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Chris Briody masterclass drives Port to victory against Wanderers in Ray Stoddart Shield T20 round 4

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Chris Briody made  73 off just 55 deliveries.
Camera IconChris Briody made 73 off just 55 deliveries. Credit: Robert Dougherty/Robert Dougherty

A Chris Briody batting masterclass guided Port Hedland to victory against Wanderers in the latest round of the Ray Stoddart Shield T20.

Port Hedland batted first in the round four clash on October 26, with opener Briody quickly asserting his control on the contest.

Wanderers fired back, dismissing opener Samuel Mason for 26 before snaring Ryan Ibbotson for just two runs.

Jason O’Dea joined Briody at the crease and the pair quickly took to punishing Wanderers bowling, guiding the batting side to a mammoth 2/171.

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Briody smashed his way to 73 off just 55 deliveries with nine fours while O’Dea hit 53 from just 34 balls.

In reply, Wanderers made a strong start with Bailey Minissale the stand-out, hitting 56 from 31 before he was dismissed leaving the side at 3/96.

Port took advantage of the wicket and slowed the run rate, restricting Wanders to 5/160 to win by 12 runs in the T20 clash.

Meanwhile, South Hedland dominated Hedland Lions after holding the batting side to just 125 from their 20 overs.

South made the run chase look easy, taking a seven-wicket victory after finishing on 3/127.

Balpreet Singh and Matt Angell top-scored for South Hedland with both making 40.

Round four continued on October 28 when Rovers skittled Lions for just 83 runs inside 20 overs.

Adam McLeod bagged 4/16 from five overs and was the standout of the bowlers.

Rovers made short work of the run chase, powering to 2/84 in the 16th over to win by eight wickets.

Meanwhile, Port Hedland backed up their earlier performance, skittling Miners for 61.

Matt Tattis was the only Miners batter to score double digits, making a hard-fought 22 to give his side a remote chance.

Needing just 62 to win, Port Hedland struggled early losing five wickets while trying to blast their way to a quick victory.

It did not matter in the end with the side making the runs and finishing on 5/64 in the 11th over to win by five wickets.

Kevin Johnston was the top scorer with 33 and Izzy Kalzee took two wickets for the Miners.

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