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