Ban­croft holds out Bears

Canning Times - - SPORT -

CAM Ban­croft stood tall with a hard-fought 95 on Satur­day but with lim­ited sup­port from his fel­low bats­man, Wil­let­ton is in trou­ble af­ter the first day of its Premier Cricket clash with Bayswa­ter Mor­ley.

Ban­croft’s in­nings was carved from 230 de­liv­er­ies, high­light­ing his de­ter­mi­na­tion to get back to the high­est level and get his team over the line in tricky con­di­tions.

He opened with Izsak Mi­nen­tis and they put on 50 be­fore Ross Loia­cono claimed Mi­nen­tis and ripped through Wil­let­ton’s top or­der.

Aaron Hardie, Shayne Wornes and Kallen Bond all fell vic­tim to Loia­cono’s siz­zling spell.

Bears bowlers Jonty Wilde and James Wain­man joined in on the ac­tion soon af­ter, tak­ing out Alex Hep­burn and Blair Walsh as Wil­let­ton fell to a dis­as­trous 6-91.

Amid the chaos Ban­croft stood res­o­lute, de­fend­ing his way through the mid­dle overs to pro­duce a po­ten­tially match­sav­ing 58-run part­ner­ship with Bren­nan Wil­son.

Af­ter Loia­cono’s fifth wicket of the day, Ban­croft boosted the to­tal to 173 be­fore fall­ing vic­tim to a bril­liant de­liv­ery from Bears’ cap­tain Liam O’Con­nor.

The Bears took the fi­nal two wick­ets in the next six de­liv­er­ies as they bowled Wil­let­ton out for 174.

In re­sponse, the Bears posted 1-24 be­fore the end of the day’s play.

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