Saints win in last-over thriller

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport -

The Cowaramup Cricket Club hosted its first home game of the sea­son with the C-grade side tak­ing on Saint Mary’s in a bat­tle to get off the bot­tom of the lad­der.

The Saints bat­ted first on a balmy af­ter­noon, and open­ers An­thony Balkin (17) and Mark Yard­wood (52) made the most of the fastest out­field in the BMRCA, put­ting on 30 runs in the first three overs.

Saints cap­tain Dean Mis­tilis (49) then com­bined with Yard­wood for a 67-run part­ner­ship, put­ting the away side in a strong po­si­tion at 1-100 at drinks.

Cowaramup’s fight­back started af­ter drinks when Archer Coates (331) re­moved the wick­et­keep­ing gloves and marked out his long run, pro­ceed­ing to take his best fig­ures in se­nior cricket.

Bob Bid­dulph (2-15) and Joe Bur­ton (2 for) were also among the wick­ets, with Saint Mary’s leav­ing a tar­get of 181 for vic­tory. With eight wick­ets com­ing via catches by field­s­men, the strong em­pha­sis on field­ing at Bulls train­ing ses­sions con­tin­ues to pay off.

With an A-grade bye this week, Cowaramup’s English im­port Austin Emp­son padded up for the C-grade side and showed his class with a well­made 47. The match was up for grabs right un­til the last over, with the Bulls in­nings com­ing to a close at 8 for 169.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.