A GREAT team effort in support of a determined 91 from recent recruit Tim Armstrong saw Midland-Guildford cruise to victory over Subiaco-Floreat on the second day of their round-five district cricket clash on Saturday.
Set a highly competitive 256 to win, Midland had a solid opening partnership of 39 between Tim Hutchinson and night watchman from the previous week, Tony Joseph.
Hutchinson was the first to go for 14.
Enter Armstrong, who quickly hit his straps with Joseph. The pair put on another 26 before Joseph was trapped in front for a well-made 32.
Regular opener Phil Adams, batting at number four, put on a 55-run stand with Armstrong before the former was stumped off the bowling of Aaron Lilly for 37.
Armstrong continued unabated, showing patience while still punishing the bad balls. He was strong off the front foot and hit 11 fours and a six in his total of 91 off 186 balls before he finally fell with the total on 239 and victory in sight. He was bowled by Ashley Blake.
Christian Moore (22no) and Burt Cockley (19no.from 25 balls) finished off the job in style to provide Midland with a morale-boosting win.
What was most impressive was the batters reached the total without much assistance from two of their best, Viv Paver and Stewart Walters. Paver was dismissed for 11 while Walters made 10.
The performance, which showed a competitive team is better than a group of individual performances, lifted the club into fourth place on the WACA First-Grade ladder.
With four wins and a loss from five matches ” equal with Perth and Wanneroo ” Midland-Guildford trail only the powerful Joondalup club, which is at the top, unbeaten in four matches.
On Saturday, Midland will start the first day of their two-day clash with Melville at Lilac Hill.