Magpies win it on the line
Monday, 23rd February, 2015
By Michael Murphy
The Magpies downed their main rivals West in a thriller at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Central won by just six runs after posting 177, while bowling out the Westies for 171 in an fairly even match that could have gone either way.
Central won the toss and elected to bat in the heat of high noon, opening with Cam Wells and Justin Heath.
The Magpie openers started cautiously with a maiden in the first over, but then they opened up and started knocking the ball around the park.
They hit their 50-run partnership in the eighth over of the match, and were looking to settle in when Wells was sent packing for 20 after Jelbert caught him off the bowling of Rosewarn.
Jon Carrett made his way to the crease and along with Heath, the pair kept the scoreboard ticking along at a steady pace, though 20 runs later Heath was back on the sidelines after tipping a catch to Rosewarn off the bowling of Tonkin.
It was a crucial wicket for the Westies, as Heath was finding the middle of the bat, hitting seven boundaries in his innings of 39.
Magpies captain Jarred Paull was up next but only managed to stick out in the middle for ten minutes, hitting a four and a single before being sent back to the grandstand to watch the rest of the innings.
It was another crucial blow by the West attack, this time Christos claimed the prize wicket.
The Magpies were 3 for 86 when Shepard joined Carrett at the crease and the pair put on a much-needed 45-run partnership to lift the Magpies to a respectable score.
Clint Jones put in a cameo performance with the bat, coming in at number nine and remaining not out on 11, and could well have been the difference in the tight-scoring match.
Central made 177 for the loss of nine wickets.
The bowling honours were spread between Rosewarn, Christos and Pearce, each with two wickets.
West opened their innings up with Tim Clarke and Clint Pearce, but found themselves in the precarious position of 3 for 28 after losing Clarke, Pearce and Everuss fairly cheaply.
Clarke did spend half an hour at the crease and clipped 18 runs, but he must have been disappointed not to take it further as he has done in recent weeks.
Pearce only managed four while Everuss got a duck, the pressure was now on Andrew Henry to provide some resistance to the Magpie attack.
Henry watched as his batting partners came and went, with Rosewarn and Handberg only managing single digits before Liam King strode to the crease.
Henry and King took the West total to 97 before Henry departed the scene, scoring 44 runs in his hour at the crease, including five fours and a six.
King and Christos then posted a 30-run partnership and the Westies were still in the running for a Saturday afternoon comeback.
But Magpie captain Jarred Paull struck a crucial blow by knocking over King’s stumps, and while Christos fought on for a gallant 19, he was the last man out and the Westies fell short by just six runs.
Magpie bowlers Carrett and Paull shared the bowling honours with three wickets a piece.
The Magpies now enjoy a week’s break while West play North in the preliminary final.