Wan­der­ers in 22-run win

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph Sport - Sophia Con­stan­tine

In game five in the longer form of the Nor West Crane Hire Port Hed­land Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s sea­son, the un­de­feated Wan­der­ers cricket club hosted the dy­namic, sec­ond-placed Port Hed­land cricket club.

As be­fits a top-of-the-ta­ble clash, the game of­fered plenty of high­lights in a high-scor­ing match, as Wan­der­ers kept their per­fect sea­son in­tact with a 22-run win.

Wan­der­ers skip­per Joshua Standen won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in bat­ting first in the twi­light con­di­tions at Kevin Scott Oval.

Open­ers Wayne Stokes and Michael Mo­bilia set the tone for “the green ma­chine” with an 82run stand, bro­ken when Stokes lofted an Ar­ron Hamil­ton de­liv­ery to the safe hands of Jar­rad O’Dea at deep mid wicket, one run shy of his half cen­tury.

Chris Wichura joined Mo­bilia and to­gether the pair added a fur­ther 67 runs be­fore Hamil­ton re­moved Wichura with the old “straight ball on the stumps trick”.

From 2/149, the Port bowlers grad­u­ally took con­trol, with O’Dea rip­ping out Michael Jones (6), Joel Ag­land for a first-ball duck, and Chaz Roberts (10) — all out with the Kook­aburra rat­tling the mid­dle stump each time.

The Wan­der­ers fin­ished their 35overs at 9/228 with Michael Mo­bilia un­beaten on 80, his third score in six matches over the 80 mark this sea­son.

Hamil­ton and O’Dea each fin­ished with three wick­ets, with Jar­rad Ams chip­ping in with two.

The Port re­ply was equally solid as Chris Bri­ody (38) and cap­tain Glenn Robert­son (57) matched the Wan­der­ers open­ing stand of 82 be­fore Bri­ody was well caught by David Thoma­son run­ning back from mid to take a div­ing catch on the 30m cir­cle off the bowl­ing of Standen.

The Wan­der­ers skip­per quickly re­moved Kobus Wes­sels and Hamil­ton to have Port 3/85.

Nathan Smith, bat­ting at five, smashed a rapid half cen­tury from just 25 balls be­fore he mist­imed an­other big hit off Thoma­son, only to have the ball land in the safe hands of Roberts with the score at 147.

Three wick­ets fell for less than 20 runs in the mid­dle of the in­nings, in­clud­ing the vi­tal wicket of Robert­son.

A des­per­ate rear­guard ac­tion by O’Dea and Sam Mason was killed off just 30 runs shy of the tar­get when Mason was bril­liantly caught by Thoma­son off his own bowl­ing in the penul­ti­mate over.

In the Twenty20 game on Fri­day, Mines kept their fi­nals in­ten­tions alive with a 40-run win over win­less South Hed­land. Paul Huckle led all scor­ers with an un­beaten 44 for Mines, while Ju­lian Wil­mott re­moved the danger­ous top or­der pair of Tau­rean Wil­liams and Troy Mor­ris­sey, fin­ish­ing with 2/19 from his four overs.

Souths skip­per Shoaib Khan and keeper Yo­gesh Pa­tel were the only bats­men able to press the Mines bowlers in the chase, ul­ti­mately fall­ing short in the last over.

Pic­ture: Sophia Con­stan­tine

Bats­man Paul Huckle and Fielder Shoaib Khan.

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