Ea­ger Beavers back to the pack

South Western Times - - Sport - George Good­win

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.

EA­TON

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.

COLTS

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.

LESCHENAULT

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.

HAY PARK

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.

MARIST

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.

DA­LYELLUP BEACH

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.

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