Sea­son’s first home game loss for Bulls

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Classifieds - Aaron Hol­ben

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.

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