Cricket: Makarov century steers Blues to win

Cricket: Makarov century steers Blues to win

RYAN Makarov continued his stellar season with the bat, belting a century to help the SJ Blues second-grade side to a convincing win over Willetton Crows.

On a stifling hot afternoon at Briggs Park, the visitors batted first and were all out for 191.

Spinner Kevin Francis again impressed with 3/28 and Jarrod Hidding took 3/44.

Quick runs were needed to cement a place in the one-day final and runs came thick and fast.

The SJ openers amassed 194 for the opening wicket before Dean Fulford fell for 93 and soon after, Makarov for 105.

SJ finished with the very healthy 3/302 with not-out batsmen Brad Chalmers (40) and Jeremy Easthope (36).

The win should see SJ into the one-day final on February 12.

The other centurion of the day was first-grade skipper Mark Paterson who scored his maiden century after 17 seasons with the club.

Batting first against Piara Waters, Paterson and 14-year-old Clayton Stone came together with the score at 3/30.

Together, the pair added 175 for the fourth wicket when Stone was out for a very well-compiled 55.

Paterson (100no) went on to notch up his hundred with SJ finishing on 4/214.

An impressive opening spell by youngsters Ben Streener (3/28) and Stone (2/21) took the sting out of Piara Waters, who were bundled out for 115. Junior Brodie Gordon marked his senior debut by taking 1/27.

SJ 1C took on unbeaten Phoenix and fell short by 44 runs.

Phoenix made 9/188 with youngster Riley Maring again impressing with the ball, taking 4/39.