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Wanderers move to top of ladder after 17-run win over Sportsmans in Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Gus Spalding takes a catch for Sportsmans.
Camera IconGus Spalding takes a catch for Sportsmans. Credit: Derek Goforth

With temperatures skirting the mid-40Cs, it was decided to play Twenty20 games in the Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League on Saturday.

Wanderers moved to the top of the table with a 17-run win over Sportsmans at GBSC Park.

Wanderers’ Kade Gillingham won the toss and batted and his top order fired with runs from Clayton Bruce-Cherry (15) and Shayne Bidwell (19) to start.

Henry Anderson (43) and Gillingham (31 not out) built on that and they ended at 4-122. Brad Mailer (0-13 off four overs) was best of the bowlers.

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Sportsmans began well in the chase thanks to Clint Yeates (33 off 22 balls) but Anderson (1-13 off four overs) gave little away and by the 10th over the required run rate was 7.2 an over.

Jarrad Jupp (17) and Riley Barham (15) worked hard but Sportsmans could not close the gap and made 7-105. Ian Oglesby (2-25) also shone, with the wickets of Yeates and Jupp.

Chapman Valley-Northampton were nine-run winners over Bluff Point at Muir Park.

Pointers captain Jay O’Brien won the toss and fielded, but his bowlers could not make the needed incisions after Axis Hutchinson (34) and Nigel Routledge (23) got going.

CVN also had a finisher in Hayden Dawson (43 off 27) who hit three sixes and three fours to jet them to 6-123. Matt Russell (3-14 off four overs) had the best figures.

Bluff Point were brave in the reply and but for Daniel Leach (5-9 off four overs) might have won though Aaron Thomas (23 off 15 balls) provided an electric start before Leach bowled him.

There was a late surge from Russell (21) and Mitch McAuliffe (17 not out) but Toby Johnson (2-10 off his sole over) put paid to that.

Sportsmans won the last Young Motors T20 Cup qualifier against Bluff Point on Friday which had no effect on standings as Wanderers and Towns had already advanced to this coming Friday’s final.

The Pointers batted after O’Brien won the toss but with he, Carl Shilling and Thomas not getting a run between them, were soon struggling at 4-20.

Yeates (2-9) did early damage while Ethan Johnson had Thomas caught by Gus Spalding.

Cody Doran (19), Sam Millett (23) and Callum Joss (16) helped Bluff Point post 9-89 but another 15 or even 10 runs might have been handy. Jupp (2-11) bowled well and held three catches.

Sportsmans eclipsed the target off the last ball of the 18th over and finished at 4-111 but at 4-54 were iffy, so it was a worthy result.

Matt Greenlees (37) was the mainstay, then Jupp (39 not out) and Riley Barham (19 not out) steered them home.

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