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West bats dominate

Monday, 16th February, 2015

A late cut by Tim Clarke makes its way past the keeper. A late cut by Tim Clarke makes its way past the keeper.

By Michael Murphy

West skittled North for 35 runs in a big win for the minor premiership contenders at the Alma Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Tim Clarke again showed why is one of the premier batsmen in the city with a solid 73 runs in the West total of 205.

The cool and collected left-hander with an almost flawless technique was cautious early on, but he then opened up and scored freely against a sometimes wayward North bowling attack.

Clarke put the cherry over the fence on two occasions and hit the boundary five times in his innings.

He opened the batting with youngster Macka Attard, who played a crucial supporting role to his elder batting partner.

Attard’s defence was impenetrable, and although the runs did not flow for the youngster, he allowed Clarke to do the damage at the other end.

Attard cracked a four through mid-off to take the opening partnership to 56, but he skied one to mid-off the very next ball giving Tobias Hack an easy catch off the bowling of Davey.

Max Everuss then came into bat and the runs began to flow for the West unit. Everuss knocked out 30 runs with two sixes and a four before being bowled by Mateer.

The 69-run partnership between Clarke and Everuss set up the Westies’ innings, and when Henry came into the picture, the odds for a Bulldog win began to get longer and longer.

Although Clarke departed the crease not long after Everuss, Henry pummelled the North attack and posted a quickfire 29, including three big cracks over the rope.

Off-spinner Jordan Vella was the pick of the North bowlers, picking up the wickets of Handberg and King late in the innings.

North opened up their innings with Gray and Martin, but it wasn’t long before Martin was back in the pavilion with a first-ball duck after Liam King hit the woodwork.

McEvoy came to the crease and managed four dot balls before being caught out by Everuss off the bowling of King.

Hack came and went soon after, King again doing the damage by hitting the stumps.

It was lucky for North that the Alma Oval was nowhere near the West Rifle Club, all those ducks may have attracted a bit of unwanted attention.

The innings didn’t get any better for the Bulldogs, two more ducks showed their faces and “extras” was the second highest top-scorer with eight.

King and Wilson did the damage for the Westies, each picked up four wickets while Christos chipped in with two. 

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