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Wanderers and Towns take points in Geraldton men’s cricket

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Towns’ Thomas Forsyth celebrates a wicket.
Camera IconTowns’ Thomas Forsyth celebrates a wicket. Credit: Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian/Towns’ Thomas Forsyth celebrates a wicket. Pictures: Michael Roberts, Michael Roberts/Geraldton Guardian

Wanderers topped Sportsmans by 35 runs in the Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League at Wonthella on Saturday.

Wanderers’ Kade Gillingham sent Sportsmans in and they were 3-6 after Justin Clarkson (2-33) took scalps in each of his first two overs, with another for Shayne Bidwell.

Clint Yeates (31) and Flynn Dillon (28) then added 48, and Darcy Ingle (55) also shone. Jarrod Jupp (20 not out) lifted Sporties to 7-165.

In the chase, Jacob Sumner (24) calmly added 60 with Alex Solomon.

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Both fell in successive overs, with Solomon bowled by Adriano Paradella and Sumner stumped by Graeme Barndon off Dan Welsh to make it 3-83.

Gillingham (25) joined Bidwell (58 off 55 balls) and they again fashioned a vital stand, this one worth 58. Gillingham was leg before to Dillon before the target was secured, but Wanderers won with almost four overs to spare and made 6-200.

Towns completed a happy weekend with a 147-run trouncing of Chapman Valley-Northampton at Nabawa. CVN’s James Billing gave Towns first use but they made 5-217.

Callum Marquis (58 not out) batted keenly with more runs from Jay Comben (42), Simon Evans (37), Jai Russell 26) and Brady Collins 17.

Toby Johnson (2-23) had some joy.

CVN replied with just 70.

Only Ashley Campbell (21) and Nigel Routledge (16) were solid.

Tom Forsyth (2-22), Josh DeLacy (2-13), Russell (2-7) and Kodi Giltrow (3-3) shared spoils.

In Friday’s Young Motors T20, Towns beat Wanderers.

Gillingham won the toss and batted but his side made a record equal low of 42.

Only Ian Oglesby (11) reached double figures as Forsyth (2-6), Collins (3-12) and DeLacy (2-13) ruled.

Sam Crouch held four of five first slip chances.

His miss didn’t matter as the next ball was another nick he held.

Jai Russell at mid-on took another fine grab to shift Solomon.

Wanderers had Towns 3-22 in the reply, but Collins (58), batting superbly, added 78 with Marquis (25). Towns made 5-122.

Wanderers firmed their Young Motors Women’s Cricket League lead on Sunday with a big 96-run win over CVN.

The match was a T30 played at Nabawa, and Wanderers were sent in.

CVN had Wanderers 5-65 halfway through but an unbeaten stand of 82 between Olivia Bidwell (66 not out) and Tammy Solomon (20 not out) powered Wanderers to 5-147.

Bidwell became the third player in the competition’s three years to pass 500 runs.

Lucinda O’Neill (2-18) and Tarni Screaigh (2-34) bowled well, as did an economical Kylie Bremner, who also removed Sam Biddiscombe.

CVN’s reply was a mess and they were 6-6 and then 8-18 before Wanderers took their foot off the pedal and they scraped together 51.

Ashlyn Thompson (4-10) and Biddiscombe (3-3) were rewarded for mostly straight bowling.

But for 33 sundries, CVN’s tally would have been worse.

At the Rec, Towns’ Pam Micke won the toss and batted against Sportsmans in another T30.

Thanks to her unbeaten 54, Towns made 6-108.

Tia Hatch (2-12) and captain Jo Walker (2-25) bowled tightly.

Sporties stumbled to 6-42 in the chase and it was game on after Micke (2-34) and Ruth Vorster (2-23) made inroads.

But yet again Sarah Prickett (30) and Walker (29) loved the challenge and got Sportsmans home.

They finished with 131 and Towns were left lamenting what might have been given 45 of them were extras.

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