Harvey Benger capitalise on fast start
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.
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.