Old heads steady Dogs’ ship
Bridgetown Cricket Club returned to the winners’ circle with a comfortable 81-run victory over Pemberton in round seven of the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association season in Bridgetown on Saturday.
Pemberton won the toss and batted first but found themselves in early trouble as Kimberley Gardiner produced a vintage display of swing bowling.
Stand-in captain Gardiner led from the front, captaining the side for the first time in his 124th club game in the absence of regular skipper Shane Glancy.
Gardiner tore the heart out of the top order, claiming the first four wickets to fall and finished with 4-22 from six overs.
Debutante tearaway Matt Tilbee then replaced the wily veteran from the northern end and cut a swathe through the middle order, claiming 4-16 with his brand of raw pace.
Pemberton stalwart Peter Bamess held the innings together with 45no as the visitors scrambled to 105 all out in the 32nd over.
In reply the Bulldogs’ top order wilted stumbling to 5-51 in the 16th over as Sam Tempra (2-19) and Daniel Moynihan (2-21) underlined their development as medium-pace bowlers.
Old heads Tom Sherwell (50) and Simon Duncan (56) then steadied the innings, adding 61 runs for the sixth wicket to guide the home side to victory.
Sherwell was in sublime touch notching his second successive club half century, stroking three fours and a six.
Duncan worked the ball into the gaps, collecting 28 singles as well as four fours and a six.
Adrian Henke impressed in just his fifth outing for the club, compiling a composed 22 not out and sharing in a 65-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Duncan.
Bridgetown finished on 7-186 from their allotted overs and next week host Manjimup while Pemberton take on Forestry in Peter Bamess’ 300th club match.
Bridgetown's Matt Tilbee is bowled for eight by Pemberton's Sam Tempra as keeper Gary Mills looks on.