Towns rally to stage prelim final upset

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Towns' Jai Russel had a cracking day, scoring 84 runs off 128 balls, including a six and seven fours.
Camera IconTowns' Jai Russel had a cracking day, scoring 84 runs off 128 balls, including a six and seven fours. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Towns will play Wanderers in the Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League grand final after upsetting Sportsmans by 65 runs yesterday at the Rec.

The unexpected result, especially after Towns who batted first, collapsed to 7-49, was built on three pillars.

They were Jai Russell’s magnificent 84 (128 balls with a six and seven fours) that enabled Towns to make 9-153, stifling bowling and John Elliman’s genius captaincy.

In B-grade semi-finals, Towns defeated Chapman Valley/Northampton by six runs while Wanderers defeated Dongara by 14 runs.

Full wrap-up in Tuesday’s print edition.

GERALDTON BENDIGO BANK LEAGUE

PRELIMINARY FINAL

SPORTSMANS v TOWNS

At Wonthella Mar 17 2018 Towns won toss and batted

TOWNS

J Elliman (c) c McAuliffe b O’Brien 6

V Varghese c and b Bone 0

J Comben c Barndon b Bone 1

A Steiger lbw b O’Brien 3

J Russell run out (O’Brien/Barndon) 84

S Crouch c McAuliffe b Welsh 11

J DeLacy c Barndon b Starling 0

K Crudeli c and b Starling 4

M Hughes b Prosser 13

T Forsyth not out 12

ES Johnson not out 2

12th man: J McQuie

Extras: LB 6, W 9, NB 2 17

After 50 overs NINE for 153

Fall: 2 Varghese, 7 Comben, 11 Elliman, 14 Steiger, 40 Crouch, 41 DeLacy, 49 Crudeli, 95 Hughes, 151 Russell.

Bowling: C Bone 10-3-2-14, B O’Brien 10-1-2-36, B Starling 8-1-2-24, C Yeates 3-0-0-16, D Welsh 10-3-1-24 R Prosser 7-0-1-22, LD Horwood 2-0-0-11.

SPORTSMANS

J McGlynn c Steiger b DeLacy 17

C Yeates (c) c Russell b Elliman 8

R Barham c Elliman b DeLacy 22

A McAuliffe c McQuie b Forsyth 2

C Bone c Elliman b Forsyth 18

B O’Brien c Comben b DeLacy 1

LD Horwood c Crudeli b Crouch 3

N Brennan b DeLacy 0

D Welsh b Crouch 2

G Barndon b Hughes 1

R Prosser not out 0

12th man: B Starling

Extras: B 1, LB 6, W 6, NB 1 14

After 42.1 overs ALL OUT 88

Fall: 14 Yeates, 46 McGlynn, 52 Barham, 71 McAuliffe, 74 Bone, 80 Horwood, 81 O’Brien, 82 Brennan, 83 Barndon, 88 Welsh.

Bowling: J Elliman 10-3-1-20, T Forsyth 10-2-2-16, S Crouch 9.1-2-2-19, J DeLacy 9-2-4-14, ES Johnson 1-0-0-7, C Varghese 2-0—0-4, M Hughes 1-0-1-1.

TOWNS def SPORTSMANS by 65 runs

B-GRADE SEMI FINAL

CHAP VALL/N’PTON v TOWNS

At Muir Pk Mar 17 2018 CVN won toss and bowled

TOWNS

RW Gibson c and b Lynam 8

HI Forsyth c T Johnson b Harrison 14

K Mosedale c Billing b M Johnson 9

B Connor run out (Billing/Simmons) 15

R Connor c Hutchinson b Simmons 33

G Marquis (c) c Lynam b Billing 0

C Marquis lbw b Jones 8

J Moody not out 34

K Davey c Harrison b Billing 8

M McQuie not out 1

D Bradley

12th man: B Mailer

Extras: B 1, LB 2, W 7, NB 2 12

After 40 overs EIGHT for 142

Fall: 10 Gibson, 28 Mosedale, 41 HI Forsyth, 59 B Connor, 59 G Marquis, 86 C Marquis, 122 R Connor, 135 Davey.

