Forestry claim first win of year

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Jethro Nam­nik

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.

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