Openers give Wanderers bumper start
Local cricket fixtures in the Nor West Crane Hire Port Hedland Cricket Association returned to Kevin Scott Oval last weekend.
The first round of the new 35-over format was played on Saturday night between Wanderers and Mines.
Mines stand-in skipper Brenden Gifford won the toss and asked the reigning long-form champions to bat first in the twilight conditions.
The Wanderers, unbeaten in all matches this season, unveiled a new opening pairing of veteran left-hander Wayne Stokes and debutant David Thomason.
The pair gelled immediately, with a quick-fire half-century partnership setting the “green machine” up for a big total.
Stokes was the sixth batsman dismissed, with the score at 165, having contributed a well-made 88 runs.
Thomason and No.3 Greg Havers both made it to the 20s before being snapped up in the field by Ethan Stobie’s sure hands.
Some late hitting from former South Hedland all-rounder Martin Ross (44no) and skipper Josh Standen (24) helped Wanderers close their 35-over innings at 8-239. Three Mines bowlers chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Mines’ reply was solid ,with the wise heads of Dom Vandeworp and Neil Smith putting on 44 before Smith skied a Standen delivery to Stokes at mid-on.
Mines lost their next three wickets for just 24 runs before Nick Witham (40) and Gifford (18) combined for a 59-run stand for the fifth wicket with some enterprising running between the wickets and big hitting, before the last five wickets tumbled to the pressure bowling of Ross (3-35) and Reynard Carlse (2-19), leaving Mines all out for 153 in the second-last over.
In the Twenty20 match on Friday night, Port Hedland recorded a big win over the South Hedland side by 71 runs.
The Porters batted first and rattled on 155 runs, losing just six wickets along the way.
Arron Hamilton (36), Jarrad O’Dea (28 no) and Glenn Robertson (29) led the way for Port, with the Souths bowlers giving up a less-than-helpful 19 wides and two no-balls in a total of 28 extras.
But extras aside, the Port bowlers were miserly to start with.
O’Dea snared his solitary wicket for just 15 runs in his four-over allocation.
The introduction of left-arm spinner Anshul Sharma resulted in South Hedland losing 5-15 in the middle order.
Anshul finished with 5-11 off his four overs as South finished all out for 84 in the 16th over.
Milo In2Cricket and Milo T20 Blast for junior cricket got started on Saturday morning, with more than 60 boys and girls registering to learn the skills and play modified-rules cricket matches in the fourth school term.
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