Willetton suffer double blow in Premier Cricket


Willetton at the crease and in the field.
Willetton suffer double blow in Premier Cricket
Willetton at the crease and in the field.

WILLETTON’S finals aspirations were hit with a double blow after back-to-back shock defeats in Premier Cricket over the weekend although they remain inside the top six.

The Premier Cricket season resumed after the two-week Christmas break with back-to-back one-day fixtures on Saturday and Sunday in Round Nine and 10.

The Dragons went down by 78 runs against Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Oval on Saturday, before an upset six-wicket loss to Midland-Guildford at Burrendah Reserve on Sunday.

On Sunday, Midland-Guildford chased down Willetton’s big score of 7-268 with 20 balls to spare.

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Olly Cooley medallist Stewart Walters was the star for the Monkey Towners with 117 from 105 balls to put his side on the verge of victory.

Cameron Bancroft (98) and James Godfrey (122) had combined for a 194-run fourth wicket stand which seemed to put the Dragons in an unbeatable position but it wasn’t the case.

On Saturday, the Dragons missed Kris Elliot and D’Arcy Short with the bat in a poor run chase where they lost 7-50 in pursuit of Bayswater-Morley’s par score of 7-201. Matt Hanna took 4-23 with the ball in the stand-out performance.