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Rampant Robins roll Magpies

Monday, 4th February, 2013

Andrew Henry was unstoppable, scoring 58 not out against Central on Saturday. Andrew Henry was unstoppable, scoring 58 not out against Central on Saturday.

By Newcomer

This much-anticipated game of the round at the Alma Oval between West and Central turned into a fizzer with West easily disposing of the Magpies by seven wickets.

The remain undefeated and sit comfortably on top of the ladder.

All eyes were on Central to see if they could bring their A-game to the party and finally challenge the Robins but it wasn't to be, so it's back to the drawing board for the Magpies to concoct another plan to stop the West juggernaut from rolling on.

Central batted first and started well enough with a steady start from openers Cam Wells and Casey Paull who made 39 from 10 overs, but with the dismissal of Wells, caught behind from the bowling of Malthouse, the Central boys failed to capitalise, slumping from 1/38 to 5/58 with all the West bowlers chipping in with wickets.

The key wicket of Central captain Jarred Paull for just one was one of them, and from this moment on Central were never able to recover.

Justin Heath batted cautiously for a patient 27 but wickets continued to fall and with the last wicket falling, that of O'Mally, Central had managed a score of just 105.

All the West bowlers were at their damaging best, with Nic Christos the pick with 4/12.

Central had to make early inroads to have any chance of victory and their confidence rose with the second over dismissal of Handberg, caught and bowled by Hannon, and West were 1/0.

Heath joined Henry and together they combined to swing the game back again in West's favour to take it away from Central.

With control led aggression mixed with flair and patience, they formed a partnership of 63 runs from 17 overs before Heath was stumped for 23 runs.

Henry was unfazed and continued the onslaught, bringing up his half-century and West were cruising towards victory.

There was a minor hiccup with the dismissal of Christos for two to have West 3/88 from 26 overs, and Central were giving their all with numerous bowling changes but to no avail.

The game finished with Malthouse hitting one of the biggest sixes seen in town for some time - by all reports, the ball came back with a different postcode on it.

West continue to go from strength to strength and have shown that at their best they are unstoppable.

If anyone wants to steal their crown, then they had better improve greatly and quickly for that matter.

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