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Robins trounce Roos

Monday, 11th November, 2013

West captain Andrew Henry scored 32 opening the batting. West captain Andrew Henry scored 32 opening the batting.

By Ethan James

West and Central will go head-to-head in the 20/20 decider after the two cricket powerhouses chalked up wins in the final round of competition on Saturday

The Robins were too strong for South, while the Magpies prevailed in a low-scoring encounter against North at Zinc Oval. 

They will now play off for the silverware on December 21 in a day/night fixture at Jubilee Oval. 

Batting first at Alma Oval, West rode their luck on their way to posting a total of 5/145.

The damage could have been greater if not for some sloppy catching in the field from their Southern opponents who dropped a total of six chances throughout the course of the innings. 

Needing to score at 7.25 runs per over to chase the score, the writing was on the wall early for South against the quick opening duo of Rosewarn and Withers. 

Withers picked up the wickets of Dawes and Schorn in his first over to leave the chasing team reeling at 2/3. 

It didn’t get much better for South as the introduction of Matthew Handberg’s leg spin brought Boland undone before the accuracy of Paul Attard ripped through the middle order.

The bustling seamer picked up a hat-trick in his second over.

He clean bowled Sheph for six runs before rattling the stumps of Lawrence Hebbard.

South number eight Rolten then strode to the crease but soon found himself back in the pavilion as well with Attard knocking off the bails courtesy of his third full pitched delivery in the space of three balls.

Flat lining at 8/42, Nankivell and King finished off the tail to leave South 91 runs short.

Earlier, West won the toss and elected to bat first but got off to a shaky start when Handberg was dismissed by Hebbard for just eight runs.

Some economical bowling from Boland tightened the screws and Max Everuss succumbed to the pressure to leave his team precariously placed at 2/27.

Captain Andrew Henry combined with Zac McQuillan to resurrect the innings in a partnership of 44 ñ the highest of the innings.

However, spinner Matt Vandenheuval struck a double blow, removing Henry and Attard to leave West at 5/112.

But some late hitting took the game away from South.

Curtis Jelbert, who came out swinging harder than a rusty gate on a windy day, scored five fours and also inflicted some pain on the non-strikers’ stumps with a full-blooded drive.

He finished on 29 not out and received good support from King, who was unbeaten on 20 and hit two massive sixes down the ground.

Points Table (after five rounds): Central 28, West 15, North 12, South 1.

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