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Green Caps continue strong start to season

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Despite the loss, Eaton’s Jacob Wintle was one of his side’s most economical bowlers on Saturday.
Camera IconDespite the loss, Eaton’s Jacob Wintle was one of his side’s most economical bowlers on Saturday. Credit: Justin Fris

Leschenault continued its impressive start to the 2019-20 Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association season with a 41-run victory over the Eaton Beavers at the Eaton Sports Ground on Saturday.

Chasing 192, the home side was tamed by Matthew Bowles (4-31 off eight overs) and fell well short of the required tally.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Green Caps started steadily, despite losing Justin Woods cheaply.

Following a less-than-ideal start to the campaign, Beavers skipper Clint Hewson turned to Jacob Wintle in order to create some magic.

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Heeding his skipper’s words, Wintle (0-15 off six overs) produced some quality pressure bowling to help turn momentum briefly in his side’s favour.

After playing himself in, Kurt D’Agostino was undone by a peach of a delivery from Jamie Martin, before Matt Fink departed shortly after.

At 3-22, the Green Caps needed a lift and they got one from reliable batsman Tom Buchanan, who began to regain control in the middle.

Together with Matt Buchanan (45 off 70 balls) and an unbeaten knock of 73 from Brody D’Agostino, the visitors pushed hard in their quest of posting a competitive total.

Placed delicately on 6-156 in the 40th over, the Green Caps dispatched the Beavers’ bowling attack with contempt in the final five overs, adding 35 runs and setting the reigning grand finalists a tough total.

Aware they needed an early breakthrough, in-form bowler Jacob Templeton removed Stuart Clark early, before the home side managed to break the shackles through Johnathon Miller, who managed to hit a few boundaries to give the home supporters confidence.

However, after Miller was run out for 33, only Hewson (48 off 41 balls) showed any resistance against the fired-up Green Caps’ bowling attack, as Bowles single handily ripped them apart for the remainder of the innings.

The Green Caps host Colts on Saturday at home, while the Beavers have a bye.

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