Mixed day to kick off pre­sea­son

A WIN AND A LOSS FOR KWINANA AGAINST SHOAL­WA­TER

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

PRE­SEA­SON is well and truly un­der­way, with Kwinana play­ing its first scratch matches against Shoal­wa­ter on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17.

Two games were played, the first fea­tur­ing a side made up of two-day play­ers who played a 40over-per-side game and the other made up of one-day play­ers who played a 35-over-per-side game.

Kwinana’s two-day grade side won a closely fought match.

Bat­ting first, Kwinana made 6192, with Josh Atkin­son re­tir­ing on 62 to be the lead­ing run-scorer.

Tight bowl­ing saw Shoal­wa­ter fall short on 155 all out, with Dan Bell pick­ing up three wick­ets.

Kwinana’s one-day team bat­ted first and were bowled out for 147.

Dave Ab­bot top-scored with 32.

Kwinana bowled valiantly, but was un­able to pre­vent Shoal­wa­ter reach­ing the target, even­tu­ally bowled out for 164.

Un­for­tu­nately, the an­nual Fiona Har­ris Me­mo­rial Match was washed out by rain, but a good turnout made it a great so­cial event.

The two-day grades were of­fi­cially an­nounced this week.

Kwinana will once again fea­ture in sec­ond grade. They will be look­ing to im­prove, with plenty of new play­ers and new cap­tain Joshua Atkin­son.

The sec­ond two-day side will be play­ing fifth grade this year, drop­ping one grade.

The team will be look­ing to some young play­ers to help move up the ranks back into fourths, un­der the guid­ance of new cap­tain Mar­cus Draper.

The one-day grades will be an­nounced soon.

In other club news, Kwinana has wel­comed new se­nior coach Steve Ni­chols, who has moved from Ar­madale, bring­ing plenty of cricket ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge, and dis­ci­pline. Aaron Kirby

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