Strong open­ers get re­sults

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

THREE T20 games in two days proved no prob­lem for Fre­man­tle, who recorded three big wins against Rock­ing­ham-Mandurah, Uni­ver­sity and Coun­try XI.

In the first of back-to­back matches on Satur­day, Fre­man­tle won the toss and sent their op­po­nents Rock­ing­ham-Mandurah in to bat first, a de­ci­sion which saw Mitchell Marsh and Jhye Richard­son claim the open­ers al­most im­me­di­ately to EAST Fre­man­tle has soared to the top of the South Metropoli­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion one-day lad­der af­ter a big win against Cock­burn last week­end.

East Fre­man­tle’s top or­der in Ben Mus­tard (46), Blake Miller (49) and Gre­gory Beresi (46 not out) set the tone early and did enough to set a for­mi­da­ble 5-194 from their 40 overs.

Alec Radonich took two wick­ets for Cock­burn, while Chris Scenini, Troy Evans and Damian Car­roll took one apiece.

Af­ter los­ing opener Adam O'Neill early, Cock­burn strug­gled with the run chase and de­spite a half cen­tury to Radonich, they would fall 34 runs short of vic­tory.

East Fre­man­tle’s Michael Car­mody did most have the vis­i­tors at 2-15.

A big part­ner­ship to Rock­ing­ham-Mandurah’s James Bracey (70) and Dane Ugle (63 not out) helped steady the ship and get the team to 3-147 at the end of their 20 overs.

Richard­son would fin­ish with two wick­ets.

A strong open­ing part­ner­ship to Sam White­man (43) and Jake Carder (40) en­sured Fre­man­tle never re­ally strug­gled in the of the dam­age with the ball, tak­ing 4-25.

Hil­ton Palmyra also recorded a win in their match against Bic­ton At­tadale.

Hil­ton Palmyra won the toss and elected to bat first, but they were on shaky ground early af­ter los­ing their open­ers cheaply.

Big scores to Si­mon Bier­wirth (75) and Angus An­drew (60 not out) stead­ied the ship to get the team to 3165. A 74-run stand from Ai­den An­thony was the only shin­ing light for Bic­ton At­tadale as a ca­pit­u­la­tion from the bat­ting or­der, which saw six ducks, had the side limp to 98 all out.

Kim For­rest took three wick­ets for Hil­ton Palmyra, while Harry Grig­son and Liam O’Don­nell took two each. chase, se­cur­ing the win with 3-152 and 11 balls to go.

Game two started much the same for Fre­man­tle, who won the toss and sent Uni­ver­sity in to bat first.

This time their op­po­nents started strongly and a big 83-run hit from opener Wil­liam Bo­sisto got the team to 5-170.

Marsh picked up two wick­ets, in­clud­ing the Bo­sisto scalp, while Ben Moore, Tom Abell and Ross

Phoenix lost their match af­ter Leem­ing Spar­tan gave them a huge to­tal of 236 to chase down.

No Phoenix bats­men was able to even the odds and the team was all out for just 105.

The week­end’s re­sults have seen some change to the SMCA main lad­der, in­cor­po­rat­ing both one and two-day matches, with East Fre­man­tle now in sec­ond place while Cock­burn, Phoenix and Hil­ton Palmyra oc­cupy fifth, sixth and sev­enth re­spec­tively.

The one-day matches con­tinue this week­end, with Hil­ton Palmyra tak­ing on the SJ Blues, Cock­burn host­ing Phoenix and East Fre­man­tle play­ing Leem­ing Spar­tan.

All matches start at 1pm on De­cem­ber 22. Ma­cauley also got a notch in the wicket col­umn.

White­man and Carder again set the pace early in the Fre­man­tle in­nings, reach­ing 58 and 53 re­spec­tively be­fore they were both sent back to the dugout in quick suc­ces­sion.

The mid­dle or­der got stuck in for the rest of the chase and did enough to get Fre­man­tle to 4-173 and a last over vic­tory.

Trav­el­ling away from Stevens Re­serve for the Sun­day game, Fre­man­tle kept their win­ning for­mula when they de­cided to take the bowl­ing du­ties first.

Coun­try XI opener Be­van Ben­nell was a shin­ing light for the team, fin­ish­ing the in­nings on 75 not out as his team reached 3134 in their 20 overs.

Jack Ca­marda took two wick­ets, while Ma­cauley took the third.

A change in the bat­ting or­der saw White­man and Ash­ton Turner open the bat­ting and while White­man fell cheaply for the first time, Turner went on to score a half-cen­tury be­fore he was given out.

A sup­port­ing 35-run ef­fort from Abell helped Fre­man­tle to a 5-136 win.

The three wins see Fre­man­tle fin­ish top of Group D, ahead of T20 for the Jan­uary 13 semi-fi­nals.

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