Fanayan ton timely
IN a surprise selection of venue, the Bentley Cricket Club firstgrade side took on local rivals Applecross at Des Penman Reserve in Nollamara.
Bentley won the toss and elected to bat but lost regular early wickets, losing Shane Saxon for a duck, Muhammad Elshan for 19, skipper Tim Horan for 2 and Laurence Paice for 14, to be placed at 4-44 and another low score was imminent.
Enter Omo Fanayan for a disciplined 104 off 193 deliveries, including 15 fours.
Bentley finished all out 199, which will give the bowlers a target to defend this weekend.
The second-grade side made 193 off 70 overs, with a strong 97run partnership from Jarrad Sibson (52) and Jai Thomas (45), while Daniel Cheeseman contributed 31.
Both teams are well placed for victory, with early wickets and strong catching being a key to their fortunes next weekend.
Bentley’s third side have an uphill battle chasing a massive 9-254 against Swan Athletic Caversham at Shelley Reserve in Bentley.
In the One Day competition, Bentley made a strong 5-183, with Peter Smith top-scoring with 47 n.o. and Danny Arcaro making 40 off as many deliveries, only to lose to an explosive Balcatta side, making 7-184 off the fourth-last ball of the game.