­den (33) has once again laid the foun­da­tion for a Pin­gelly-Noonebin win in the UGSCA on Satur­day.

Fel­low opener David Hull (1) was dis­missed by Cuballing’s Grady Fran­cis in the fifth over while Pin­gelly-Noonebin sat on four runs.

A 55-run part­ner­ship to Kirk and Blechyn­den was boosted by Cameron Hill (35) and Luke Kirk un­beaten on 42, send­ing Pin­gelly-Noonebin’s to­tal to 5/196.

Fran­cis took two wick­ets for Cuballing.

Bray­den Fair­head led the Pin­gelly at­tack, tak­ing 3/24 off 10 overs.

Joshua Hughes, 2/15 off eight overs and Kirk, 2/9 off 3.4 overs, were also handy.

An­drew Har­ris (44) and Tier­nan Paice (33 not out) were Cuballing’s high­est scores, com­ing to the crease at num­ber five and 10re­spec­tively.

Cuballing were bowled out for 140 mid­way through the 44th over.

Up­per Great South­ern’s Per­rin Quar­ter­maine and Rod­ney Ford helped the WA In­vi­ta­tional XI avoid com­plete em­bar­rass­ment against Bun­bury and Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

Bun­bury and Dis­tricts set WA In­vi­ta­tional XI a tar­get of 246 in round 2 of the Coun­try Cup Pi­lot on Sun­day at Bun­bury’s For­rest Park.

Open­ing the bat­ting for WA In­vi­ta­tional XI, Quar­ter­maine was joined by a string of part­ners at the crease af­ter early wick­ets tum­bled.

Fel­low opener Luke Gol­lan, first drop Bryce Evans and sec­ond drop Jay Col­lard found them­selves back in the pav­il­ion with­out scor­ing.

And it wasn’t un­til Ford came to the crease while WA In­vi­ta­tional XI were tee­ter­ing on 3/14 in the eight over, that any con­vinc­ing fight-back against Bun­bury and Dis­tricts could be­gin.

The pair posted a part­ner­ship of 94 be­fore Ford (49) was dis­missed in the 25th over just one run shy of a half­cen­tury.

Quar­ter­maine bat­ted through for three more overs be­fore he was dis­missed for 61, with WA In­vi­ta­tional XI on 5/120.

WA In­vi­ta­tional XI only posted an­other 21 runs with­out ei­ther of the UGSCA rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the crease, be­ing bowled all out for 141.

Coach Tim Ed­munds said de­spite the loss his side could still make the fi­nal.

“With Al­bany win­ning with a bonus point over Bus­sel­ton we will more than likely have to do the same (to make the fi­nal) and the top two could be de­cided by net run rate,” he said.

Ed­munds also praised the Up­per Great South­ern pair.

“We were be­hind from the start los­ing those three early wick­ets, but Per­rin and Rocket worked us into a po­si­tion where it was still pos­si­ble to win the match,” he said.

“They took on the bowl­ing af­ter ad­just­ing to the con­di­tions which was pleas­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately them de­part­ing close to each other took the wind out of our sails.”

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