Port power their way to another title

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Port Hedland taking early wickets.
Camera IconPort Hedland taking early wickets. Credit: Alexander Scott

Port Hedland continued their strong form this season, backing up their 40-over title by storming to an eight-wicket victory over the Wanderers in the Ray Stoddart Shield T20 final on Saturday.

The Wanderers had some success early winning the toss and electing to bat but from there the Port Hedland took control.

Rhys Colreavy ripped out the top order of the Wanderers on his way to his best figures of 3-8 off his four overs.

Port Hedland Cricket Club celebrating winning the Ray Stoddart Shield T20 series.
Camera IconPort Hedland Cricket Club celebrating winning the Ray Stoddart Shield T20 series. Credit: Pictures: Alexander Scott, Alexander Scott

Captain Glenn Robertson then took his best figures of 5-13 from his 3.4 overs on his way to a man-of-the-match performance while Chris Briody took 2-25 off his four overs. Adrian Wight led the Wanderers to a respectable 94 runs, with a fighting 38 runs off of 35.

In their innings, Port Hedland came out strong with Arron Hamilton and Kevin Johnston making an opening stand of 47.

Luke Jessop (left) and Chris Briody celebrating the last wicket falling.
Camera IconLuke Jessop (left) and Chris Briody celebrating the last wicket falling. Credit: Alexander Scott

The Wanderers fought their way back into the contest on the back of Michael Mobilia’s two wickets, before Jarrad O’Dea and Kobus Wessels took Port Hedland to the target.

Speaking after the game, PHCA vice-president Yogesh Patel commended the spirit the game was played in. When talking of his teams efforts, Robertson was happy they were able to get on top early and control the game.

“It’s all about runs in Twenty20 and they needed early runs with the field restrictions, so getting early wickets was really important,” he said.

Adrian Wight led the Wanderers to a defendable total with his 38 runs.
Camera IconAdrian Wight led the Wanderers to a defendable total with his 38 runs.

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