Harvey-Benger see off colts
Harvey-Benger Cricket Club second grade kept their finals hopes alive, defeating third-placed Colts Cricket Club by 13 runs on the weekend in Bunbury.
Cricketers in the South West were greeted with overnight rain and humid conditions on Saturday morning with a number of turf wickets on the damp side.
With the Bunbury Recreation Ground turf wicket looking very “bowler-friendly”, Colts captain Jaysen Miguel elected to bowl first.
Harvey-Benger’s openers Anton Fimmano and Haydn Jones survived to the ninth over before Jones was bowled for 10 when the score was 30. Fimmano (10) was dismissed in the next over hitting a short ball straight up into the air.
Miguel then brought on spin and took the pace of the ball with great success as Harvey-Benger batsmen struggled to score.
Harvey-Benger was then reduced to five for 63 off 29 overs with Jake Mitchell and Tom Host spinning a web.
Zak Italiano joined Matt Chave at the crease and the pair shared in a sixth wicket, 31-run partnership before Italiano was stumped off the leg spin bowling of Host (three for 25).
Chave was eventually dismissed for 41 off 112 balls, providing the anchor for the Harvey-Benger innings.
Alex Verrall and John Crognale scored valuable runs late in the innings as Harvey-Benger scored a moderate nine for 138 off 50 overs.
In reply, Colts got off to a good start until Aaron Jovanovic (one for 25) bowled Host for eight.
Verrall was brought on first change with immediate effect bowling the dangerous Miguel for 20. Verrall then trapped Michell in front leaving Colts three for 43.
The spin of Chave and Roelofsz slowed Colts run chase as they reached the drinks break four for 74 needing 64 runs off 25 overs.
After the break Roelofsz dismissed Ian Prosser (24) and Graeme Millington (12) leaving Colts six for 86.
Italiano was brought on to bowl with immediate results dismissing Rory Binnie trying to duck a short ball and Ian Oglesby caught behind, leaving Colts needing 40 runs with only two wickets left.
Harvey-Benger restricted Colts scoring which built pressure on the batsmen as the required run rate increased. Veteran Crognale was able to dismiss Coen Bradshaw stumped leaving Colts needing 33 with 60 balls to spare.
Jake Boyle controlled the strike as he and Brenton McQuade edged closer to the 139 target.
With 12 needed off 9 balls, Crognale flighted a ball past the edge of McQuade and David O’Shaughnessy removed the bails, stumping McQuade.
Harvey-Benger plays Hay Park in Harvey this weekend.
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