Ban­croft cen­tury steers Wil­let­ton

Canning Times - - SPORT -

CAMERON Ban­croft has pro­duced a scin­til­lat­ing cen­tury to give Wil­let­ton the up­per hand af­ter the first day of their Pre­mier Cricket clash with Univer­sity at James Oval.

The opener scored 154 runs from 240 balls, which in­cluded 13 fours and three sixes, as he pro­duced his best in­di­vid­ual score of his sea­son so far.

Af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, Wil­let­ton shot out of the gate with a 50-run part­ner­ship to Ban­croft and Iszak Mi­len­tis, set­ting a solid foun­da­tion for the fol­low­ing bats­men.

How­ever, it didn’t quite go to plan for the Dragons, af­ter the loss of Mi­len­tis at 1-50 saw Will Rhodes and James God­frey fol­low suit quicker than de­sired, as the Dragons fell to 3-77.

Ban­croft con­tin­ued to an­chor the in­nings for the Dragons, as Prad Gu­naratne and Bren­nan Wil­son came and went one af­ter the other, leav­ing Wil­let­ton awk­wardly placed at 5-115.

With the match evenly poised, Ban­croft fi­nally found him­self a part­ner in Blair Walsh.

The dy­namic duo added 73 runs to the to­tal dur­ing their sixth-wicket part­ner­ship, boost­ing the score to 188 be­fore Walsh was dis­missed by Corey Roc­chic­ci­oli, who took his third wicket for the match.

Alex Hep­burn then joined Ban­croft at the crease and did not miss a beat, with the pair adding a fur­ther 85 runs dur­ing their su­perb latein­nings part­ner­ship.

At 7-273, Ban­croft lasted just nine more runs, as his day was fi­nally ended by Sean Stuart.

Wil­let­ton am­bled to the fin­ish­ing line, end­ing the day on 9-291 af­ter bat­ting out the full 90 overs.

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