Lilly dominates in back half
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.