Cricket: mixed start to preseason for Kwinana

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PRESEASON is well and truly underway, with Kwinana playing its first scratch matches against Shoalwater on Sunday, September 17.

Two games were played, the first featuring a side made up of two-day players who played a 40-over-per-side game and the other made up of one-day players who played a 35-over-per-side game.

Kwinana’s two-day grade side won a closely fought match.

Batting first, Kwinana made 6-192, with Josh Atkinson retiring on 62 to be the leading run-scorer.

Tight bowling saw Shoalwater fall short on 155 all out, with Dan Bell picking up three wickets.

Kwinana’s one-day team batted first and were bowled out for 147.

Dave Abbot top-scored with 32.

Kwinana bowled valiantly, but was unable to prevent Shoalwater reaching the target, eventually bowled out for 164.

Unfortunately, the annual Fiona Harris Memorial Match was washed out by rain, but a good turnout made it a great social event.

The two-day grades were officially announced this week.

Kwinana will once again feature in second grade. They will be looking to improve, with plenty of new players and new captain Joshua Atkinson.

The second two-day side will be playing fifth grade this year, dropping one grade.

The team will be looking to some young players to help move up the ranks back into fourths, under the guidance of new captain Marcus Draper.

The one-day grades will be announced soon.

In other club news, Kwinana has welcomed new senior coach Steve Nichols, who has moved from Armadale, bringing plenty of cricket experience, knowledge, and discipline.

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