Web­ster, Jury in record stand

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

A STUN­NING part­ner­ship be­tween Luke Jury and An­gus Web­ster has put Perth in a ter­rific po­si­tion af­ter Day One of their Pre­mier Cricket fix­ture against Gos­nells, with the pair re­cov­er­ing the in­nings from early trou­ble.

Chris Prescott and Luis Reece were de­struc­tive early at Suther­lands Park, as the vis­i­tors fell to a pal­try 5-35 early.

Both open­ers took two wick­ets, be­fore Jury and Web­ster com­bined for a record 202-run stand to pull their side back into the con­test.

Jury fin­ished 109 not out, while Web­ster was caught for 117 in a fan­tas­tic dis­play of pa­tience and ma­tu­rity.

Perth fin­ished the day 6-309, with Ja­cob Van Galen the other not out bats­man on 53.

South Perth posted a com­pet­i­tive score against an in-form Wil­let­ton, show­ing their po­si­tion on the ta­ble is cer­tainly jus­ti­fied.

The Sky Blues man­aged 258 all out, with Dragons strike bowler Si­mon Mackin go­ing wick­et­less through the in­nings.

Rob Jones and Dar­ius D’Silva were won­der­ful for the vis­i­tors, com­bin­ing for a 100-run stand to guide the side past 200.

Jones scored 67, while D’Silva man­aged a pa­tient 66 in a vi­tal part­ner­ship.

Spin­ners Brad Hogg and D’Arcy Short did the dam­age for Wil­let­ton tak­ing three and two wick­ets re­spec­tively, while skip­per Matt John­ston was the other main con­trib­u­tor with two.

This has the mak­ings of a clas­sic next week­end, as the Sky Blues look for early wick­ets to be­gin day two.

The South Perth bats­men posted a com­pet­i­tive score of 258.

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