First vic­tory evades Bulls

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Trades & Services - Aaron Hol­ben

Cowaramup are still search­ing for their first cricket win of the sea­son af­ter trav­el­ling to Mar­garet River and be­ing swooped on by Hawks.

Buoyed by the in­clu­sion of bighit­ting Sri Lankan Kaveen De Silva (2-39 from 10 overs), as well as the re­turn of the enig­matic Adrian Wood­ward af­ter a stint play­ing in Eng­land, the Bulls hoped to open their ac­count.

De Silva’s start to the sea­son couldn’t have been bet­ter, re­mov­ing Gareth Ed­monds for a duck with the sec­ond ball of the in­nings.

A solid part­ner­ship of 74 between Shane Joyce (56) and Chris McLean (26) put the Hawks back in con­trol, find­ing them­selves 2-98 at drinks. Ben Shep­herd (1-19 from 10 overs) and Ri­cho Bram­ston (0-34 from 10 overs) did their best to keep the run rate in check, but solid con­tri­bu­tions from Kade Dittmar (45), Rumesh Sil­van (30) and Ryan Miller (26no) saw Hawks post 7-250 from 50 overs, which looked to be a par score on a good bat­ting track.

Archer Coates con­tin­ued to hone his craft be­hind the stumps, tak­ing two sharp catches.

The Bulls’ open­ing pair got away to a brisk start, with Tom Brad­shaw’s grace­ful driv­ing a high­light of the early overs. A mini-col­lapse, how­ever, halted their charge, and at 6-53, Hawks’ to­tal of 250 looked a long way off.

But with two of the most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers at the crease in De Silva (58), and Shep­herd (26), there was still a glim­mer of hope.

De Silva re­minded ev­ery­one of his tal­ent, launch­ing three huge sixes. But in the end it was Hawks’ trump cards Mat Kent (3-14 from seven overs) and Rumesh Silva (330 from 10 overs) who proved to be the dif­fer­ence.

Fi­nal scores were Hawks 7-250, de­feat­ing Cowaramup’s 140.

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