Twenty20 matches pro­vide a lively start to the sea­son

Pilbara News - - Sport - Morg­wyn Jones

The Fortes­cue Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion opened their sum­mer of cricket for the 2015-16 sea­son with a round of Twenty20 matches at the start of the month.

In the first game, Towns won the toss and elected to bat against Crush­ers in greasy con­di­tions and had a solid start, with Ja­son Pool­man (39) and Dy­lan Lanyon (26) putting on an open­ing stand of 56 be­fore Lanyon was run out by Bai­ley Scott and Pool­man fell shortly af­ter.

Crush­ers in­tro­duced Dar­ren Scott into the at­tack, with the wily vet­eran claim­ing 4-11 from four overs.

He was backed by Chris Bet­te­ley’s 2-18 as Crush­ers re­stricted Towns to 9-103 from their 20 overs.

In re­ply, Crush­ers were un­trou­bled as Josh Par­sons (71) and Jye McLaugh­lin (46) passed the score in 12 overs. Crush­ers lost a few quick wick­ets to fin­ish their 20 overs at 4-149, with Matt Dwyer the best of the Towns bowlers claim­ing 3-17.

In the early game on Satur­day morn­ing, Rebels took on de­fend­ing pre­miers Scorchers.

Rebels won the toss, elected to bat and were away to a flyer, at 2-117 af­ter nine overs. Rebels amassed 204. Kerry Sweet­man topped the scor­ing with 72, with Willy Nona (37), Jay­den Ben­nell (26) and Adrian Pow­ell (24) pro­vid­ing sta­bil­ity.

Brad Mal­in­gre’s 2-18 and skip­per Dan Keilar’s 2-32 were the pick of the bowlers.

In re­ply, Scorchers never re­ally threat­ened the tar­get.

Stephen Burgess posted 40, Mal­in­gre scored 42 not out and new­comer Ryan Bleak­ley looked good for 29 as Scorchers posted 5-148.

Crush­ers then took on Rebels, with Rebels post­ing 8-132, with Jay­den Ben­nell con­tribut­ing 68, in­clud­ing 24 runs off five balls be­fore he was dis­missed on the last. Dar­ren Scott (2-8) and Jono Arnott (218) were the pick of the Crush­ers’ bowlers.

Crush­ers lost early wick­ets be­fore Craig Jones (36) and Dar­ren Scott (20) gave them some hope but they fin­ished 13 runs short at 9-119.

Ben­nell and Sweet­man picked up two wick­ets each.

Towns won the toss and bat­ted first against Parabur­doo but strug­gled early as Brett Ri­ley and Wade Bloem went through the top or­der.

Towns stead­ied and crawled to 992 off their 20 overs.

Saints lost a wicket in the first over but with Chris Wright pro­vid­ing a cool head Saints stead­ied and fin­ished at 7-114 off their 20 overs, with Wright mak­ing 35.

Troy Wil­son and young­ster Jack Green both took two wick­ets.

Af­ter los­ing the toss against Scorchers, Parabur­doo Saints were up when Brett Ri­ley bowled the in­form Burgess first ball.

Bloem dis­missed Mick Smith shortly af­ter. Ryan Bleak­ley (73) and Chris Hamil­ton (23) com­bined for an in­nings-sav­ing part­ner­ship as Scorchers posted 7-134.

Dis­ci­plined bowl­ing from Scorchers never al­lowed the Saints to gain mo­men­tum and they crawled to 7-80 of their 20 overs.

Stephen Burgess (3-13) and Kim Gun­nell (2-11) were the pick of a good bowl­ing group.

Rebels called cor­rectly and de­cided to bat against Parabur­doo Saints.

Tim Barr (37) and Sweet­man (33) were the main con­trib­u­tors to their to­tal of 6-153.

Chris Wright took the bowl­ing hon­ours for Parabur­doo with 2-29 from his four overs.

Parabur­doo started pos­i­tively but good bowl­ing from Rebels slowed the run rate enough to re­strict the Saints to 8-117.

Bow­ers’ 24 and An­drew Ri­ley’s 21 were the best bats­men, while Sweet­man’s 4-13 were the best bowl­ing fig­ures. He was well sup­ported by Chris Pi­lot (2-1) and Aaron White (2-24).

Win­ning the toss, Scorchers went out to bat against Towns, with Bleak­ley con­tin­u­ing his good form, post­ing 34.

Tom McKee (27) and Mick Smith (39 not out) helped Scorchers post a re­spectable 3-157.

Towns vet­eran Mark “Skip” Lanyon wound back the clock and took two wick­ets for the Ea­gles.

Towns never went af­ter the score, though Cameron Wagstaff had a bit of a crack with a quick­fire 50. Dan Keilar and Mick Smith picked up 2-10 and 2-29 re­spec­tively.

Crush­ers won the toss against Parabur­doo Saints but lost McLaugh­lin in the first over.

Crush­ers again lost wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals be­fore skip­per Bet­te­ley and Craig Jones came to­gether and put on a solid part­ner­ship. Khan (16), Kris Thom­son (16) and Jono Prouse (14) helped the Crush­ers post 146 from their 20 overs.

The Saints had a good start, with Wright and An­drew Ri­ley comb­ing for a 30-run open­ing stand, be­fore Prouse snared four quick wick­ets in the mid­dle or­der to re­strict Parabur­doo to 7-106. Brett Ri­ley fought to the end with 22 not out.

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