Yobs snatch victory
Yallingup Oddbods miraculously defeated Dunsborough Cricket Club by one wicket in a thrilling Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association A-grade match on Saturday at Dunsborough Playing Fields.
Dunsborough chose to bat first and looked to be in trouble when Yobs pressure in the field yielded six wickets before drinks, with Haig Colombera and Ben Payne doing most of the damage.
Dunsborough resumed at 6-58 and Aaron Andrich took control.
He and captain Ian Purcell put on a seventh wicket stand of 75 runs to the momentum back in Dunsborough’s favour.
Neil Langenhoven produced a breakthrough for Yobs when he bowled Purcell, but Andrich continued on his merry way.
His patient yet potent innings finally came to a close when he was caught by Nayton Colombera off the bowling of Ethan Piggot for 83.
Dunsborough bowler Ryan Martin continued to make a name for himself as an all-rounder, smacking a quick 29 and dragging the Dunsborough total to 196 before being bowled by Haig Colombera in the 50th over.
In reply, Yobs were not daunted by the formidable showing from Dunsborough and star opener Harvey Golding got off to a great start despite three batting partners falling in quick succession.
Golding was joined by Nayton Colombera and the two put on a masterclass of strokeplay, putting in 81 before Golding was bowled by Dunsborough quick Riccardo Small-Boyce for 79.
Colombera reached 55 and was joined by his brother Haig.
The two continued to pile on the runs until both were dismissed during a sizzling spell from young Dunsborough all-rounder Jack Omodei who finished with 4-39.
Yobs still needed 25 runs for victory and although Omodei came close to saving the day for Dunsborough, Luke Wedderburn (11) hit the winning runs for Yobs with four balls to spare.
At Barnard Turf, St Mary’s continued their return to form with captain Danny Hatton scoring 87 and stalwart Ben Lloyd managing a cool 57 not out to post another imposing target of 6-226.
Opponents the Hawks were in trouble early with the loss of openers Kade Dittmar (9) and Chris McLean (3) in quick succession.
But vice-captain Grant Garstone showed some resilience after being struck several times by Saints all-rounder Taylor Chandler.
The obviously hurt Garstone belted a characteristically powerful 41.
However, when Garstone and batting partner Aaron Thomas both fell with the Hawks on 103 it signalled the beginning of the end. The Hawks were dismissed for 163 in the final over handing St Mary’s a 63 run win.
Yobs will travel to Gloucester Park in round 8 to play the Hawks who have dropped their previous two games after starting the season in red hot form, while the Saints will travel to Dunsborough.
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