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West do enough for win

Monday, 13th January, 2014

MacKenzie Attard (left) and his dad Pat (right) donned their cricet whites together for West at the weekend. MacKenzie Attard (left) and his dad Pat (right) donned their cricet whites together for West at the weekend.

By West do enough for win

By Ethan James

An undermanned West did enough to continue their winning ways against South but the highlight of the day was the Attard father and son partnership.

With the Robins missing a number of key players, 15-year-old MacKenzie Attard got the chance to make his top grade debut.

The special part was that he got to do it alongside his father Pat. 

Speaking before the match, the Broken High School student said he wasn’t fazed in the slightest by the prospect of coming up against more seasoned players. 

“I’ve faced them all in the nets anyway,” MacKenzie said.

“I was a little bit nervous beforehand but it wasn’t too bad and it was a bit better than I thought.

“It’s great to finally get a run after being twelfth man in a few games for the last couple of years.”

He also received some special pre-game advice from his old man. 

“He said to me just play my own game and have fun out there... it feels like I’ve pretty much been playing cricket since I was born.”

Remarkably, the duo spent time at the crease together and shared a nine run partnership for the eighth wicket.

That family moment was disrupted by South leg spinner Matt Vandenheuval, who trapped MacKenzie leg before wicket for one.

Pat went on to top score with 65 off just 63 balls in an innings that propped up an otherwise low scoring Robins’ scorecard.

He clubbed three sixes and five fours to help West to a total of 134.

Vandenheuval was the pick of the South bowlers, claiming the last five wickets of the match to finish with figures of 5/28. 

South got off to the worst possible start in their chase, losing both openers before a run had been scored.

From there it was an uphill battle, as the pace trio of Callum Rosewarn, Liam King and Withers ripped through the middle order to bowl the Southerners out for 80.

In the other A Grade fixture, a blistering century from Codie Howard couldn’t quite get North over the line for unlikely upset against Central.

Chasing 276 for victory, North started poorly with Victory, Moritz and Hack all finding themselves back in the sheds with the score on 32. 

However, Howard kept smashing away but fell to the spin of Cam Wells for 109 with the score on 5/174.

That still left North just over 100 runs short and despite a well-made 37 from Lachlan Harvey, the total proved too far out of reach. 

Earlier, the regular bats were at their best for Central as they won the toss and posted 7/275. 

Justin Heath (65), Keenan Hywood (53) and Jarred Paull (46) set up the innings at the top of the order, while Brett Hannon did some late damage before being run out for 48.  

Points Table (after ten rounds): Central 65, West 46, North 21, South 4. 

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