Old heads steady Dogs’ ship

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Si­mon Dun­can

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.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Dun­can

Bridgetown's Matt Til­bee is bowled for eight by Pem­ber­ton's Sam Tem­pra as keeper Gary Mills looks on.

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