Gal­lant North­cliffe un­able to chase down Forestry to­tal

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Ma­son Ab­bott

War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion lead­ers Forestry trav­elled to North­cliffe on Sun­day where they man­aged a 37-run vic­tory in a high-scor­ing game.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on groundsman Rob McGre­gor’s pic­turesque and wellkept cricket ground.

Forestry’s first wicket fell at 26 and then the sec­ond at 45, which brought Jethro Nam­nik (77) to the crease cou­pled with Dan Ward (138).

The pair put on a 199-run part­ner­ship for the third wicket.

North­cliffe’s loose bowl­ing al­lowed the two to dom­i­nate the bowl­ing at­tack, dic­tate terms and con­trib­ute the bulk of their side’s 295 runs.

Ex­pe­ri­enced bats­man Ward put on a bril­liant per­for­mance smash­ing the ball to all parts, while up-and-comer Nam­nik played a great sup­port role for his side. Dan Bay­man (3-40) and David Cronin (2-56) were the only mul­ti­ple wicket-tak­ers for the home side.

North­cliffe started well, cruising to 52 be­fore the loss of their first wicket.

Then ev­er­green bats­men Wayne Smeathers (73) and John Spils­bury (51) kept the home side on track with a 93-run sec­ond wicket part­ner­ship.

North­cliffe were there­abouts for most of the af­ter­noon with Dan Bay­man (37) and Ma­son Ab­bott (31) ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 52 for the fourth wicket.

But Forestry’s big to­tal was just too much for North­cliffe to chase down and they fin­ished 8-258, 37 runs shy of the visitors in­nings to­tal.

Steven Hill (4-41) and Ward (241) were the pick of the Forestry bowlers, keep­ing the lid on North­cliffe’s fi­nal chance for them to run down the score.

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