Cen­turies to Scorchers pair leave Rebels with­out a cause

Pilbara News - - Sport - Morg­wyn Jones

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.

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