Wanderers send warning with win over Chapman Valley-Northampton in men’s cricket

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Kade Gillingham catches Dean Watson off Gus Heberle's delivery.
Camera IconKade Gillingham catches Dean Watson off Gus Heberle's delivery. Credit: Colin Sherman/Geraldton Guardian

Wanderers put their Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League semifinals rivals on notice with a comprehensive win over Chapman Valley-Northampton on Saturday.

Bluff Point moved into the top three and finals contention by the skin of their teeth by toppling Sportsmans.

Wanderers beat CVN by 144 runs at GBSC1 with Clayton Bruce-Cherry (101 off 73 balls), who now has two tons in four innings for his new club, dominating.

CVN’s James Billing chose to bat after he won the toss and though Cody Slootmans (20) and Axis Hutchinson (36) made runs they were all out for 117.

Ian Oglesby (4-18), Gus Heberle (3-13) and Bruce-Cherry (2-12) enjoyed the spoils.

Wanderers replied with 8-261. Michael Roberts (39), Heberle (33), Digby Gallop (16) and Jason Partington (28) had starts. Billing (4-21) got reward with the ball.

Bluff Point moved into third with a game in hand over Sporties, their nearest rivals for finals, and will hope to hold on as a fascinating battle for places plays out in the last two rounds.

The Pointers play CVN, in fifth, next week.

Sporties, now fourth, are out with a bye — all three are on 24 match points after the latest round and separated only by bonus points.

Brendan Millar won the toss for the Pointers on Saturday and bowled.

His side dismissed Sportsmans for 109 which would have been less but David Russell (28) added 40 in a partnership with Shane Ford (18).

Mitch McAuliffe (4-20) was superb with a haul that included a seemingly set Jarrod Jupp (17). Matt Russell (2-26) and Brett Marendaz (2-22) also shone.

In the chase Bluff Point lost wickets to Jupp (2-18) and Yeates but rallied with a stand of 63 between Aaron Thomas (60 off 34 balls) and Jay O’Brien.

Thomas was on fire. He hit four sixes and seven fours. When run out in a tight call he’d hit 60 of 61.

Millar recalled this exchange with him: “I said when he went in, ‘just get us to tea’ and he said ‘I’ll just do me’”. He did.

After Thomas fell so did Millar, Ryan Forrester and Russell with Dan Welsh (4-56), whose first over went for three sixes and a four by Thomas, making inroads.

At 7-94 it was even money but Jayden Pinto (81 off 65 balls), with 149 runs behind him in 19 previous innings, found form.

He hit five sixes and four fours and added 95 with McAuliffe (30 not out). Sam Pepper (22 not out) chipped in and the Pointers made 8-231.

“Great day for us, probably bowled the best I’ve seen though their tail got them to 109,” Millar said.

“Credit to Matt Russell, best I’ve seen him bowl and McAuliffe doing McAuliffe at both ends.

“Pinto went in with 16 to win and made light work of it but just glad to get the win.”

In Friday’s Young Motors T20, Wanderers booked a place in the final with an easy win over Sportsmans.

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