Roos show new-found re­solve

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - Dustin Ed­wards

WAN­NEROO has put the onus on Mt Law­ley’s bats­men af­ter post­ing a morethan-handy 280 af­ter solid mid­dle-or­der bat­ting and a tremen­dous third-wicket part­ner­ship in Pre­mier grade cricket on Satur­day at Breck­ler Park.

Af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, the Roos were in all sorts of trou­ble early, los­ing Travis Birt and Robert Richards early to be tee­ter­ing at 2-4.

How­ever, the ev­er­re­li­able Matthew Spoors and Stu­art Thomp­son em­phat­i­cally negated the early on­slaught to pro­vide one of their own.

The dy­namic duo put on a sen­sa­tional 119-run part­ner­ship to put the match back on an even keel.

Though Thomp­son was dis­missed on 84 (eight fours and two sixes) at 3-123, the Roos con­tin­ued to find gaps in the field through­out the mid­dle overs of the in­nings as Haydn Slodecki joined Spoors at the crease.

The pair added 40 to the to­tal be­fore both were re­moved in quick suc­ces­sion, leav­ing the Roos on 5163.

Where the Roos would have in the past per­haps dropped off, a new-found hard­ness amongst the bats­men saw the vis­i­tors sol­dier on, with Kyle Mil­lar and Chris­tian Smith this time do­ing the dam­age with the bat.

A fur­ther 76 runs from the two mid­dle-or­der bats­men saw the score soar to 239 be­fore the end started to near.

Smith was dis­missed at 6-239 and with that the last of the recog­nised bats­men had come and gone.

While Mil­lar was still there and did his best to face ev­ery pos­si­ble ball, he was the last wicket to fall as the Roos were bowled out for a healthy 280.

The Hawks had seven runs from three overs be­fore the end of play.

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