A captain’s knock of 62 by Danny Hatton was the difference between the sides when St Mary’s scored an exciting eight-run win over Margaret River Hawks in the Busselton-Margaret River Cricket Association’s A-grade T20 competition.
The game was played at Bovell Park on Sunday with Hatton making the most of a couple of early let-offs in the field to guide Saints to 9-114 off their 20-over allotment.
Joe Lowe (19) was the only other player to reach double figures for the Saints.
Left-arm spinner Rumesh Silva returned masterly figures of 3-10 off four overs to lead the attack for the Margaret River Hawks, while Peter Crimp also bagged two wickets.
Saints’ score proved just enough, as Hawks were held to 9-108 in reply from their 20 overs, with Chris McLean hitting 48 runs and Kade Dittmar 24.
The Hawks’ innings saw a very rare occurrence in cricket, when two batsmen Hugh Mugford and Michael Earl were run out for diamond ducks off successive deliveries in the frenetic final stages of the game.
Players are in for a torrid time this weekend with a full program of games on Saturday and also Sunday.Allan Miller
The second T20 game at Bovell Park was another low-scoring affair, with Dunsborough bowling out Hawks for 87 in 19.4 overs, Jack Omodei and Nathan Whitney starring with the ball this time.
The total didn’t look nearly enough, but Dunsborough made very hard work of the chase and nearly threw it away.
They plunged from 0/36 to 7/62, before Aaron Mott and Mick Walker steadied the ship to see Dunsborough win by three wickets with an over to spare.
Hawks leg-spinner Peter Crimp returned outstanding figures of 5-11, giving him seven wickets on the day.
While Rumesh Silva was again quite brilliant, with an amazing 1-5 off four overs of left-arm spin.
The 50-over game at the Cowaramup Oval saw YOBS continue their strong form with a nine-wicket win over the home side.
Batting first, the Bulls started with a steady 24-run opening stand between Tom Bradshaw and Will Dawson before YOBS veteran Neil Langenhoven cut a swathe through the middle order with 4-18.
Kavy de Silva (32) and Richard Bramston (35) were the key bats for Cowaramup as they recovered to post a serviceable 144 all out in the 45th over.
The Bulls’ hopes of an upset result soon faded as Harvey Golding (72) and Nayton Colombera (50) added 119 runs for the first wicket.
YOBS eventually went on to win with only one wicket down in the 34th over.