Guardian Express : 2019-01-08

SPORT : 15 : 15


SPORT 15 January 8, 2019 Hope dashes Hawks’ hopes CLAREMONT-NEDLANDS has dominated Mt Lawley with the bat, chasing down the Hawks’ total with ease to secure a seven-wicket win on Saturday at Breckler Park in round 9 of Perth Premier Cricket. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Hawks found themselves in trouble early at 2-34. However, Dylan Sharman and Ethan Petta put the Tigers’ bowlers to the sword, scoring a brutal 101run third wicket partnership to put the match back in their favour. With the Hawks seemingly on a roll, Daniel Turkich finally got the breakthrough for the Tigers, knocking over Petta for 47 at 3-135. Sharman fell just moments later for 60, bringing in the Hawks’ inexperienced middle order. Second-gamer Nicholas Marciano teamed up with another youngster in Gurkeerat Pabla to push the total to 170 after a 35-run partnership. However, after the loss of Pabla at 5-170, the Tigers’ experienced bowling line up started to flex their muscle, taking the final five wickets for just 55 and bowling the Hawks out for 225. Matthew Kelly was the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers, taking 3-41 from nine overs. With a sizable target to chase down, Tigers’ openers Jacob Whiteaker and Nicholas Hobson blasted the match wide open with a tremendous 95-run opening partnership before Hobson fell for 45. Whiteaker was dismissed shortly after producing a half-century as the Hawks attempted to reel in the increasing run rate. However, with Kelly and Bradley Hope at the crease, the pair merely accelerated the run rate, producing a 67-run third wicket partnership to put the match firmly in the Tigers’ grasp. Hawks bowler Luke Berendsen finally got the breakthrough, bowling Kelly for a quick-fire 55 from 35 balls. At 3-178, the Tigers were not troubled from that moment on, as Hope and James Crawley chased down the remaining 47 runs with ease to secure the seven-wicket win in the 43rd over. Cup runneth over twice for Swiss Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic celebrate winning the 2019 Hopman Cup. Pictures: Andrew Ritchie Dustin Edwards Denise S. Cahill PERTH Heat has returned to outright top of the Australian Baseball League's South-West Conference after a dramatic series split with Melbourne Aces at Melbourne Ballpark. After being shut out by some excellent pitching in game one, the Heat fell to a 4-3 walk-off loss in game two, before bouncing back to claim a 4-2 win in game three and a nail-biting 4-3 win in game four. The series split moved the Heat’s record to 19-13 as they remain in pole position to win the South-West Conference. Despite some heroic pitching from John Anderson in game one, Perth’s offence failed to get going as they mustered just three team hits and the final 14 batters failed to reach base. Following the shutout loss, the Heat wasted no time in getting on the board in game two as Tim Kennelly launched a lead-off home run off the fourth pitch of the game, before Alex Hall and Ulrich Bojarski both added scores. The Aces pulled a run back in the sixth inning off Scott Mitchinson before former Heat infielder Luke Hughes smashed a two-run home run to send the game into extras, and the Aces walked it off thanks to Darryl George’s sacrifice fly off Ryan Flores’ pitching. Melbourne took their momentum into game three as they led 2-0 early, but Jake Bowey and the returning Chris House levelled scores in the fourth inning before Robbie Glendinning and Alex Hall added a pair of runs an inning later to give the Heat a lead they would not relinquish. The hosts once again started strongly in game four as they raced out to a 2-0 lead, only to be pegged back by a threerun fourth inning as Carl Chester, Hall and Kennelly all picked up RBIs. Chester’s second RBI of the afternoon gave his side a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning and despite a ninth-inning Hughes home run, pitcher Cameron Lamb locked down the final four outs and the Heat held on for victory. The Heat return home for their final home series of the season against Geelong Korea from January 10 to 13, where a series win will see them qualify for playoffs. Angelique Kerber swings for the ball. Alexander Zverev prepares to serve.

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