Tye fighter adds force to Gulls

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport - Dustin Ed­wards

SCAR­BOR­OUGH and Clare­mont-ned­lands are locked in a fierce battle head­ing into day 2 af­ter an even day’s play on Satur­day at Ab­bett Park.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, the Gulls shot out of the blocks with a 73-run part­ner­ship by open­ers Lochie Hardy and Josh Philippe.

How­ever, the Tigers hit back strongly through Christo­pher Simp­son and Daniel Tur­kich, who took five of the first six wick­ets as the Gulls crum­bled to 691.

An un­likely hero came to the crease for the Gulls in An­drew Tye. Not nor­mally known for his power hit­ting, Tye wreaked havoc on the Tigers’ bowl­ing at­tack as he and Ed­ward Barnard pro­duced a po­ten­tially match-sav­ing 119-run sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship.

Tim David fi­nally got the break­through for the Tigers, tak­ing out Tye af­ter a su­perb knock of 76 from 77 balls, with 10 fours and one six com­ing from his blade.

At 7-210, the Gulls’ tail en­ders added 44 to the to­tal be­fore be­ing bowled out for 255.

David and Simp­son did the dam­age with the ball for the Tigers, com­bin­ing for six wick­ets. In re­sponse, the Tigers man­aged 24 with­out loss from their nine overs.

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

In other matches, Subiaco-floreat put it­self in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion af­ter post­ing 257 , with bats­man An­drew Holder scor­ing a bril­liant un­beaten cen­tury on Satur­day at Iluka Sports Com­plex, while Perth is well placed to take down Univer­sity’s to­tal of 212 on day 2.

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