Part­ner­ship sets out­stand­ing score

Canning Times - - CRICKET -

WIL­LET­TON has lost to Scar­bor­ough by six wick­ets in an amaz­ing, high-scor­ing en­counter as Liam Knight and Ed­ward Barnard pro­duced a match-win­ning part­ner­ship on Satur­day at Ab­bett Park.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Wil­let­ton got off to a ter­rific start, with a solid 64-run sec­ond­wicket part­ner­ship to Aaron Hardie and James God­frey.

The loss of Hardie at 2-88 did noth­ing to slow God­frey down, as he joined forces with Will Rhodes to pro­duce an un­be­liev­able part­ner­ship. The dy­namic duo racked up an as­ton­ish­ing 174 runs in their third wicket stand, boost­ing the score to 262 be­fore God­frey was fi­nally dis­missed af­ter scor­ing a breath­tak­ing 129.

The loss of God­frey at 3262 sparked a ma­jor bat­ting col­lapse for the Dragons, los­ing five wick­ets in the space of 15 runs to end 8-287.

Although the Dragons would have been slightly dis­ap­pointed with the to­tal con­sid­er­ing where they were sit­ting, it was still an im­pos­ing to­tal and it would have looked more im­pos­ing to the Gulls as they stum­bled to 3-48 early in the in­nings. How­ever, a mir­a­cle ar­rived for the Gulls in the form of Barnard and Knight as they hit a sim­ply out­stand­ing fourth-wicket part­ner­ship worth 218 to put Scar­bor­ough in the box seat.

Barnard was even­tu­ally dis­missed at 4-266 af­ter pro­duc­ing a bril­liant cen­tury but the dam­age was done for the Dragons, with Scar­bor­ough romp­ing away to an ex­tra­or­di­nary vic­tory af­ter chas­ing down the to­tal with six balls to spare.

Knight fin­ished on 103 runs from 106 balls.

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