Bridgetown opens ti­tle de­fence in fine style

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Si­mon Dun­can

Bridgetown Cricket Club be­gan its premier­ship de­fence in style, coast­ing to a 99-run vic­tory over Din­gup in round one of the 2018-19 War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son.

Darren Tas­sos en­hanced his rep­u­ta­tion as the premier open­ing bats­man in the league with a pol­ished cen­tury, his 12th for the club.

Tas­sos struck 17 fours and a six in his stylish in­nings of 101 and passed 7000 runs for the club dur­ing the in­nings.

He com­bined with Mitch Cloth­ier (81 not-out) in a 76run stand for the third wicket, which sealed the vic­tory for the home side.

Cloth­ier was in a pun­ish­ing mood, club­bing nine fours and a six.

Ear­lier, Din­gup won the toss and bat­ted in grey and driz­zly con­di­tions. Open­ers John Lid­dlelow (41) and Ri­ley Lid­de­low (31) added a bright 53 for the first wicket but when they were sep­a­rated, Din­gup lost trac­tion.

John Starkie (21 no) tried to keep the score­board mov­ing as the vis­i­tors scraped to 8-156 from their 45 overs.

Bridgetown skip­per Shane Glancy showed his met­tle, con­trol­ling the wet and slip­pery ball dur­ing his tidy spell of 3-22 from nine overs.

He was backed up by Tom Sher­well, whose eco­nom­i­cal run-up yielded him 2-34 from nine overs.

Cloth­ier was also at his miserly best, notch­ing 1-8 from eight overs.

Bridgetown open­ers Darren and Matt Tas­sos then com­bined for 30 runs be­fore Matt (6) was trapped lbw to Ryan Blechyn­den, who bowled with pace and ag­gres­sion in his nine overs which net­ted him 1-25. Darren Tas­sos and Ben Ni­chol­son (14) then added 52 for the sec­ond wicket be­fore Ni­chol­son was sharply caught by Blechyn­den off Ja­son Trea­sure (1-13 from 4 overs).

Tas­sos and Cloth­ier took the Bull­dogs past the to­tal and then Cloth­ier and Sher­well

com­bined for 59 runs for the fourth wicket as Bridgetown pow­ered to 4-255 from its al­lot­ted overs.

Starkie col­lected 2-39 from seven overs as Bridgetown posted a com­fort­able vic­tory.

This week­end Bridgetown hosts Boyup Brook in the an­nual Marathon Derby.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Dun­can

Darren Tas­sos flicks the ball stylishly to the leg-side bound­ary dur­ing his in­nings of 101 against Din­gup in Bridgetown on Satur­day.

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