Towns to face Sportsmans twice in Geraldton men’s cricket, Wanderers women’s side play Sportsmans

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Towns celebrate a wicket.
Camera IconTowns celebrate a wicket. Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian/Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian

Towns and Sportsmans meet twice in this weekend’s Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League.

They play a Young Motors T20 at Wonthella on Friday night and a 50 over game at the Rec on Saturday.

Towns’ attack has taken all 60 possible wickets — it’s so good even Simon Evans and Jai Russell, with 299 A-grade victims between them, don’t always bowl.

Brady Collins has the most wickets with 11, but the surprise has been Kodi Giltrow with 10 at 6.6 runs each.

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Sportsmans aim to stay in the top three, and with Clint Yeates making runs and Darcy Ingle coming off a good half-century, they look more settled.

Tomorrow’s other game is at GBSC Park, where Wanderers play Bluff Point.

The Pointers have impressed at times and hopefully most of their best men — Sam Millett, Aaron Thomas, Brett Marendaz, Carl Shilling, Jay O’Brien, Mitch McAuliffe and Brendan Miller will play. Wanderers, a mostly young side, are led by Kade Gillingham who is among that youth but remarkably for an 18-year-old is also a senior player.

Last week when set a challenging target by Sportsmans, it was Gillingham and veteran Shayne Bidwell who took them to victory.

“We’re travelling well as a team, pretty good start, but still have a bit to do,” Gillingham said.

“Last week’s game was in the balance when I went to the crease but Biddy batted well and I enjoy being in the middle with him as he releases pressure which helps me do my thing.”

In Young Motors women’s cricket, it’s back to T20s with Wanderers against Sportsmans at GBSC4. They have played twice this season with a win each.

Wanderers’ attack is led by Sam Biddiscombe and Olivia Bidwell who respectively boast amazing season numbers of 14 wickets at 1.92 and 12 at 3.33.

Sportsmans have quality players too and Jo Walker, Sarah Prickett, Stacey Jerrard and Hayley Criddle are potential match winners.

At GBSC3, CVN play Towns. For CVN, key players are Kylie Bremner, Kate Clarkson and Kim Mawer while Towns will look to Pam Micke, Shannon Stubbs, Ruth Vorster and Dirranie Kirby.

B-grade T20s: Spo v Wan (Wonthella), CVN v Don (Dongara), BP v Twn (Muir).

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