Port Hedland outshine Mines to emerge champs

David Eckhart and Daneka HillThe West Australian
The winning team, Port Hedland CC, after the game wrapped up around 10pm.
Camera IconThe winning team, Port Hedland CC, after the game wrapped up around 10pm. Credit: Picture: Supplied/Chris Ams, Supplied / Chris Ams

Port Hedland Cricket Club clinched the PHCA senior grade title after outclassing the Mines by nine wickets in Saturday night’s 40-over grand final.

The win was led by unbeaten half-centuries to Chris Briody (77no) and player of the match Jarrad O’Dea (52no), as the Porters ran down the 160-run target in the 37th over.

Mines captain Taurean Williams won the toss and opted to bat first.

Williams put on 33 runs with Bill Cousins before he scooped a ball to Briody in the gully.

Mines couldn’t build any momentum as they lost wickets in pairs at 33/34, 81/86, 114/115 and 141/142.

Left arm spinner Anshul Sharma was the principal beneficiary, finishing with four wickets from his eight overs, with O’Dea taking two wickets while giving up just 15 runs in eight overs.

O’Dea’s 50 was his fourth in the senior grade competition this season and saw his season aggregate pass the 300 mark at an average of 57.33, while Briody finished the 40-over season with 266 runs at 44.33.

Although the match brought the 40-over competition to an end, the Twenty20 Ray Stoddart Shield will resume after the Labour Day weekend, when Mines host South Hedland on March 8 and Wanderers meet Port the following night.

Both games get under way at 6.30pm under lights at the Kevin Scott Oval.

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