Dunsborough savages young Bulls attack
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.