Tuesday, 30th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
An amazing spell of bowling by North champ Codie Howard routed West for just 75 and led North to a commanding 41-run victory on Sunday.
Chasing a very gettable 117 for victory, West had moved to 3-63 and looked to have things under control despite star batsman and skipper Max Everuss being bowled by Nash Mitchell for just three.
That was until Howard entered the attack and tore through the West middle-to-lower order.
Clint Pearce (6) was first to fall off the bowling of Jordan Vella before Howard went to work. He had Jordan Meehan bowled for 17 and Matt Adams followed shortly after without troubling the scorers.
Kyle Jelbert (4) was also gone thanks to some swift glove work by Bill Bergman to give Howard a third. Phil Summers (0) was gone very next ball and Colby Stenhouse (0) didn’t fare much better.
Casey Ferguson (1) was the last man out as Howard claimed the ridiculous figures of 6-2 from three overs.
West had collapsed from 3-63 to 75 all out and were beaten by 41 runs. Paul Attard remained unbeaten on six.
As well as Howard, Kieran McEvoy took 2-26 from four overs while Vella and Mitchell claimed one wicket apiece.
Earlier in the day, Bergman again got North away to a flyer as he made 33 from 27 balls at the top of the order and put on a 60-run opening stand with Howard (11). The veteran crashed three fours and a pair of sixes before Stenhouse had him caught by Paull Attard.
North too looked set for a big total only for a collapse putting them in real strife.
From 2-75 the Bulldogs would lose Vella (1), Austin Wilson (2), Brendon Martin (1) and Hack (12) before Anthony Tidball (16) added valuable late runs to get the side to 116 from their 20 overs. North were also helped by a whopping 24 wides and 31 total extras from the Robins.
Stenhouse picked up three wickets while Mackenzie Attard and Paul Attard each claimed two.
The win continues North’s run of form as they sit equal-first with South who are also unbeaten in from the opening two rounds of 2018/19. Those sides will face off next Saturday in the first round of 40-over games.
West will clash with Central next week as both search for their first wins of the season.