Marist get season under way with a big win
Marist backed up their impressive morning with a crushing nine-wicket win over Leschenault at Forrest Park East on Saturday afternoon.
Classy left-hand opener Justin Woods, son of WA Country legend Brian, posted a 43-ball 41 in a solid opening stand with Kurt D’Agostino, which looked to put the Green Caps in a solid position.
However, their success against the Blues was short-lived, with Woods left to fight a lone battle against the accuracy of seamer Ben Shipley (3-20) and the darting leg-spinner Brayden Clark (3-11), who blazed through the Green Caps batting card like a forest fire.
Desperate to post a somewhat competitive total, tail-enders Jacob Templeton and Nick Webb put on a late stand of 22 runs, which ensured the Green Caps limped to 8/84.
Chasing 85 for victory, Blues batsman Corey Fagan (40) and Blaze Rosinski (36) helped get the home side victory in the 14th over after losing Braden Clarke cheaply. At the Eaton Sports Ground, revenge was sweet for the Beavers, who defeated reigning premiers Colts Cricket Club by 26 runs.
Leading the charge for the home side was first “new drop” Jamie Martin, who smashed afantastic 47 off 28 balls, which included five boundaries and three sixes.
Teaming up with experienced batsman Clayton Caltsounis, the pair put on 55 before Martin was smartly stumped by new Colts recruit Paul Jones.
Set 150 for victory, the visitors made a solid start in their run chase, with skipper Cruize Ciallella, Joe Barningham and Paul Jones among those who got away to solid starts.
However, the middle order faltered against the unerring accuracy of seamer Liam Renton (3-15) and Martin (3-31), who restricted the reigning premiers to 8-123 off 20 overs.
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