Yobs catch Hawks
A mammoth run chase at Dunsborough Playing fields handed Yallingup Oddbods outright second position on the Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association A-grade ladder on Saturday.
Yobs were set 190 to win by Dunsborough Cricket Club, who began brilliantly when opener Aaron Mott finally converted his regular good starts into a half century.
He and first drop Phill Watts (44) enjoyed a 77-run partnership before Watts was caught behind off all-rounder David Macleay.
Dunsborough were looking at a total above 200 at drinks but lost 5-17 to be bowled out for 189 in the 44th over.
Jacob Evans was best of the bowlers for Yobs, taking 4-41 off seven overs before rescuing his team with the bat in a man-of-the-match performance.
The Oddbods were in trouble at 2-11 after both young openers Troyden Thorpe and Tait Spowart failed to capitalise on their promotion.
Enter Evans who dominated the strike hitting 75 off just 71 balls, enjoying lengthy partnerships with Nayt Colombera, David Macleay and wicketkeeper batsmen Aiden Fraser.
However Evans was caught behind off John Richardson in a battle of the all-rounders with Yobs still needing 61 runs for victory.
Fraser stood tall despite losing several batting partners and coolly hit the winning runs in the final over to finish on 41 not out.
At Barnard Turf, Saint Mary’s defended a substandard total against table-top Margaret River.
An uncharacteristically ill-disciplined bowling effort saw the Hawks leak 31 extras, including 22 wides, which eventually cost them the match.
Ever reliable stalwart Jono Lloyd top scored for the Saints with 38.
In reply, the Hawks were in trouble at 4-16 after experienced batsmen Chris McLean, Shane Joyce and Grant Garstone all fell cheaply along with elevated opener Jaiah Moore.
Sri Lankan imports Charitha Jayampathi (37) and Rumesh Silva (25) threatened to steal the match from the Saints but when Jayampathi was bowled by Justin Gower the Hawks slim hopes were dashed.
Gower and Lewis Milligan were the heroes for St Mary’s both taking three wickets, Milligan destroyed the top end in only four overs while Gower cleaned up the tale.
Round 14 kicks off on Saturday with Yobs and Margaret River at Barnard Turf while Saints travel to Dunsborough.
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