Lilly dom­i­nates in back half

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - Dustin Ed­wards

SU­BI­ACO Floreat looks to have the edge against Gos­nells in a close bat­tle at Suther­lands Park fol­low­ing Satur­day’s day 1 ac­tion.

Af­ter be­ing sent in to bat, Gos­nells rock­eted to 93 off the back of a 54-run part­ner­ship be­tween Ben Green and Matthew Leipold, fol­low­ing the early loss of Bran­don Jacobs.

How­ever, that’s where the runs de­cid­edly dried up for Gos­nells, as the Lions’ bowlers – and Aaron Lilly in par­tic­u­lar – be­gan to as­sert their au­thor­ity on the match.

Lilly ab­so­lutely dom­i­nated the back half of the in­nings, tak­ing wicket af­ter wicket as Gos­nells found it­self in the midst of a bat­ting col­lapse.

Af­ter look­ing so domi- nant early at 2-93, Gos­nells was bowled out for 187 in the 62nd over, as Lilly bam­boo­zled op­po­nent af­ter op­po­nent.

Lilly ended the day with a whop­ping seven wick­ets to his name, pro­duc­ing one of the best in­di­vid­ual bowl­ing per­for­mances of the sea­son so far.

The Lions should have been rid­ing a wave of eu- pho­ria head­ing into the run chase to­wards the end of the day.

How­ever, they were quickly stripped of their con­fi­dence as Chris Prescott looked to match his coun­ter­part’s ef­forts in Lilly, tak­ing three wick­ets in the blink of an eye to have the Lions stunned on 3-8.

With the game seem­ing- ly on the line a lot ear­lier than planned, Aaron Lilly stepped in to save the day once again.

Lilly and Hamish Mcken­zie pro­duced a po­ten­tially match-sav­ing 55run fourth-wicket part­ner­ship to steady the in­nings by the end of the day.

Lilly and Mcken­zie boosted the to­tal to 3-63 at the end of the day’s play.

Day 2 of the ac­tion con­tin­ues on Satur­day at 11.40am at Suther­lands Park.

Over at James Oval, Univer­sity and Clare­mont Nedlands are locked in an epic bat­tle fol­low­ing the first day of ac­tion with the Tigers post­ing a solid to­tal of 283 on Satur­day.

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