Robins roll Roos

West enjoyed a nine-wicket victory against South at Alma Oval on Saturday, requiring just over half of their allotted overs to chase down their opponents total in Round 13 of the Barrier District Cricket League’s A Grade competition.

The Robins won the toss and elected to bowl, sending the Roos in to have a bat and set a competitive total. But opener Lachlan Erskine (one off six) departed in the third over as Laurence Hebbard (3/20) picked up his first wicket of the afternoon.

The next over, Casey Ferguson (2/12) took the scalps of Matthew Gray (zero off four) and Ben Franklyn (zero off one) in consecutive deliveries to have South reeling at 3/12 after four overs. A 41-run fourth-wicket partnership between opener Jawad Azam and Nicholas Christos followed to steady the Roos.

At 3/52, Adam Perry (3/21) struck in consecutive deliveries, taking the wickets of Christos (22 off 26) and Shaun Wilson (zero off one), with Azam (20 off 64) heading back to the sheds not long after. Joey Langdon (11 off 26) and Joshua Hands (11 off 13) found some form before South was bowled out for 92 in 34.4 overs.

In reply, West’s openers in Callum Rosewarn (47* off 52) and Lachlan Kaye (31 off 65) made inroads early, before the latter fell, trapped LBW by Christos (1/18). With West at 1/80 and needing 13 runs for victory, captain Mackenzie Attard (13* off eight) came to the crease and helped finish off the job with two sixes.

“To get a couple of wickets early is always great,” Attard told the Barrier Truth.

“They got away from us there a little bit in the middle overs, but a couple of early wickets definitely swung the game in our favour.

“It was really good with the opening batters to get that 80-run stand. It was much needed, especially with a couple of injuries at the moment. Unfortunately, we lost a wicket, so the two openers couldn’t get it done but it’s a team game and the team ended up winning, which is what matters.”

South captain Ben Franklyn said his side put up a respectable score but said he was more pleased with the performance of the team as a whole, especially a young 13-year-old, Kai Lloyd, who made his A Grade debut.

“It was a special moment for the club because Kai and his parents have been avid supporters and he’s training with the senior guys and played B Grade. There’s no junior comp, so it’s quite hard. He’s a really skillful kid so we decided to give him a run in A Grade,” Franklyn said.

“I had a yarn with Macca [Mackenzie Attard], and he said, ‘yep, no worries, Franko, we’ll look after him’, which is what we try to do here in local cricket. Kai batted down the order and finished on three not out, and I actually gave him an over and he bowled a maiden. He was the highlight for me.”

“For the team to show the ticker and to hang around on the weekend, it’s just what we’re doing. We’re just throwing players around, seeing who they bat well with, seeing where they bat, teaching them that if you bat your overs out you’re pretty much guaranteed anywhere from 60 to 120 runs. We’re just working on a few things as a club and we’re going to carry that into next year as well.”

Round 14 marks the penultimate fixtures of the BDCL A Grade season. West meet Central at Jubilee Oval while South take on North at Alma Oval. Both matches get underway from 11am on Saturday, February 17.

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