Eager Beavers back to the pack
At the midway point of the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association’s 45-over competition, South Western Times cricket writer George Goodwin casts an eye over how your club has performed so far in 2018.
Position: 1st (six wins, two losses)
Most runs: Chris Marrow (343 at an average of 85).
Most wickets: Clint Hewson (23 at an average of 7.5)
The Beavers opened with four consecutive wins to set the pace early. Coupled by a return to form of captain Clint Hewson – along with strong showings from Chris Marrow and Cory Fitt – and last year’s grand finalists looked like a force to be reckoned with.
However losses to Leschenault and Hay Park have brought the Beavers back to the pack. Despite these setbacks, they are arguably still the team to beat showing their strength with a crushing victory over champions Colts last month, with skipper Hewson recording the season’s best bowling figures of 6-11.
Position: 2nd (Six wins, two losses)
Most runs: Murray Goodwin (199 runs at an average of 33.2)
Most wickets: Cruize Ciallella (17 wickets at an average of 9.7)
The BDCA reigning premiers started the season with three successive victories before dropping a game to rivals Eaton in round five – one of two blemishes on the Colts card.
Confident captain Cruize Ciallella, Joe Barningham, Connor Ipsen and burly paceman Josh Topliss have all impressed at times this season.
Aside from the losses, Colts still sit equal top and appear to be the Beavers’ main challenger.
Position: 3rd (five wins, three losses)
Most runs: Tom Buchanan (295 runs at an average of 36.9)
Most wickets: James Letchford (11 wickets at an average of 18.2)
The Green Caps are sitting pretty in third spot on the BDCA ladder – a far cry from the start of the season when they lost their opening two matches.
However in round four, skipper Tom Buchanan decided enough was enough and he resurrected the Leschenault fortunes with a fine 111 against Dalyellup Beach. With their new found confidence, the Green Caps continued their climb with only one more 45-over loss prior to the festive season break.
Position: 4th (four wins, four losses)
Most runs: Jono Whitney (246 runs at an average of 35.1)
Most wickets: Greg Stephens (10 wickets at an average of 24.3)
After a couple of good seasons including a premiership, Hay Park have lost several stalwarts – including all-rounder Ross Knoll together with their English imports and ace left-arm firebrand fast bowler Chris Waddingham.
However the resurgence of skipper Jono Whitney, who started the season in sensational fashion along with several other contributors, the Redbacks have found their way into the finals race and look like settling there.
Position: 5th (two wins, six losses)
Most runs: Reece O’Connell (208 runs at an average of 26)
Most wickets: Reece O’Connell (12 wickets at an average of 19.8)
Marist finished the first half of the season with a strong upset win over reigning premiers Colts and there is hope in the Blues camp of an improvement.
Rarely does one see the Marist Blues propping up the BDCA points table – and considering their talented squad, they are likely to mount a charge up the ladder after the festive break.
Three narrow defeats at the hands of Hay Park, Dalyellup Beach and Colts to start the season was the last thing big Blues skipper Reece O’Connell needed – but their recent surge will no doubt have given him some festive cheer.
Position: 6th (one win, seven losses)
Most runs: Dan Lomax (183 runs at an average of 26.1)
Most wickets: Liam Renton (11 wickets at an average of 18.3)
Of all the BDCA clubs, Dalyellup Beach has been hardest hit by player movement over the past couple of seasons.
Former WA Country XI Tim Cooper and his brother Ben, a former captain, both retired. Excoach Mat Fink and Steve Denison have gone to Leschenault and the retirement of ex-captain Ben Lagana all hit the Beach Boys hard.
Corey Fagan has shown his loyalty to the club, but he has had a tough season so far.
Along with Fagan, Paul Jones is a tower of strength behind the stumps with seven catches and six stumpings to complement his 171 runs.
Veteran class act Justin Woods has been brought out of mothballs to carry the top order and has made a strong fist of his comeback.
The Beach Boys with a win over Leschenault in round one, but victory has eluded them since.