Hope closes un­beaten

Stirling Times - - Sport - Dustin Ed­wards

CLARE­MONT-Ned­lands have blown Scar­bor­ough out of the wa­ter on day 2 of their Pre­mier Cricket round 8 match, se­cur­ing a first-in­nings win fol­low­ing back-to-back cen­turies from Bradley Hope and Nicholas Hob­son on Satur­day at Ab­bett Park.

Re­sum­ing play at 0-24, the Tigers strug­gled to get the match on their terms, los­ing Ja­cob Whiteaker, Jamie Craw­ley and Tim David early to be floun­der­ing at 3-62.

How­ever, the Gulls had pre­cious lit­tle warn­ing for what was about to come next, as Hope and Hob­son blasted Scar­bor­ough’s bowlers into next week.

The dy­namic pair pro­duced an amaz­ing 153-run fourth-wicket part­ner­ship to put the match firmly within the Tigers’ grasp.

Hob­son was dis­missed at 4-215 after a sen­sa­tional 105 runs from 176 de­liv­er­ies, in­clud­ing 13 fours.

Hope con­tin­ued, ig­nor­ing the loss of Jack­son Ed­mond­stone at 5-219, to com­bine with Joel Paris and pro­duce a 57-run part­ner­ship to se­cure the first-in­nings vic­tory.

At 6-276, Hope ended the day un­beaten on 117 (14 fours and one six) as the Tigers fin­ished on 6-321.

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