Season’s first home game loss for Bulls
Cowaramup’s A-grade went down to St Mary’s in their first home game at the Bull Ring this season.
Captain and head curator Ben Shepherd, assisted by English import Austin Empson produced a hard, bouncy pitch, with a good covering of grass, while the fastest outfield in the BMRCA meant the batsmen got good value for their shots.
An old-fashioned contest between bat and ball looked on the cards. After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Saints sent in pinch hitter Peter Grygorcewicz (18) and the more sedate Joe Lowe (21), who put on a quick-fire 30 for the first wicket. Connor Oates (1/26 from 9 overs) and club stalwart Richard Bramston (2/22 from 8.3 overs) bowled tight lines to put the brakes on St Mary’s charge.
Oates produced the ball of the day, taking the top of Lowe’s off stump, beating the English import for pace.
Jono Lloyd was the backbone of St Mary’s innings, scoring 31. Lewis Milligan (22) and Kevin Rice (23) also added some very handy lower-order runs.
The rest of the wickets were shared among the Bulls’ bowlers, with Kavi De Silva (2/21 from 9 overs) and Aaron Holben (2/3 from 1 over) taking two each. Shepherd (1/33 from 9 overs) also bowled an inspired second spell which consisted of five maiden overs. For the first time this season the Bulls took all 10 wickets in an innings, with St Mary’s being all out for 168 in the 47th over.
Will Dawson and Tom Bradshaw continued their opening partnership, putting on 24 for the first wicket.
Dawson (41) was then joined by Bramston (15) and moved the score along to 64, but some tight bowling by experienced players pushed the required run rate above five.
Leg spinner Lowe (4/22) and seamer Rice (5/20) then did the damage to the Bulls’ middle order, with captain Shepherd the only other batsman to reach double figures.
Cowaramup’s innings came to an end in the 43rd over, 60 runs shy of St Mary’s total.
St Mary’s 10/168 defeated Cowaramup on 10/109.