Twenty20 upsets finish cricket year

George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Eaton’s James Hillery appeals to the umpire to give Colts skipper Cruize Ciallella out leg before in their clash on Sunday.
Camera IconEaton’s James Hillery appeals to the umpire to give Colts skipper Cruize Ciallella out leg before in their clash on Sunday.

True to form the Bunbury and District Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition put up an exciting second week of matches which was sprinkled with surprises.

Colts and Eaton have fought neck-and-neck in the one day competition and after a strong start Colts were expected to book a place in the grand final on February 4.

Eaton’s Jamie Martin throws one in from the boundary.
Camera IconEaton’s Jamie Martin throws one in from the boundary. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

But there was a hiccup for Colts in the second round on Saturday when Leschenault caused a major upset and knocked off the favourites thanks to a brilliant undefeated 94 by opener Rod Shemeld who helped the Green Caps chase down Colts’ small total of 8/112 to win comfortably with five overs to spare.

Marist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.
Camera IconMarist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.
Marist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.
Camera IconMarist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.
Colts’ Murray Goodwin plays one through the onside.
Camera IconColts’ Murray Goodwin plays one through the onside.

Harvey-Benger finished the competition win-less after coming up from Second Grade, struggling to post competitive scores, but bowling well.

Marist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.
Camera IconMarist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.

After their big first weekend, Colts consolidated their position with a win over Dalyellup Beach, thanks to coach Murray Goodwin who slammed 70 not out and skipper Cruize Ciallella, who put on 38.

Dalyellup Beach shocked the competition, winning two of their games four at the weekend to enter the finals.

Marist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.
Camera IconMarist’s Matt Anderson cuts through point.

After starting with a loss to Eaton on Saturday at Roche Park when the Settlers were bowled out for 87 in their pursuit of 156, the underdogs went on to defeat Collie, and knocked off Leschenault on the Sunday. Marist were defeated by Hay Park on Saturday afternoon after easily accounting for Harvey-Benger by 10 wickets.

The Blues managed to defeat Eaton in an impressive bowling performance, with Corey Fitt taking three wickets for just 12 runs.

But a loss to Leschenault all but ended their campaign.

It is now a short rest for the festive season before the next round of the one day competition is played on January 7 before the break for Senior Country Week Championships.

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