Partnership sets outstanding score
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.