Har­vey Benger cap­i­talise on fast start

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Haydn Jones

It was a great end to 2018 for Har­vey Benger Cricket Club with both se­nior sides scor­ing a T20 win.

Sec­ond-grade played the top of the ta­ble Don­ny­brook in Har­vey while third-grade played Col­lie in Col­lie on De­cem­ber 22.

In the sec­ond-grade match, Har­vey Benger won the toss and elected to bat with open­ers An­ton Fim­mano and Haydn Jones rac­ing to 90 in the 10th over be­fore Jones was caught on the bound­ary for 48 off 30 balls.

Fim­mano was joined by Frank Minella (6) and Alex Ver­rall (8) be­fore be­ing dis­missed for 57 off 53 with the score on 135.

Scott Fowler (14 off 15) and Fran­cois Roelofsz (10 off 5) closed the in­nings with Har­vey Benger scor­ing 5 for 155 off 20 overs.

In re­ply, Don­ny­brook raced to 33 off four overs be­fore Har­ley Ital­iano (1-12) dis­missed the dan­ger­ous Mark Manea for 19.

From there Har­vey Benger bowlers were able to ap­ply pres­sure thanks to a dou­ble-wicket over from Minella (2 -13).

Haver Benger bowled Donny- brook out in the 19th over for 122 with Roelofsz tak­ing 3-21.

In the third-grade game Col­lie won the toss and elected to bat first with Mur­ray Ital­iano (2-13) tak­ing a wicket with the first ball of the in­nings to dis­miss Tom Plum­ber.

Har­vey Benger bowlers toiled away tak­ing reg­u­lar wick­ets but Col­lie posted a re­spectable 8-142 off 20 overs.

In re­ply, Har­vey Benger had a solid start with Cameron Pfitzner and Ethan Allen Han­cock post­ing a 29-run part­ner­ship be­fore Allen Han­cock was bowled for 11.

Pfitzner was dis­missed for 14 be­fore Zak Ital­iano and Rob Fitzger­ald (28 off 28) posted a match­win­ning 53 run part­ner­ship. Ital­iano (68 off 41) fin­ished the match with con­sec­u­tive sixes to win by six wick­ets with nine balls to spare.

Har­vey Benger sec­ond-grade suf­fered their first de­feat in two months, los­ing to Col­lie home side on Satur­day.

Col­lie won the toss and elected to bat with Har­vey Benger field­ers a lit­tle rusty af­ter the Christ­mas break, al­low­ing easy runs from mis-fields and dropped chances. Har­vey Benger bowlers did their best to re­strict Col­lie to 6-148 off 20 overs with Fran­cois Roelofsz (2 -25) and Johnny Crog­nale (2 -35)

Har­vey Benger started their in­nings in good form be­fore Jones was dis­missed (18 off 20) with the score on 38. Fim­mano was next to be dis­missed (28 off 26), run-out by the bowler try­ing to turn the strike over.

Nick Fitzger­ald (7 off 15) was then caught on the bound­ary leav­ing Har­vey Benger 3- 60 off 10 overs.

Need­ing 88 off 60 balls, Har­vey Benger tried to lift the run rate with Scott Fowler (9 off 5) hit­ting a 6 over the clu­b­rooms be­fore be­ing bowled by a straight one and Frank Minella (14 off 11) caught off a top edge.

Har­ley Ital­iano (12 off 11) and Johnny Crog­nale (10 off 9) tried their best but Har­vey Benger fell 17 runs short, end­ing their 20 overs 9-131. Sec­ond grade play Leschenault in Har­vey this com­ing Satur­day.

Har­vey Benger third-grade kicked off 2019 in style with a com­mand­ing bonus point T20

vic­tory over sec­ond-placed Marist. Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, newly pro­moted opener Rob Fitzger­ald started cau­tiously and was for­tu­nate to be dropped very early.

He would go on to make the most of the chance, bat­ting ju­di­ciously en route to an im­pe­ri­ous 57 from 45 balls in­clud­ing a tow­er­ing six down the ground.

A slew of mid­dle-or­der wick­ets, in­clud­ing the run-out of Fitzger­ald, pre­vented Har­vey Benger from reach­ing their full po­ten­tial with the bat.

How­ever, some late hit­ting by Mur­ray Ital­iano (19 not out, 14 balls) lifted the fi­nal to­tal to a com­pet­i­tive 9-121 from the al­lot­ted overs.

Marist were never able to gain trac­tion in their in­nings, suc­cumb­ing to the re­lent­less pres­sure of the home team's bowl­ing and field­ing.

Ital­iano con­tin­ued his fine bowl­ing form, start­ing the rot by snar­ing the first wicket of the match on a sharp catch at gully by Adrian Kirk and fin­ish­ing with 2-18 from 4 overs.

The rest of the bowl­ing at­tack con­tin­ued this trend, bowl­ing tight and tak­ing wick­ets with reg­u­lar­ity.

Ul­ti­mately it was Josh Ador­netto who would rip through the mid­dle and lower or­der, tak­ing 3-17 from 3.1 overs and fin­ish­ing the Marist in­nings with an ex­pertly plucked caught and bowled.

Har­vey Benger will look to keep their win­ning streak rolling against vis­it­ing Burekup at home on Sun­day.

Pic­tures: Haydn Jones

Nick Fitzger­ald tries to run out a Col­lie bats­man dur­ing Har­vey Benger’s third-grade match.

Joseph Ver­saci edges the ball down to third man.

Sec­ond-grade open­ing bats­man An­ton Fim­mano scored 57 runs off 53 balls in an im­pres­sive dis­play against a top-ofthe-ta­ble Don­ny­brook team.

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