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Bulldogs bite back

Monday, 11th February, 2019

Jordan Vella bowls on Saturday. Vella picked up 6-33 in North’s win over West. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Jordan Vella bowls on Saturday. Vella picked up 6-33 in North’s win over West. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Fifties from Tobias Hack and Codie Howard, as well as six wickets by Jordan Vella, led North to a dominant win over West in their round 13 Demo Club A Grade clash on Saturday.

Batting first on a very green Jubilee Oval wicket, North lost their first wicket early with junior Casey Ferguson dismissing Matt Letcher for just one.

That brought the returning Dan ter Braak (40) to the crease and the Dutchman looked in ominous touch as he and Bill Bergman (11) put on a 50-run partnership.

ter Braak used his feet to all the bowlers, striking six boundaries and one six before both he and Bergman fell in consecutive overs to bring two fresh batsmen to the crease.

Unfortunately for West, those batsmen were Howard and Hack who set about building a match-defining 84-run stand for the fourth wicket. Howard dominated much of the partnership until he was dismissed for 56 from 55 balls in just over an hour at the crease.

Austin Wilson (6) and Vella (0) came and went but Hack was able to find a willing ally in junior Luke Hall (10). The pair added another 50 runs to the total, passing the 200 mark before Hack was eventually gone for a fantastic 78 off 84 deliveries including six fours and two sixes.

North would finish on nine for 215 from their 40 overs, an imposing total by anyone’s standards and the key was multiple substantial partnerships - 50 by ter Braak and Bergman, 84 from Howard and Hack and then 50 from Hack and Hall.

West veteran Paul Attard was the best of the bowlers, taking four wickets including those of ter Braak and Hack. Ferguson also finished with two wickets.

In reply, West’s top order barely gave a yelp as the wickets of Daniel Milne (4), Nick Schofield (1), Max Everuss (1), Lachlan Kaye (2) and Mackenzie Attard (6) reduced them to 5-32.

Junior Jonty Campbell and Paul Attard then added 26 before Campbell became wicket number three for Vella.

Attard would eventually fall for 26 and while Matt Adams (27 not out) swung hard, West lasted only 16.4 overs before they were bowled out for 97 to hand North a huge 118-run win.

Vella would finish with 6-33 from eight overs having taken the new ball. His opening partner Howard claimed 3-30 from five overs and ter Braak chipped in with a late wicket as well.

While Vella and Howard were terrific with the ball, a highlight of North’s fielding innings was the work behind the stumps of Bergman. His quick hands stumped both Schofield and Everuss, and had Mackenzie Attard caught whilst also keeping up the stumps, the latter two off the bowling of Howard who is not slow by any means.

This was West’s second consecutive loss by more than 100 runs after their 107-run defeat in round 12 by South. They’re not officially out of the finals just yet but desperately need to defeat Central next week to stay in the hunt.

North hold a 13-point lead atop the ladder and a win next weekend over South would lock up top-spot and a spot in the grand final for the second season in a row.

 

SCOREBOARD

North: 9 for 215 (T. Hack 78, C. Howard 56, D. ter Braak 40; P. Attard 4-35) def West: 97 (M. Adams 27, P. Attard 26; J. Vella 6-33, C. Howard 3-30) by 118 runs

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