Mobilia ton seals Wanderers win
Miners and Wanderers played out an electrifying contest at the weekend.
Wanderers won the toss, sending Wayne Stokes and Michael Mobilia in to bat against Miners, who were undermanned because of the early start.
Stokes was trapped out on 10 but the game really heated up when Mobilia drove the ball back at the bowler and was promptly caught — or so he thought.
He walked, head down, from the crease, unaware the catch had been dropped and an unsuccessful race ensued to smash the wickets before he could return to his crease.
The Miners would later drop him again as he posted the stand-out performance for the week, 113 runs of the total 177.
Early wickets fell for the Miners with Port Hedland Cricket Association secretary Greg Havers posting career-best figures of 5-57, a far cry from his position behind the wickets.
Paul Huckle supplied some fightback for the Miners with a wellmade 54, as Wanderers won by 34 runs.
Chris Briody and PHCA president Arron Hamilton have combined for a rapid-fire 48-run partnership in Saturday’s Port Hedland Cricket Club clash against Hedland Lions.
Stand-in skipper Briody had earlier won the toss and elected to bat.
He smashed 22 runs, while Hamilton provided a number of outfield opportunities before posting his first century in senior grade since 2006.
Hamilton contributed 119 runs with Jarrad O’Dea’s 61 to post a formidable total of 302 for victory, against some impressive bowling from Lions’ Jamal Shaik (4-36).
Lions’ chase got off to a shaky start as Jarred Ams castled Yogi Patel for two.
Briody used nine of his players at the bowling crease throughout the game.
Nilesh Patel showed well-fought resistance at the crease with 63 before he was caught and bowled by O’ Dea late in the innings.
O’Dea finished with the excellent figures of 3-11. Lions played out the full 40 overs but were unable to make inroads on the big total and fell 149 runs short.
Opening batsman Michael Mobilia leans into an off-drive.
Wanderers batsman Michael Mobilia composes himself after a close run-out decision. Umpire Chris Briody resets the wickets.
Chris Wichura runs the ball down the leg side.
Miners' James Elliot fields a ball against Wanderers.