Fanayan ton timely

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

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.

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