Minor premiers in round’s biggest win

George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Marist celebrated heartily on Saturday following some superb bowling from Ben Shipley.
Camera IconMarist celebrated heartily on Saturday following some superb bowling from Ben Shipley. Credit: Justin Fris

The biggest win of the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association action on Saturday was inevitably recorded by the league leading Eaton Beavers, who trounced Dalyellup Beach by eight wickets on their home turf.

After being sent into bat by the hosts, the visitors lost their first four batsmen for just 16 runs – courtesy of Eaton Beavers president Steve Barron (4-36), who was backed up superbly by skipper Clint Hewson (2-38), James Hillery and Clayton Caltsounis.

Once Caltsounis claimed the prized wicket of Justin Woods, Beavers duo Dylan Edwards and Corey Fitt cleared up the scattered remains of the Beach Boys.

Corey Fagan offered some resistance amid the slide, top scoring with 33. Aside from some brave starts from a handful of tailenders, the Beach Boys struggled and were bundled over for 108.

Chasing 109 for victory, only Corey Fitt (26) and Caltsounis (4) fell to the Beach Boys’ bowling attack.

Classy batsman Chris Marrow was in the thick of the action, notching up a fine 50 off 59 balls, which included seven boundaries.

The victory means the Beavers have wrapped up the minor premiership.

Blues seam bowler Ben Shipley was also the toast of his Marist teammates on Saturday night after lifting the Forrest Park-based club off the bottom of the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association points table.

After dismissing the Redbacks for 144, the Blues rolled to a tidy six-wicket win.

Brought on during the fourth change by astute skipper Reece O’Connell to diffuse a threatening rescue act between Hay Park opener Michael Tassone and skipper Jono Whitney, Shipley got to work instantly.

Buoyed by their bowler’s impressive effort, Blues openers Brayden Clarke and Saddy Afridi steered the beleaguered Blues to victory.

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