Robins fly home
Monday, 15th January, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
West 2 for 64 (M. Everuss 23*; D. O’Mally 1-9) defeated Central 7 for 63 (D. Pettitt 15; P. Attard 2-7, C. Stenhouse 2-19) by eight wickets
An under-strength Central team was no match for West on Saturday as the Robins cruised to an eight wicket win at the Alma Oval.
West won the toss and sent the Magpies in and found success early as Stephen Chestnut, in an unusual batting position, was caught behind for a golden duck in this first over of the day.
Tristen Smith was his usual busy self as he made 11 from 14 balls before he fell to West captain Peter Christos. Damon Pettitt was next to go after looking solid in his 15 from 36 balls that included a well-struck six over long on.
The Robins then took the vital wicket of Jarred Paull for nine and were well in control with the Magpies struggling at 4-35 and their best batsmen back in the sheds.
The rest of Central’s innings was a struggle as they battled hard to get through their 20 overs but scoring was nearly non-existent until Luke Neal (11) provided some late order hitting.
They finished on seven for 63 after their 20 overs and defending that on a good pitch was always going to be a tough ask even with Central’s excellent bowling line up.
Lachie Harvey and Paull Attard opened the Batting and got West’s chase off to a solid start, adding 22 before Attard was out for 13 in the fourth over. Harvey then put on another 16 runs with number three Max Everuss before he too was out for 12 from 28 balls.
The Robins were never threatened from then on as Everuss (23 not out) and Mackenzie Attard (9 not out) ticked off the remaining runs in the 16th over.
Paull (1-11 off three overs) and David O’Mally (1-9 off three) were Central’s wicket takers. A Grade’s leading wicket-taker Smith struggled with 27 runs coming from his 3.3 overs including two wides and four no balls.
The win keeps West in touch with Central who lead the competition. The Robins will take on South next Saturday while Central will play Friday night against North.