Towns dispatch Sportsmans in two Geraldton men’s cricket matches to cement status as favourites

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Towns, in blue and white uniforms, easily beat Sportsmans.
Camera IconTowns, in blue and white uniforms, easily beat Sportsmans. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Towns remain Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League flag favourites after another great weekend.

They easily beat Sportsmans in a Young Motors T20 match at Wonthella on Friday night and in a 50-over game at the Rec on Saturday.

On Friday, Towns’ Sam Crouch batted after he won the toss and his unbeaten 55 (56 balls) lifted Towns to 6-101. Jai Russell (15) also made runs. Jarrod Jupp (3-17) shone, while Clint Yeates and Shane Ford both took a wicket and conceded only 14 runs off their respective four overs. Sportsmans battled in the chase after Tom Forsyth and Josh DeLacy took a wicket each.

Darcy Ingle and Yeates (21) added 30, which ended when Callum Marquis took the first of three well-judged outfield grabs to shift Ingle off Kodi Giltrow (4-19), who also bowled Yeates.

A procession followed, with Sportsmans out for 58.

On Saturday, Towns were sent in and made 7-229. New signing Brian Mpofu, a 36-year-old former Zimbabwean first-class player, made 55 (48 balls) before retiring hurt with a leg injury.

But with Jeremy Bedford (20) solid, they had 62 runs by then and Comben (37) helped add 42 more.

Supervet Adriano Paradella (3-48) rallied Sportsmans but Russell (47) and Crouch (32) put on 65.

Sportsmans made 120 in the reply after DeLacy (3-13) and Brady Collins (2-26) had Sportsmans 5-65.

Yeates (35) added 37 with Jupp (23) but was out to a one-handed, diving grab by Russell at extra cover off Crouch (3-12).

At GBSC Park, Wanderers defeated Bluff Point by 63 runs.

For Wanderers Jason Partington made 68 and Kade Gillingham 56.

The Pointers’ Brendan Miller (72 off 54 balls) and Jayden Pinto (49 off 45) provided hope but Millar fell to Justin Clarkson (4-34) and Bluff Point were all out for 181.

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