Centuries to Scorchers pair leave Rebels without a cause
Scorchers are quickly becoming the team to beat in the Fortescue Cricket Association 40-over competition.
Stephen Burgess and Ryan Bleakley both posted centuries in last weekend’s big win against Rebels.
Scorchers amassed 3-340 before dismissing Rebels for 87, with Harry Letizia and Kim Gunnell picking up three wickets each.
This was the highest score Scorchers have posted.
Over in Paraburdoo, the Saints proved too strong for defending premiers Crushers.
After winning the toss and batting, Crushers were 3-103 and then dismissed for 112 after a dramatic collapse.
Craig Jones (33) and Josh Parsons (34) were the top scorers for Crushers, while Chris “Lefty” Wright (four wickets) and Reece Braithwaite (three wickets) did the damage for the Saints.
In reply, Saints took their time chasing the small target, taking 35 overs to pass the total required. Wright continued his great game, finishing with 46 not out.
Craig Jones finished with figures of 4-17 from seven overs.
Saturday’s fixtures saw new premiership favourites Scorchers take on defending premiers Crushers.
Crushers won the toss and batted first and were out of the blocks early, with Kris Thomson making 39 in even time.
Bailey Scott combined first with Craig Jones (26) and then Julian Valentine (33) in crucial partnerships as Scott finished with 79 not out, with Crushers posting a respectable 5-212.
Missing key members of their bowling attack, it was always going to be a struggle for Crushers to restrict the Scorchers line-up.
Crushers failed to take their chances, dropping Burgess before he had scored, dropping Bleakley before he was five and dropping Gus Smith early.
This hurt Crushers as Smith (26), Burgess (22) and Bleakley (65) gave Scorchers a solid start before Mick Smith’s 24 helped to guide Scorchers home, making 7-214 with eight overs to spare.
In an early start at Minna Oval, Towns took on Rebels.
Towns won the toss and elected to bat, but that was to be the only bright thing for Towns as Willy Nona and Shannon Keating tore through the Towns line-up to dismiss them for 28.
Keating picked up 4-20, while Nona claimed an impressive 6-8.
Jason Poolman (15) was the only batsman to make double figures.
In reply, Justin Dawson (22 not out) and Kerry Sweetman (6 not out) knocked off the runs in three overs in a huge win for Rebels.