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West beat South

West bounced back from last week’s loss with a five-wicket win against South in Round 4 of the 2023/24 Barrier District Cricket League (BDCL) season at Jubilee Oval on Saturday afternoon. The result was another unfortunate close loss for the Roos who remain winless so far this season.

West won the toss and elected to bowl, with Laurence Hebbard (2/16) taking the scalps of both South openers in an impressive opening spell of bowling. South vice-captain Tristen Smith (60 off 70) utitlised the whole ground for his half-century that included four fours and five sixes as his side ended their innings all out for 142 and saw West’s Peter Christos (4/33) clean up the tail.

Wickets were hard to come by for South’s bowlers, as an even effort from West’s top order combined to do the damage with the bat, led by top-scorers Peter Christos (32 off 62) and captain Mackenzie Attard (27* off 40), while Binu Sebastian (2/25) was the pick of South’s bowling unit.

“We decided to field first but, in the end, South batted reasonably well to post a good total. Being out in the field for nearly 40 overs, it does take it out of you,” West captain, Mackenzie Attard, told the Barrier Truth.

“Everyone contributed with the bat, which is really nice. It’s not relying on a couple of people to try and get the job done for you. It probably was a little bit under par score in the at the end of the day.

“I just think that with the calibre of our batting, obviously it (the total) just wasn’t enough. Balls carried through nicely, bounce has been even, there wasn’t any carry on with the wicket. It was really easy to bat on all day.”

South captain Ben Franklyn said that while his side may struggle at times this season, there were positive signs to come with playing a quality team such as West, placing value on protecting their wicket, their fielding, and remaining competitive.

“We got off to a little bit of a good start. It was a nice deck to bat on,” he said.

“We sat back and watched Tristen do his thing with a bit of a cameo appearance from Nick Christos as well there, which saw us get over the 100 [run mark]. We always thought 150 [was a par score]. We just thought we could really push West, just at least push them because they are the defending premiers for a reason.

“We were about 15 runs shy of our goal, but we certainly didn’t go into our shell. We come out attacking and tried to keep things in stead. We had chances – we had I think three dropped catches in the match – and they were of the crucial players that went on to make 30-odd for them.”

Round 5 takes place on Saturday, November 25 where South host North at Jubilee Oval, while West and Central do battle at Alma Oval. Both matches get underway from 11am.

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