Din­gup strug­gles against tight Bridgetown bowl­ing

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

BRIDGETOWN ad­vanced to the grand fi­nal, cruis­ing to a com­fort­able eight-wicket vic­tory over Din­gup in the semi-fi­nal of the War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son in Bridgetown on Saturday.

Din­gup won the toss and elected to bat first and open­ers Joe Fon­tanini (12) and Ja­son Trea­sure (27) got the vis­i­tors off to a steady start be­fore Fon­tanini was trapped plumb in front with the score on 23.

Rory Sparks (8) joined Trea­sure and the pair added a fur­ther 20 runs for the sec­ond wicket be­fore Trea­sure de­parted.

At drinks, Din­gup was 2-50 af­ter 23 overs thanks to some qual­ity line and length bowl­ing from the Bridgetown at­tack.

Af­ter the in­ter­val the home side con­tin­ued to ap­ply the clamps with Ron­ald Roberts con­tin­u­ing his re­nais­sance and fin­ish­ing with the su­perb fig­ures of 3-9 from nine overs which in­cluded a miserly six maid­ens.

Mitchell Cloth­ier was also fru­gal, cough­ing up just 1-7 in eight overs while Rob Brayshaw chimed in with 2-5 from five overs with his brand of medium-slow de­liv­er­ies.

In the end, Din­gup were bowled out for 83 in 41 overs as they could not find a way to score freely against the Bull­dogs’ bowl­ing lineup.

Chas­ing the small tar­get, Brayshaw clouted three bound­aries be­fore hold­ing out for 13 off the bowl­ing off Clint Zabaznow (1-25) while Matthew Tas­sos per­ished for 15 to the bowl­ing of Trea­sure (1-18) in the chase.

Opener Dar­ren Tas­sos con­tin­ued his love af­fair with red inks fin­ish­ing on 44 not out and his sea­son run tally has now swelled to 543 runs at an av­er­age of 67.8.

Tas­sos added an un­beaten 32 for the third wicket with Shane Glancy (8 not out) to take the Bull­dogs past the tar­get and into their sec­ond suc­ces­sive grand fi­nal against Forestry at the Bridgetown Cricket Ground.

Shane Glancy, of Bridgetown, hits out on his way to 8 not out on Saturday.

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