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Central never in danger

Monday, 25th January, 2016

Scott Mateer could only but smile after dropping a tough catch in the outfield. Scott Mateer could only but smile after dropping a tough catch in the outfield.

By Patrick Reincke

It was all too easy for Central on Saturday when they cruised to an comprehensive win over West at The Jube.

The Magpies had next to no problem in chasing down the low target set for victory after smashing through the West batting order.

Some cracking bowling from Justin Heath, David O’Mally, Jarred Paull and Michael Maalste bogged down their opponent’s batsmen with only one player (Paddric Attard) making it to double digits.

Heath finished with two for nine off of eight with four maidens while Paull had one for three off seven with five maidens.

But the cream of the crop was David O’Mally who followed up his three-wicket haul from last week with a four-for in this game.

Heath and Paull dispatched the top order efficiently leaving West at 3/9 after eight overs.

The Robins did what they could to increase the total but the absence of key players like Matthew Handberg and Paul Attard was being felt.

Lachlan Jenkin took a KFC Classic Catch on the boundary to give James Hale the wicket of Daniel McInerney.

Young Paddric Attard was a fighter and was showing some good skill as the side’s top scorer but even he couldn’t escape O’Mally’s bowling as the Central quick cleaned up the tail end.

After 34.3 overs, West was all out for 63.

Central chased down the total relatively quickly with Matt Menz and Justin Heath doing all the work.

Heath finished the game not out 36 but Menz came undone when he gifted Callum Rosewarn a catch and Peter Christos a wicket.

Jake Trengove faced four balls but couldn’t stick it out until the end and was dispatched by young Attard.

Adam Armstrong came to crease and stayed put while Heath finished off.

Christos started his fourth over but he only got through two balls with Heath smashing two fours to bring the game to an end in the 14 over.

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