Whitney ton can’t stop Dalyellup, Denison

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Centuries from Hay Park captain Jono Whitney and Dalyellup Beach’s Steve Denison were the highlights of the Settlers’ six wicket win at Dalyellup College on Saturday.

Whitney won the toss and elected to bat, but things started horribly for the Redbacks when Punya Bahl was caught by Corey Fagan off the bowling of Rodney Shemeld (4-50 off nine overs).

But soon the momentum changed, as Whitney and Charlie Home (21) shared a 113-run partnership, with the Hay Park captain belting 103 runs from just 60 balls with 12 fours and five sixes.

Zane Verhaaf (1-9 off five overs) got the breakthrough when he sent Home back to the sheds.

Dalyellup began to fight back with the ball with Shemeld bowling Kris Miller (4), before getting the big wicket of Whitney.

Fagan (2-31 off seven overs) caught Martyn Foster (20) off his own bowling, leaving Hay Park at 5-165. Promising quick Liam Renton (2-57 off 10 overs) got the wickets of Tom Scott (17) and James Harradine (5), but Hay Park’s tail wagged to drag them to 211 off 40.1 overs.

Hay Park quick Jack Charters (2-36 off 10 overs) gave his side the perfect start in the field when he bowled Tim Cooper (1) in his first over. Charlie Home (2-31 off nine overs) bowled Fagan (1) before Charters struck a second time, getting the key wicket of Shemeld for just one run.

This left Dalyellup Beach reeling at 3-11.

But a 148-run stand between Denison (109) and Dillen Watson (56) settled the innings, before Watson was run out.

Mitchell Boyle (2) was trapped lbw by Hayden Jones (1-39 off 8.1 overs) before Denison fell for a well compiled century when Home claimed his second wicket.

But the damage had been done, with Renton (22 not out) and Ryan Smoker (4 not out) getting Dalyellup Beach past the total in the 42nd over.

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