Ban­croft makes re­turn for Willetton

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TEST dis­card Cameron Ban­croft en­dured a mixed week­end on his re­turn to com­pet­i­tive cricket as Willetton started their Premier Cricket sea­son in per­fect fash­ion, claim­ing back-to­back one- day vic­to­ries over the week­end.

Willetton com­pre­hen­sively de­feated Mid­land Guildford by nine wick­ets on Sat­ur­day af­ter a dom­i­nant bowl­ing dis­play to open their sea­son at Bur­ren­dah Park.

They then backed it up on Sun­day with a fine 13run vic­tory over Fre­man­tle at Stevens Re­serve.

Ban­croft was con­tro­ver­sially dis­missed for just four against Mid­land Guildford, be­fore he found some form against Fre­man­tle with an im­por­tant 44.

Vis­i­tors put in it

WILLETTON com­pre­hen­sively de­feated Mid­land Guildford by nine wick­ets on Sat­ur­day af­ter a dom­i­nant bowl­ing dis­play to open their sea­son at Bur­ren­dah Park.

Send­ing the vis­i­tors in to bat im­me­di­ately paid div­i­dends for Willetton, with Matthew Hanna tak­ing out opener James Kir­wan early at 1-7.

A brief fight­back from Hay­den Cob­ley and Sam Evans was halted by Kallen Bond at 2-30, be­fore a dev­as­tat­ing mid­dle-or­der col­lapse saw Mid­land Guildford dra­mat­i­cally bowled out for 86.

Aaron McCall was tremen­dous for the Dragons, tak­ing 3-11, while Bond, Hanna and Si­mon Mackin chipped in with two wick­ets each, in what was a dy­namic bowl­ing dis­play from the Dragons’ at­tack.

The small to­tal of 86 proved to be a mere for­mal­ity, with Ban­croft’s dis­missal at 1-14 the only hic­cup.

Aaron Hardie and Iszak Mi­len­tis had no is­sues chas­ing down the re­main­ing runs, with Hardie notch­ing a bruis­ing half­cen­tury.

Bats­men backed

ON Sun­day, the Dragons backed their bats­men in to do the dam­age and build a de­fend­able to­tal, which looked to be an in­ter­est­ing choice, as Fre­man­tle’s bowlers got on top early.

How­ever, with Ban­croft at the crease and the Dragons sit­ting shak­ily at 4-63, the Scorchers bats­man found some much-needed form for him­self and Willetton, push­ing the to­tal to 95 be­fore he de­parted.

James God­frey took over from Ban­croft, an­chor­ing the mid­dle of the in­nings with Alex Hep­burn, be­fore Fre­man­tle took three wick­ets in the space of three runs through Ben­jamin Moore and Jeremy Carder.

At 8-125, the Dragons found im­por­tant late in­nings part­ner­ships, as Si­mon Mackin joined forces with Bren­nan Wil­son (34) and Aaron McCall (32) to bat out the in­nings for a re­spectable 9-191.

Chas­ing 192 for vic­tory, Fre­man­tle’s run chase got off to a slow start, los­ing Sam White­man for two af­ter just four de­liv­er­ies.

How­ever, Jeremy Carder and Daniel Kennedy fought through the awk­ward early ses­sion to pro­duce a much-needed 45-run part­ner­ship.

With the match ap­pear­ing to be on Fre­man­tle’s terms, the Dragons struck back and took three quick wick­ets through Matthew Hanna and Aaron Hardie, leav­ing the home side floun­der­ing on 4-62.

Navigating through Hanna and Hardie’s pace at­tack, Bray­den Sut­ton and Matthew Mi­cale added 54 runs dur­ing an im­por­tant fifth-wicket part­ner­ship.

The Dragons took four wick­ets in the space of 18 runs as the home side dropped to 8-134.

A late 43-run part­ner­ship to Ross Ma­cauley and Ben­jamin Moore wasn’t enough to save Fre­man­tle, as they were bowled out for 178.

Matthew Hanna was out­stand­ing with the ball for the Dragons, tak­ing 4-31, sig­nalling his in­ten­tions as one of the bowlers of the com­pe­ti­tion again in 201819.

Cameron Ban­croft

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