Mo­bilia ton seals Wan­der­ers win

North West Telegraph - - Sport - Robert Dougherty

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.

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