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Wells destroys West

Monday, 14th October, 2013

Nick Christos and Max Everuss trudge from the field during West’s loss to Central.PICTURE: Ethan James Nick Christos and Max Everuss trudge from the field during West’s loss to Central.PICTURE: Ethan James

By By Ethan James

A blistering half century from Cam Wells helped Central to a relatively comfortable six wicket win over West in the opening 20/20 fixture of the cricket season.

The number three batsman top scored with a knock of 73 that featured ten boundaries.

Wells also smashed three consecutive sixes off the last three balls of Nick Christos’ final over.

“I was pretty scratchy to start and was a bit rusty for timing but I think everyone was in that boat,” Well said.

“Nick (Christos) probably didn’t have his best day, he put a few in the slot but I managed to time a few and got a few over the boundary towards the end which was nice.

“A few of them went over cover and one over square leg. That’s usually my strength over the offside.”

West claimed the 20/20 competition last season, while Central took out the A Grade title.

“We had quite a few young fellas playing for us... and it was a good start to back up the premiership from last year, Wells said.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Wests were restricted to 4/130 on the back of some economical fast bowling.

David O’Mally finished with 1-13, while opening bowler Brett Hannon went for just eighteen runs off his four overs.

The highlight for the Robins was the form of young batsmen Max Everuss, who notched 51* on the final ball of the innings.

In the other A Grade fixture, North toppled South by four wickets at Zinc Oval.

On a green deck that was barely distinguishable from the outfield, North chased down South’s total of 6/115 with four overs to spare.

Batting first, South slumped to 6/80 before some lusty late-over hitting from Brendon Shailles, who hit 22 from 10 balls, helped his side to a respectable total.

Opening bowler Lachie Harvey was the chief destroyer, picking up 3-19.

North stumbled early in the run chase, with both Jordan Vella and Lachie Hobba departing for ducks.

However they launched a counter-attack through Brett Johnson’s quick-fire innings of 44 off just 22 deliveries.

He received able support from Stuart Ward 30 (31) and Brendon Martin 23* (16).

Despite finishing in the losing side, all-rounder Shailles continued his strong personal performance with figures of 3-20.

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