Batting duo switch off Miners’ lights
Port Hedland’s dominant run in the senior grade competition continued with an awe-inspiring batting display saw them crush the Miners by 176 runs at the Kevin Scott Oval last Friday night.
After winning the toss, Port got to work, smashing the Miners bowlers for 38 off the first seven overs.
The Miners bit back in the eighth when Taurean Williams cramped Chris Briody for room as he edged the ball to Daniel Lockley departing for just 19 runs, leaving Port at 1-38.
Kevin Johnston was joined at the crease by Jarrad O’Dea and set about flaying the Miners bowlers, with the pair combining for a 168 run partnership.
O’Dea picked apart the bowlers with some power hitting to bring up 65 runs including 12 fours before he was bowled by Robert Bigmore with Port in a dominant position of 2-206.
Glen Robertson joined Johnston at the crease and both batters took the opportunity to blast Port to an imposing total of 2-246.
Johnston blasted 17 fours and a six on his way to a century before carrying his bat on 113, and Robertson finished on 16.
With a required run-rate of over seven, Miners got off to the worst start possible slumping to 3-14. It went from bad to worse with O’Dea, Rhys Colreavy and Jarred Ams ripping apart the batting line-up with three wickets each.
Nathaniel Fielding provided some much needed resistance for the Miners making 20 runs before Ams dismissed him, with Miners skittled for 69 runs inside 15 overs.
In the other game, South Hedland's middle order powered their side to a strong total of 7-183 with Simon Thompson making 47 and Tracey Picket making 40.
Hedland Lions Club got off to a shaky start, losing three wickets for just 18 runs before rebuilding.
Lions needed just three runs from the final over with one wicket in hand, but Inayat Zaman bowled Dhaval Prajapati for South to escape with the win.
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