Club great hails ‘bat­tle cruiser’

Guardian Express - - SPORT -

PERTH re­mains un­de­feated in sea­son 2018-19 af­ter emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous against Mt Law­ley on Satur­day by seven runs in a rain-af­fected match at Breck­ler Park.

Af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, Perth opened with a 34run part­ner­ship to cap­tain Luke Jury and Jonathan Wells.

How­ever, the solid start was im­me­di­ately un­done, as the Hawks’ bowlers struck back, tak­ing four wick­ets in the space of 20 runs, leav­ing Perth reel­ing at 4-54.

Al­though the sit­u­a­tion ap­peared dire, Tom Scol­lay and Ja­cob Snad­den hit the crease in fine touch, set­ting about turn­ing the mo­men­tum back in Perth’s favour.

The pro­lific pair added 82 runs dur­ing their fifth­wicket part­ner­ship, be­fore Snad­den was dis­missed for 34.

At 5-136, Scol­lay con­tin­ued to turn over the run­rate, push­ing the to­tal to 151 be­fore he was re­moved for a run-a-ball 52.

Perth even­tu­ally ran out of time, fin­ish­ing the in­nings with 7-156 af­ter 31 overs.

Justin Kan­diah and Liam Purdy were su­perb, tak­ing three wick­ets each in an im­pres­sive dis­play.

The Hawks’ run chase got off to a slow start, fum­bling their way to 3-52.

James Newn­ham con­tin­ued to grind out the in­nings, push­ing his side closer to un­likely vic­tory.

That vic­tory was pushed even fur­ther away, with Newn­ham fall­ing to a ter­rific Alex Calmy de­liv­ery af­ter a bril­liant knock of 66, set­ting the Hawks on their heels at 6-130.

The Hawks needed 26 runs and still had four wick­ets in hand.

Jay Chislett made the most of his chances, scor­ing 21 from 17 balls be­fore Calmy struck again.

The last four wick­ets fell for just 19 runs, as the Hawks fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of an up­set win, bowled out for 149.

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