West take points
Monday, 7th December, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
In what was a big weekend for Broken Hill cricket, West put an end to the winning ways for Central in a tense battle at Alma Oval.
Having been set close to two hundred runs for the win, despite some shaky batting early on in their innings, West rallied through a resilient partnership from Andrew Henry and Paul Attard to win the afternoon with one wicket remaining.
After a top knock from their top order batsmen, Central’s middle order and onward struggled to get runs and soon found themselves dismissed having barely affected the score.
Openers Cam Wells and Matt Menz got Central’s innings off in fine fashion with the pair cracking a high amount of runs.
Wells and Menz made it all the way to 118 by over 17 before West Captain Matthew Handberg found a way past Menz’s bat to knock off the bails and snap the partnership.
With Menz gone for 55, Jon Carrett came to crease and watch on as Wells fell victim to a Paul Attard delivery that also knocked over his stumps.
From there, James Hale and Scott Shepherd came and went from the crease without surpassing four runs each.
Scott Mateer faced 25 deliveries for 7 runs before Peter Christos bowled him over.
Clint Jones and Adam Armstrong also spent very little time at the crease while Carrett continued the grind for runs as his teammates dropped around him.
Another solid Attard delivery finally dismissed the big man for 36 which saw Lachy Jenkin and Matt Muscat played the rest of the overs out.
At the end of the 40, Central finished at 8/195.
Attard topped the bowling for West with figures of 3/17 off eight which included two wicket maidens.
Handberg was a close second with 3/21 off eight with a wicket maiden also going to him.
West’s run chase started dismally with Mackenzie Attard getting dismissed in the opening over.
Max Everuss came in and faced ten balls before Luke Neal got rid of him for naught.
Tim Clarke’s 14 was a promising start but he didn’t stick around long after James Hale got him swinging with Menz taking a the catch.
Handberg made 17 and Christian Minnett made 19 before they too got sent back to the sheds and West facing a very big uphill battle.
At 5/68 and needing a steadying partnership to turned the momentum, that’s exactly what West got.
Paul Attard and Andrew Henry set to work in reviving West’s innings with the duo adding on 107 runs to turn the tide.
Attard’s 55 off 50 came to end after Carrett got the breakthrough wicket.
Henry brought up his half century with a four but was soon sent packing as well with Armstrong recording a good stumping as wickie.
West continued to edge closer and closer to their target but as they did, Central claimed the wickets they needed.
When Shperherd dismissed Judd Carpenter off the back of a quality caught and bowled (his second for the day), West stood at 9/194, needing one for the draw, two for the win, with 15 balls left.
For Central, they needed the wicket.
When Shepherd sent down the fourth ball of his eighth over, Sean Wilson didn’t buy into the ongoing tensions and proceeded to hit a four to win the game for his side in style.
This illustrious win sees West full of confidence ahead of their North which shall take place at the Alma.
The Central lads will now travel to Jubilee Oval in a bid to bounce back to winning form.
They will have to be wary of a menacing South side who will be keen to get back to back wins.