Twenty20 matches provide a lively start to the season
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.