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BDCA 2022/23: Marist overcome windy conditions to record upset win over Hay Park

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Marist's Holly Bilcich.
Camera IconMarist's Holly Bilcich. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

Marist overcame all odds to record an upset victory over Hay Park in a thrilling contest that came down to the wire in difficult conditions.

Marist and Hay Park went head to head at the Hay Park Multi Sports Pavillion during the fifth round of the BDCA 2022-23 women’s competition on Sunday.

Hay Park were the first to bat in the contest with Bronwyn Walker and Kristylee Martin looking to make plenty of big hits early.

Hay Park's Bronwyn Walker gets ready to bat.
Camera IconHay Park's Bronwyn Walker gets ready to bat. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

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Although Walker managed to hit an early four during the opening over, it was during the second over that the first wicket would fall with Martin lbw to Zoe Buck for a duck.

The windy conditions made things rather challenging for both sides, with Marist bowling several wides and Hay Park struggling to make big hits.

During the 13th over, Belinda Rowlands retired not out for nine runs with Hay Park soon turning to another big hitter in Rebecca Clemons.

Clemons was quick to try to add more runs to Hay Park’s tally, going for big swings from the outset.

After the 20 overs, Hay Park finished 1-107.

Hay Park's Rebecca Clemons.
Camera IconHay Park's Rebecca Clemons. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

As the strong winds continued to batter the Hay Park Multi Sports Pavillion, Marist found themselves with a big challenge on their hands as Hay Park looked to shut Marist down quickly.

The odds continued to be stacked against Marist with the likes of Shana-Lee Beardman, Ebony Buck, Ebony Bilcich and Jessica Barton all bowled out in successive overs by Emily Heslewood and Molly Lincoln.

With Marist struggling to get some runs on the board without being bowled out, it seemed as though they would be rolled.

However, Tenille Barbetti stepped up and helped Marist get on their way with a number of big swings resulting in some much-needed fours.

Marist's Jessica Barton reacts to being bowled for a duck.
Camera IconMarist's Jessica Barton reacts to being bowled for a duck. Credit: Carly Laden/South Western Times

As wickets continued to fall, the contest came down to the final over with just one wicket standing between Hay Park and a victory.

However, the pairing of Barbetti and Stephanie King held on to help Marist surpass Hay Park on 9-109 to claim victory.

Elsewhere, Dalyellup defeated Eaton 5-55 to 10-53, Donnybrook extended their undefeated streak with a win over Leschenault 3-205 to 5-87 and Colts had the bye.

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