Batting collapses bring Kwinana Cricket Club’s season to an end

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STUNNING batting collapses from all three grades brought Kwinana Cricket Club’s finals run and season to an early end in the semi-finals over the weekend.

Second grade started well with the ball against Maddington at Harmony Fields in their two-day semi thanks to MVP Andrew Gibbs claiming 5-22, restricting the batting total to 129.

The batting started poorly with the top four batsmen removed for a total of 22. The middle order couldn’t recover and despite the best efforts of Thomas Moore (41n.o) Kwinana were bowled out for 91, recording a 38-run loss to end the season.

Fifth Grade travelled to Cockburn in the two-day semi-final. Kwinana bowled first keeping it tight and they were well on top at tea on day one having Cockburn 6-110.

However, the bowlers couldn’t maintain the high standards and let the tail get away from them. Cockburn ended up making 172 with Shaun Wilson taking 4-22.

Kwinana came into the second day with plenty to do. They lost two wickets before they troubled the scorers and things only got worse from there.

Luke Ward (37) and Bartholomew Pratt (20) batted well but it wasn’t enough with Kwinana bowled out for 84.

One-day Cs batted first in their semi-final against top placed Willetton. They started with a good partnership thanks to opener Dave Abbott’s 24 before a middle order collapse of 6-4 crippled the batting effort and meant they were bowled out for 86.

Willetton chased down the total with ease.

Despite the early exit, the 2017-18 season was a vast improvement on last season.