Harvey-Benger still in the hunt

Haydn JonesHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Hamish Minton looks to hit a Hay Park leg spinner through mid wicket.
Camera IconHamish Minton looks to hit a Hay Park leg spinner through mid wicket.

Harvey-Benger Cricket Club’s second grade side is just out of the top four after a 43-run win over Hay Park Cricket Club at the weekend.

Harvey-Benger captain Scott Fowler lost the toss and Hay Park elected to send Harvey-Benger in on a good looking wicket at Hay Park’s home ground.

Hay Park were hoping for quick inroads into Harvey-Benger’s batting line-up but were not able to take advantage of early moisture and opportunities created.

Harvey-Benger openers Haydn Jones and Anton Fimmano continued their good form reaching the 24th over without loss before Jones (52) edged one to the keeper, leaving Harvey-Benger 1 for 92.

Fimmano’s watchful innings ended on 39 when he tried to hit a ball over the infield.

The loss of Fimmano’s wicket created a middle order collapse in which Harvey-Benger lost 4 for 20 over a 10-over period.

With 11 overs remaining for the innings, Harvey-Benger was struggling at 5 for 132.

However, Aaron Jovanovic (29) and Zak Italiano (19) regained some momentum for the away team helping Harvey-Benger to 8 for 188 off 50 overs.

Needing less than four runs per over, Hay Park started their innings well before inform bowler Tyson Italiano struck, removing Hay Park’s opener James Harradine for 16.

Alex Verrall (2 for 16) and Zak Italiano (2 for 39) bowled tight lines and reduced Hay Park to 5 for 77 just before the drinks break.

A 33-run partnership between veterans Phillip Ghasseb and Luke Dupreez shifted the momentum back in Hay Park’s favour before Tyson Italiano bowled Dupreez for 12.

With Ghasseb being limited to only singles and the run rate increasing every over, he tried to hit the ball over the infield but was caught by Verrall at mid on for 25.

Francois Roelofsz then cleaned up the tail taking the final four wickets of the match as Hay Park lost 4 for 14, ending their innings all out for 145.

Harvey-Benger second grade face top-of-the-table Donnybrook in Harvey this weekend.

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