WANDERERS TRIUMPH

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
The wanderers opening partnership was too strong, hitting 92 before the first wicket fell.
Camera IconThe wanderers opening partnership was too strong, hitting 92 before the first wicket fell.

The Wanderers are through to the grand final after a bowling clinic from Lloyd Chapman dismantled the Miners at Kevin Scott Oval on Saturday.

The Wanderers won the toss and elected to bat and got off to a flying start in the Port Hedland Cricket Association semifinal, with openers Wayne Stokes and Mitchell Paine putting on a 92-run stand before Paine was dismissed lbw.

Miners took advantage of the fallen wicket, with Robert Bigmore dismissing Stokes for 66 before Taurean Williams got the wicket of Wyatt Wilson to leave the Wanderers struggling at 3-111 with 10 overs to go.

Unfortunately for the Miners, Michael Mobilia and Matthew Bloxsidge came to the crease swinging to push the Wanderers to a formidable score.

Going at more than a run-a-ball, Mobilia blasted 43 runs with three fours and a six while Bloxsidge rotated the strike making 23 from just 30 deliveries. Wanderers ended their innings on 3-178.

Benny Leonard was the standout bowler for the Miners putting in seven overs, taking one wicket and conceding just 24 runs while Bigmore had an impact from his one-over spell taking the critical wicket of Stokes.

The Miners’ run chase got off to a rough start with a rampant Chapman taking the first four scalps of the innings to leave the Miners in disarray at 4-59.

Regular wickets followed for the Miners as the rest of the Wanderers bowlers got in on the action.

Confusion reigned for the Miners as a brilliant fielding effort from Michael Mobilia led to the dismissal of Benny Leonard before Alexander King was also run out with the Miners slumping to 6-81.

Wickets continued to fall for the Miners as the Wanderers asserted control before a vital 10th-wicket partnership gave the Miners hope.

Unfortunately for the Miners, the target proved too much with 29 needed off the final three overs. Then Daniel Shilling castled Jamie Muller to break the partnership at 43 runs and end the innings.

Shilling finished with 2-29 from his four overs.

The Wanderers will now face defending champions and table-toppers Port Hedland in the grand final this Saturday.

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