Green Caps win over Hay Park

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Leschenault opener Matt Fink plays a clever shot during Saturday’s win over the Redbacks at Hay Park.
Camera IconLeschenault opener Matt Fink plays a clever shot during Saturday’s win over the Redbacks at Hay Park. Credit: Justin Fris

Leschenault recorded a 62-run away victory over Hay Park on Saturday, with Jacob Templeton the star of the show.

Templeton, who took 5-21 off a blistering seven overs, decimated the Redbacks’ hopes of victory with disciplined bowling, much to the delight of the Green Caps faithful.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors started brightly, with openers Matt Fink and Kurt D’Agostino casting calm figures at the crease as they put on a 62-run opening stand.

Sensing they needed a change to snap momentum, Redbacks skipper Jono Whitney turned to spinner Shaun Bulman and Michael James in order to get things moving for his side.

Once James removed D’Agostino for an enterprising 29 off 55 balls, Fink joined him an over later and the Redbacks appeared to be right back in the game.

However a steadying hand from Tom Buchanan (49 not out off 57 balls) ensured the Green Caps had a credible target of 158 to defend.

In reply, the home side lost Steven Florance early, with Templeton signalling his intent from the beginning of his spell.

Hay Park skipper Jono Whitney joined opener John Richardson out in the middle, with both men attempting to get their side back in it.

At 1-43, Richardson was caught by Steven Denison for 18, with the wicket a major setback for the hosts, as Richardson had been helping rotate the strike for his skipper.

Whitney battled on for several overs, before his dismissal triggered a forgettable collapse for the Redbacks.

In the blink of an eye, the home side lost 5-5, which all but ended their hopes of recording victory.

The Green Caps travel to an out-of-sorts Eaton on Saturday, while the Redbacks will face reigning premiers Colts at the Bunbury Recreation Ground.

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