Forestry claim first win of year
Forestry won their first game for 2019 against Manjimup in round 9 of the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association at Collier Street on Saturday.
Manjimup elected to bat first but lost two wickets in quick succession early on.
James Millar (15) and Jozef Parkinson (36) steadied the ship, combining well at the crease.
Forestry’s most-improved player this season Lyndon Muir produced a fine spell of leg-spin bowling, ripping through Manjimup’s middle order, taking 5/31 off eight overs, to have the visitors struggling at 7/75.
Rhett Holwill (18 not out) and Rohan Barber (21) combined for a solid 39-run final wicket stand to leave them with a total of 136 to defend.
Forestry then came out to bat and opener Dan Ward (24) was looking to chase the runs down quickly, until the first wicket fell with 40 runs on the board, after six overs.
The home side then lost another two wickets and were left at 3/47 struggling to gain control.
Skipper Kallan Fall made a patient 21, combining with Brock Tempra to gain back momentum.
Jared Johnston (27) then came to the crease, and in partnership with Tempra (51), the young guns managed to get Forestry over the line with a 47-run partnership.
Steven Hill made a late 28 runs, with each of the lower order chipping in to help get the total to 214.
Leigh Ward was Manjimup’s best bowler for the day, claiming 3/24 off 9 overs, with Anthony Femia also chipping in late with three wickets to finish off the game.