Bowling: MI Johnson 5-1-1-21, A Lynam 8-1-1-22, S Harrison 3-1-1-9, T Hutchinson 5-0-0-17, J Billing 7-0-2-37, AS Jones 5-2-1-18, P Simmons 7-2-1-15.

CHAP VALL/N’PTON

S Harrison b McQuie 0

J Cragan (c) lbw b Mailer 13

T Johnson run out (R Connor, Mosedale) 7

G Williamson c R Connor b Bradley 16

J Billing c Mosedale b G Marquis 5

P Simmons lbw b Bradley 2

F Drage c R Connor b Bradley 36

S Pole st Mosedale b Bradley 4

MI Johnson c Mosedale b C Marquis 5

A Lynam not out 12

AS Jones not out 15

12th man: T Hutchinson

Extras: B 2, LB 1, W 12, NB 6 21

After 40 overs NINE for 136

Fall: 1 Harrison, 18 T Johnson, 44 Cragan, 49 Williamson, 52 Billing, 66 Simmons, 88 Pole, 98 Drage, 111 MI Johnson.

Bowling: M McQuie 8-0-1-35, B Mailer 8-2-1-12, D Bradley 8-0-4-34, G Marquis 6-2-1-10, C Marquis 6-1-1-27, HI Forsyth 4-0-0-15.

TOWNS def CHAP VALL/N’PTON by six runs

B-GRADE SEMI FINAL

DONGARA v WANDERERS

At GBSC Pk Mar 17 2018 Wanderers won toss and batted

WANDERERS

A Joss c Ferguson b Periera 3

F Heberle lbw b Periera 2

C Joss lbw b Bowran 2

H Toomey st Ferguson b Pullbrook 55

T Biddiscombe c Ferguson b Pullbrook 33

GR McKenna lbw b Bowran 33

J Collins run out (Bowran) 0

M Gallop lbw b Bedford 4

J Poletti (c) b Bowran 4

C Gibson not out 13

B Harrington b Periera 12

12th man: J Phillips

Extras: W 11 11

After 38.4 overs ALL OUT 172

Fall: 8 a Joss, 9 Henerle, 24 C Joss, 77 Toomey, 134 McKenna, 135 Collins, 135 Biddiscombe, 142 Gallop, 146 Poletti, 172 Harrington.

Bowling: J Groessler 8-1-0-36, R Periera 3.4-0-3-20, C Bowran 8-0-3-28, T Bedford 8-3-1-24, N Borrett 3-0-0-26, L Pullbrook 8-0-2-38.

DONGARA

S Bowran lbw b C Joss 19

L Pullbrook b Collins 3

C Bowran c and b McKenna 62

T Bedford (c) c Gallop b Toomey 14

JS Ferguson c A Joss b Gibson 15

N Borrett c Biddiscombe b C Joss 15

M Walker c A Joss b Gibson 0

R Periera c Toomey b C Joss 0

J Groessler b C Joss 6

JA Groessler run out (C Joss/Gibson) 0

J Philipps not out 0

12th man: L Peddie

Extras: B 4, LB 2, W 17, NB 1 24

After 39.3 overs ALL OUT 158

Fall: 11 Pullbrook, 58 S Bowran, 115 Bedford, 115 C Bowran, 148 Ferguson, 148 Walker, 148 Borrett, 149 Periera, 151 JA Groessler, 158 J Groessler.

Bowling: GR McKenna 8-4-1-10, J Collins 4-0-1-20, C Joss 7.3-0-4-44, A Joss 6-0-0-38, C Gibson 8-1-2-22, H Toomey 6-1-1-18.

WANDERERS def DONGARA by 14 runs

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