JOONDALUP stunned Bayswater Morley with a brilliant bowling performance, bowling the Bears out for 91 to secure an eight-wicket win in Premier Cricket on Saturday at Hillcrest Park.
The decision to bowl by Joondalup turned out to be something of a masterstroke, as the Centurions’ bowlers came out breathing fire.
Connor Chadwick and Joe Inglis blasted their way through the Bears’ opening line up, combining to take the first five wickets for just 17 runs.
Lane Berry and Ross Loiacono attempted to reconstruct the innings with a fighting 35-run partnership, but Clinton Hinchliffe inserted himself into the match with a brilliant run out, inflicting more pain on the Bears at 6-52.
Berry tried his best for the Bears, but partners came and went with ease as Chadwick continued his dominance with the ball.
Berry was eventually dismissed for 38 as the Bears were bowled out for a disappointing 91 in the 29th over.
Chadwick was tremendous with the ball in hand, taking 5-32 from just eight overs. The Centurions barely raised a sweat when chasing down the Bears’ total. Clinton Hinchliffe and Jaron Morgan combined for a sensational 64-run third-wicket partnership to chase down the total after just 12 overs.
Morgan ended the day unbeaten with a quickfire 49 from 19 balls, which included six fours and two sixes.
n MIDLAND Guildford broke through for its first win of season 2018-19, producing a brilliant all-round performance to defeat Gosnells by three wickets at Sutherlands Park on Saturday.
After being sent in to bat, Gosnells struggled its way to 6-31 as the Black Swans’ bowlers initiated a horrendous batting collapse.
Keaton Critchell was simply superb with the ball early, taking four of the first six wickets.
However, Luke McNamee and Liam Duffield managed to settle in to the match, defending their way to a hard-fought 81-run partnership to give Gosnells a defendable total.
At 6-112, Midland-Guildford finally broke up the partnership, with Thomas Gosling removing McNamee for 41 with a brilliant delivery.
Duffield and Jeremy McFarlane then fell in quick succession, leaving Gosnells reeling on 9-119.
Some late innings big hitting from Chris Prescott and debutant Blake McGann saw the score boosted to 149 as the visitors wrapped up the tail.
With a small target to chase down, Midland-Guildford’s run chase got off to a terrible start, falling shockingly to 3-8.
However, James Kirwan managed to dodge the blistering barrage from the Gosnells bowlers to score a hard-fought 39-run partnership with Austin Thomas.
The loss of Thomas did nothing to slow Kirwan down as he dug deep to anchor the innings for Midland-Guildford.
At 6-91 and sensing the Black Swans could potentially snatch their first win of the season, Kirwan teamed up with youngster Hudson Knight, boosting the total to 123 with a hard-earned 32-run partnership.
With Knight falling at 7-123 and the game on the line, Kirwan and Shaun Cohen kept a cool head under pressure to guide the Black Swans to their first victory of the season, chasing down the target with just under four overs to spare.