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Robins wings clipped by rampaging Roos

Monday, 4th February, 2019

South’s Sheldon Hall defends into the off-side on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan South’s Sheldon Hall defends into the off-side on Saturday. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

South’s most complete team performance so far this season led them to a huge win over West on Saturday at the Alma Oval in scorching hot conditions.

West would have entered Saturday with some confidence following their T20 win over Central in round 11 but an inept display with the bat saw them routed for just 58, their lowest total of 2018/19, and slump to a 107-run loss.

The Roos made a patient start after winning the toss and electing to bat on a low and skiddy Alma pitch with openers Sheldon Hall and Ben Franklyn managing just eight runs from the first five overs.

Hall was able to break the shackles with a pair of boundaries and moved to 16 before Nick Schofield bowled an absolute peach of a delivery which squared Hall up and took the top of off stump.

South captain Franklyn and Mani Singh then combined for a 31-run stand until Franklyn was sent packing for 13 from 35 balls and included a four and a six. Singh was next to go for a well-made 23, bringing Naj Soomro to the crease to join the in-form Matt Reavill.

Reavill and Soomro added 30 runs for the fourth wicket but from a fantastic position of 3-94 in the 25th over, a mini-collapse from the Roos allowed West back into the contest.

Reavill was first to go for 31, followed by Arlen Bird (11), Paul Nicholas (4), Soomro (13) and Binu Sebastian (0) as South slumped to 8-125. Luckily for them, wicket-keeper Nathan Gageler was at his counter-attacking best.

He combined with tail-enders Nathan Waterhouse (1) and Mason Squire (4) for another 40 crucial runs to push South to a slight above-par 165 as West dismissed South from 38 overs. Gageler finished with 30 from just 25 balls including three fours and a six.

Austin Ferguson and Nick Schofield were the pick of West’s bowlers, each taking three wickets with junior Casey Ferguson also chipping in with a couple.

Needing 166 for victory, West made a horror start as Waterhouse ripped through their top order.

The tall left-arm quick reduced the Robins to 4-18 as he castled Jon Bishop (5), Max Everuss (0) and Paddric Attard (0) as well as trapping West skipper Mackenzie Attard in front for one.

Lachlan Kaye and Clint Pearce offered a modicum of resistance until Franklyn snuck one under Kaye’s bat for 16. 

Pearce and Nick Schofield were able to move the score to 5-52 before Hall, Reavill and Soomro ran through the lower order. Hall had Schofield (7) caught behind, trapped Austin Ferguson LBW for a duck and bowled Liam King (2) while Reavill ended Pearce’s innings on 16.

Fittingly it was Soomro, in his final match for the club before moving to Victoria for work, who finished things off as he had Colby Stenhouse (0) well caught by Squire at mid-on.

Waterhouse was fantastic with 4-9 from four overs, giving it his all in very draining conditions, and Hall cleaned up the lower order with brutal efficiency to take 3-2 from three overs.

The win is South’s largest in terms of runs for the season and sees them move to 7-3 on the season with two no results. They’ll face a resurgent Central next weekend while West head to the Jubilee Oval to take on the North Bulldogs.

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