Bennett’s knock a highlight despite another defeat for Settlers

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Settlers youngster Jake Bennett scored a run-a-ball 105 on Saturday.
Camera IconSettlers youngster Jake Bennett scored a run-a-ball 105 on Saturday. Credit: Justin Fris/Bunbury Herald

Hay Park ensured some end-of-the-season cheer for their supporters after they outlasted Dalyellup Beach by 27 runs at Dalyellup College on Saturday.

Although the visitors deserved their victory, so too did Settlers youngster Jake Bennett (105 from 105 balls), who propelled his side from seemingly being out of the contest to within striking distance.

Unfortunately for Bennett, whose superb knock included 10 boundaries, he had precious little help at the other end.

Keen to make a statement early, the Redbacks raced to 0-89 inside 21 overs, with Kris Miller (70 off 68 balls) and Steven Florance getting among the runs.

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Miller’s departure appeared to galvanise the Settlers and in the space of 16 deliveries Hay Park lost 2-5.

A gritty half century from Florance and a tidy cameo from stalwart Grant Milbanke ensured the visitors set 209 for victory, which appeared to be a big ask for the bottom-placed side.

In reply, the Settlers were reeling at 2-10 inside the opening three overs of their run chase, courtesy of early scalps by Milbanke and tall seamer Heinrich Helm.

With his side 4-40 and looking down the barrel of another heavy loss, Bennett dug his heels in and produced one of the best individual efforts of the season by any player.

Dalyellup Beach were eventually dismissed for 181 at the start of the 45th over — cruelly, after Bennett was bowled by Dylan Gordon — however, Bennett’s deeds indicate they could be in for better days next season.

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