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Willyama win well deserved

Wednesday, 31st March, 2010

* Broken Hill High's David O'Malley eyes a delivery. * Broken Hill High's David O'Malley eyes a delivery.

Yesterday saw the 24th instalment of the open cricket match between the city's high schools.

The score stood at 14-9 in favour of Broken Hill High and after an upset win in the Davidson Shield match last week they were favoured to add to the margin. Captains Harrison Cumming (BHHS) and Tom Derham tossed the coin in the cool of the early morning with Cumming winning the toss and electing to bat.

Alec Brady and Curtis Jelbert opened the batting facing the opening bowlers of Tom Derham and Simon O'Brien. The batting side had 3 hours to bat - unfortunately Bray mistook that to mean 20 minutes and was out in the 4th over to O'Brien for 6 after going for a big heave.

Adam Armstrong came in and for a while he and Jelbert looked like they would set up a big score until Jelbert was out to the first change bowler Darcy Crampton.

From this point on the BHHS batsmen batted like they were going to get two chances. This approach combined with the good bowling of Crampton, Cody Schorn and the hand grenades of Tobias Hack resulted in BHHS being bowled out for 90 with one hour of unused batting time.

Willyama had to go in and bat for an hour before lunch and at this point they were now the favorites. Despite their strong position they would also have been thinking about their failed run chase a week earlier. Ed McInnes and Cameron Mackey opened for Willyama against the bowling of Harrison Cumming and Sam Dougherty.

Cumming took a wicket with the first and third balls of his third over and another one in his fourth to have WHS at 3-17. Mackay who was defending well was joined by Tom Derham. They steadied the ship with a 33-run partnership before Mackay was bowled by Liam King. Derham was hitting the ball well - despite giving one chance to BHHS - and was joined by Jorden Vella.

On the stroke of lunch King got his second wicket when he had Vella caught and WHS were 5-52 and the game was in the balance. After lunch Derham was joined by Cody Schorn, and the pair batted like there was no pressure at all.

Derham played the best innings of the game, and Schorn made sure that there would be no collapse as he hit what is rumoured to be his first 6.

The duo put on an unbeaten 39 which was the highest partnership of the match to give WHS a well deserved victory.

For BHHS Cumming and King were the wicket takers and Jelbert bowled well without luck. Well done to WHS who move the overall score to 14-10 with a deserved victory.

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