First victory evades Bulls
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.