Duns­bor­ough sav­ages young Bulls at­tack

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Aaron Hol­ben

Cowaramup trav­elled north to take on fel­low win­less side Duns­bor­ough on Satur­day, but were over­pow­ered by the north­ern team by 200 runs.

A few reg­u­lar play­ers were miss­ing from the Bulls’ line-up but 2016-17 pre­mier­ship he­roes Mike Hib­berd and Sa­muel Ber­ridge re­turned for their first match of the sea­son in the ma­roon and gold.

After los­ing the toss and be­ing sent in to field, young gun Con­nor Oates’ early sea­son form was re­warded when the skip­per threw him the new ball. How­ever, it was vet­eran Ri­cho Bram­ston (2-30) who made in­roads, re­mov­ing Aaron Mott (29), and then Mat Jamieson (9) with a well-placed bouncer.

Bram­ston also man­aged a mirac­u­lous run-out of the other opener Aaron An­drich (28), to leave the Bulls right in the game at 3-91.

But Duns­bor­ough cap­tain Nick Ritchie (117no) and new­comer Michael Walket (89no) had other ideas, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the Bulls’ young bowl­ing at­tack to post 3-303 from 50 overs.

Fac­ing a mam­moth task, Cowaramup’s English im­port Austin Ep­som (20) played a hard-fought in­nings, de­spite be­ing hit in the head by a Ri­cardo Small-Boyce (330) bouncer early on. Re­turn­ing Bulls tal­is­man Sa­muel Ber­ridge showed no signs of rust, top­scor­ing with 25, but in the end 303 proved too big a moun­tain to climb, with Cowaramup all out for 102.

Cowaramup face St Mary’s to­mor­row in their first home game of the sea­son, with C-grade tak­ing on Saint Mary’s at the Bull Ring.

Crowd favourite Kaveen De Silva re­turns for his fourth sea­son in the BMRCA. The Bulls are also al­ways on the look­out for new play­ers, with train­ing on Thurs­days at 5pm at the Waver­ley Road nets.

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