BOOKAAR continued its winning run of form with two more victories in the latest round of South West Cricket’s top grade.
The Pelicans defeated Mortlake and Heytesbury Rebels in their two matches at Camperdown Showgrounds to keep their undefeated start to the Twenty20 competition intact.
“It was an excellent result,” skipper Simon Baker said.
“I was expecting a very tough day on Saturday, but our bowlers did a good job to keep them to low totals to chase down and then our batters did the job.”
Against Mortlake, the Pelicans dismissed the visitors for 149, before chasing down the runs in the 19th over with eight wickets in hand.
Fraser Lucas (3/26), Shaun Moloney (3/27) and Deiter McDonald (3/34) shared the wickets, while Rohan Symes (71 not out) and Eddie Lucas (37) made the majority of the runs.
In the next game, Bookaar made a prominent start with the ball, restricting the Rebels to 9/107 from their 20 overs, which they chased down with four overs to spare.
Moloney (3/15) and McDonald (2/11) again did the damage with the ball, while Fraser Lucas (31 not out), Eddie Lucas (20), Josh O’Dowd (19 not out), Symes (17) and Tim Fitzgerald (13) made the runs.
Those individual performances across both games pleased Baker, who said a “team effort” was the catalyst for their victories.
“In the first game it was a team effort, everyone sort of did their job,” he said.
“And in the second game, everyone got a few wickets and the openers (Symes and Eddie Lucas) got us off to a good start.
“The two batters (openers) even did well in the first game.
“They got us off to a good start and didn’t throw away their wickets which made it easier for the guys coming in (down the order).”
The Pelicans will now play Cobden in their final match for 2018, with that game to be the Pelicans’ sole outing for the weekend.
Baker is keen for his side to continue their consistent form and wants “another good win” to complete the first half of the season.
“We haven’t lost a Twenty20 match yet which is a bit different for us because we normally don’t go too well in the Twenty20s,” he said.
“I want another good win to keep the good feeling around the club heading into the Christmas break.”
Meanwhile, Pomborneit also remains undefeated in the Twenty20 competition after Brad Hillman inspired the Bulls en route to a comfortable win against Camperdown.
Hillman snared figures of 6/15, with all six wickets either bowled or leg before wicket, as the Bulls restricted the Lakers to 9/97 from their 20 overs.
Steven Fisher (24) and Jye McLaughlin (23) were Camperdown’s best batsmen, while Clinton Place (2/21) also chipped in with two wickets.
Dave Murphy (48) and Grant Place (19) then wasted little time in ensuring Pomborneit reached the target quickly, with the game wrapped up in the 10th over.
McLaughlin (1/14), Simon Richardson (1/24) and Jordan Riches (1/39) took wickets for the Lakers.
The Bulls now have matches against Noorat and Heytesbury Rebels at Noorat this weekend, while Camperdown plays Terang and Mortlake at D.C. Farran Oval.
And in division three results, Bookaar and Camperdown both recorded comfortable wins while Pomborneit was defeated.
The Pelicans recorded a 10 wicket victory over Noorat, needing just nine overs to chase down the Steamrollers’ score of 79.
Stephen Fitzgerald (53 not out) and Taj Merrett (23 not out) did the run scoring, while Zach Sinnott (4/13) was the pick of the bowlers.
The Lakers cruised to a nine wicket win after they chased down Terang’s score of 87 in 22 overs.
Shane Cronin (3/30 and 23 not out) produced a good all round performance for Camperdown while Shane Wilson (4/14) and Daniel Buck (48 not out) were also prominent in the victory.
The Bulls were bowled out for 146 chasing Simpson’s 9/174, but in an interesting side note, players had to deal with the removal of a ‘12th man’.
Play was stopped for some time during the Bulls’ innings to remove a tiger snake from the field after it was spotted lurking at extra cover by Bulls’ batsman Wes Lenehan.
Once removed, play continued with the break failing to derail Lenehan’s innings, as the opener made 78 for his side.
Matthew Richardson (21) was the only other player to reach double figures and Daniel Missen (3/31) was the Bulls’ best bowler.
In upcoming matches this weekend, Pomborneit hosts Mortlake, Bookaar welcomes Terang and Camperdown meets Simpson at S.A. Wright Oval.