Dip­per’s team dips out again

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Dip­per and his men have fallen short of vic­tory for a fourth year in a row at Wick­ham’s an­nual celebrity cricket match.

Sent in to bat first, Robert “Dip­per” DiPier­domenico’s team scored 15 be­fore the first wicket fell and the big man strode out to the crease.

Dip­per was un­ortho­dox in his bat­ting tech­nique, but it paid off as he made his way to a ca­reer best of 19 be­fore be­ing clean bowled.

Three-time premier­ship-win­ning foot­baller Chris John­son top-scored for Blue with 50.

Sev­eral of his team­mates man­aged big to­tals to push their score to 6-192 at the in­nings break.

The Red side were off to a sim­i­lar start, los­ing their first wicket for 16 runs.

From there the Blue side looked to be get­ting on top through a hat-trick to An­thony Mon­son, start­ing with exBull­dogs player Doug Hawkins (8).

Red turned the screws again, though, and two big partnerships in the lower mid­dle or­der pushed them over the line with a score of 8-204.

Lachie Smith top scored for Red with 57 runs.

De­spite the loss, Blue re­ceived a con­so­la­tion prize, with Mon­son win­ning man of the match for his 44 with the bat and hat-trick with the ball.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Robert DiPier­domenico chan­nelled his in­ner Brad Hogg in Wick­ham.

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