Bel­mont bats pum­mel bowlers on way to win

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Looklocal - Colin Wil­son

AS­COT CRICKET CLUB - Mid­dle­ton Park, Red­cliffe - Match re­sults Novem­ber 29. 1st Grade: Bel­mont 2-256 (J Po­letti 2-45) d As­cot 136 (J Po­letti 28, G Sharma 24, B Thiele 22)

As­cot lost the toss to Bel­mont and bowled first. Apart from a cou­ple of tight Scott Mezger overs, it all went down­hill from here. Some sem­blance of or­der was re­stored when Prasad Sharma and Dan Long took their turn at the bowl­ing crease. The run rate de­creased af­ter 20 overs at 093. No one could fore­see the car­nage that was about to un­fold af­ter drinks un­til a field­s­man fi­nally held on to a catch in the 27th over at 1-135. A mam­moth score was in Bel­mont’s sights and nine sixes were plun­dered off nearly ev­ery bowler. Bel­mont’s Ja­son Forde ended with an un­beaten 153 but was the ben­e­fi­ciary of some sloppy field­ing by As­cot. 3rd Grade: Floreat-Hel­lenic 3180 (D Atchi­son 2-29) d As­cot 7147 (J Flint 53, J Ham­ling 36*)

The top or­der failed to score ex­cept for opener Jake Flint who watched the five dis­missals at the other end with the pace pick­ing up when joined by Craig Cherry. Their stand re­alised 34 runs but, with only 11 overs re­main­ing, 71 runs was not enough. Skip­per Ja­son Ham­ling paired with Flint and they lifted the run rate with a hand­ful of bound­aries and plenty of twos. Flint’s marathon 120 ball knock of 53 – his fourth half-cen­tury – ended in the 37th over and Ham­ling fin­ished on 36 from 29 balls. 4th Grade: Green Range 2-203 d As­cot 5-174 (R Meikle 94, B Gor­don 26, M Holden 22)

Cap­tain Rob ‘Pud’ Meikle was sur­vey­ing the ru­ins at 3-8 when joined by Mick Holden. The game changed com­pletely as Meikle went on a fours ram­page and was well sup­ported by FJ Holden. This pair put on 72, with Holden’s con­tri­bu­tion a fine 22. Left-han­der Brad Gor­don then be­came Pud’s com­rade-in-arms but it was the Meikle show once again. His thirst for runs is un­quench­able, pil­ing on yet an­other half-cen­tury, his 50th for As­cot and the 77th of his ca­reer. Al­ways a team player, Pud departed in the 37th over for 94 (11 bound­aries) in search of more runs for his side. 5th Grade: Carlisle 8-152 (R Kee­gan 3-32, M Steven­son 2-35) d As­cot 8-147 (R Kee­gan 46, M Steven­son 25, D Hamp­ton 22)

Mike Steven­son is carv­ing out a new ca­reer as an open­ing bats­man. Fol­low­ing 43 last game, he posted 25 af­ter the early loss of his open­ing part­ner. The se­cond wicket stand of 61 be­tween Steven­son and Rus­sell Kee­gan was slow at first but quick­ened as drinks loomed. Kee­gan was the dom­i­nant fig­ure in the next two part­ner­ships and had contributed nearly half the team's score of 96 when he was fi­nally dis­missed for 46. Most of the re­main­ing bats­men chipped in with a hand­ful of runs each but it was 22 from Dan Hamp­ton that gave sub­stance to the fi­nal score of 8-147.

Peter Gas­par, Ram Easwaran and even David Hal­lows gave away ab­so­lutely noth­ing in their open­ing spells. Carlisle inched up to 21 in the 12th over be­fore Easwaran struck the first blow. Straight af­ter the drinks break (score 1-34) Kee­gan gained two ex­cel­lent break­throughs in as many overs. An­other quick wicket or two and As­cot would be well on their way to vic­tory but a 53 run stand sti­fled the mo­men­tum. Kee­gan and Terry Dun­can did grab wick­ets at 100 and 113. Three overs left and Carlisle wanted 14 runs to win. A run out to Gas­par and five runs wanted from two overs with Gas­par and Steven­son to bowl out. Just two runs from over 39 and Stevo was en­trusted with the 40th. Two runs from ball one, then the top scorer was stumped by Matt Simeon ball two with the scores tied. Ball three and tragedy – three runs and Carlisle wins. 7th Grade: Kar­rinyup 6-196 (K Bastin 2-9, C Wil­son 2-23) d As­cot 5-114 (D Wright 28, B Ring 26, P Wil­liams 20, M May­ers 20*)

Brett Ring and Melvyn May­ers opened the bowl­ing but noth­ing even­tu­ated un­til the 12th over. The only suc­cess in the first 20 overs was a great stump­ing by Jim Duffy from the bowl­ing of May­ers. At drinks it was 1-83 but a wicket at the end of Colin Wil­son's first over made it 2-85 af­ter 21. Peter Di Marco made his usual early strike and a se­cond vic­tim for Wil­son at the end of a poor fourth over brought the score back to a man­age­able 4-115. The Kar­rinyup pair then took charge, adding 72, de­spite an ex­cel­lent se­cond spell by Ring and some tight stuff by Dar­ren Wright. A bowler was re­quired to bowl the 40th and the cap­tain turned to a for­mer multi wicket Kelvyn Bastin. Ball two - a wicket ; ball five - a mighty 6 ; ball six - a wicket and Bastin, who rarely bowls for As­cot, fin­ished with the top bowl­ing anal­y­sis of 2-9.

A cou­ple of soft dis­missals and a score­line of 2-6 was not the start that was needed. With no hope of scor­ing the 112 runs re­quired for vic­tory from the last 12 overs, May­ers and Rick Western played out time with a 29 run stand, the for­mer end­ing with a sea­son high 20 not out.

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