St Mary’s hold off the Hawks

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - Jack­son Lavell-Lee

St Mary’s Cricket Club es­caped with a hard-fought vic­tory over the Mar­garet River Hawks in the Bus­sel­ton Mar­garet River Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade T20 on Sun­day at Stu­art Bovell Park.

Thanks to some tight bowl­ing and a cou­ple of late run-outs the home side held on, with man of the match Daniel Hat­ton tak­ing 2-16 and scor­ing 62 with the blade.

Spin was a real is­sue for the Saints, with Hawks left-armer Rumesh Silva claim­ing 3-10 and a maiden from his four overs, all of which came against the top or­der.

Only one other bats­man reached dou­ble fig­ures, with Bri­tish im­port Joe Lowe scor­ing a handy 19 to cre­ate the part­ner­ship of the day with Hat­ton. Af­ter Lowe was caught the Saints looked in trou­ble at 6-77, but Hat­ton stead­ied the ship, with Chris Massey (9) watch­ing on at the non-strik­ers end. The home side posted 9-114 off their full 20 overs.

The thrilling match took an­other turn as Mar­garet River opener Chris McLean started bril­liantly on his way to 48. The vis­i­tors were in con­trol at 3-88, but when Kade Dittmar was dis­missed by Wayne Thack­rah, the Hawks’ 50-run part­ner­ship be­tween Dittmar and McLean was bro­ken and the match was set for a tight fin­ish.

All-rounder Lowe con­tin­ued to im­press with the ball, tak­ing the next two im­por­tant wick­ets on his way to 2-15 off three overs.

The Saints then tight­ened the screws in the field, with young­ster Massey seiz­ing an op­por­tu­nity for a run-out in the penul­ti­mate over dur­ing some mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Hawks team­mates Tris­tan Mug­ford and Michael Earl.

Earl was also run out in the same over, with the Hawks only man­ag­ing 19 more runs af­ter the stel­lar part­ner­ship be­tween McLean and Dittmar, fin­ish­ing 9-108.

St Mary’s Club pres­i­dent and fast bowler Ben Mat­tock said the Saints bowled well af­ter a slow start.

“The boys got a bit ex­cited and we were 5-20 early but luck­ily we were able to post a de­fend­able to­tal on a slower than ex­pected wicket,” he said.

Pic­ture: Van­nesa Hat­ton

Man of the match St Mary's cap­tain and coach Daniel Hat­ton keeps his eye on the ball on his way to top-score with 62.

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