Club great hails ‘battle cruiser’
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.