Harvey-Leschenault rally to three class wins

Zach RelphHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Solid opener Ben Parker negotiates the new ball against Great Southern on day two on his way to 58.
Camera IconSolid opener Ben Parker negotiates the new ball against Great Southern on day two on his way to 58.

Harvey-Leschenault defied expectation at last week’s Country Cricket Championships in Perth, claiming three wins against association strength sides.

The outfit, consisting of Harvey-Benger and Leschenault players, emerged as the tournament’s surprise packets after defeating Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Great Southern and Eastern Goldfields.

The team was without a number of unavailable key players – including Leschenault’s leading batsman Tom Buchanan – and were scrambling to field a side leading into the competition.

Harvey-Leschenault's Kurt D'Agostino was among the side's consistent performers.
Camera IconHarvey-Leschenault's Kurt D'Agostino was among the side's consistent performers.

However, the stifled preparation was barely evident throughout Harvey-Leschenault’s five game campaign as the team competed with – and defeated – association compiled XIs.

Harvey-Leschenault outclassed Kalgoorlie-Boulder Cricket Association on day one, following a blistering 89 from Haydn Jones and James Letchford’s dynamic five-wicket haul.

Kurt D’Agostino ensured the team continued its good form on day two against Great Southern Cricket Association with a dominant half-century and five-wicket display.

Haydn Jones smashed 116 runs during the championship.
Camera IconHaydn Jones smashed 116 runs during the championship.

On day three, Albany Cricket Cricket Association inflicted Harvey-Leschenault’s first defeat after the side was unable to reach its 272 run target.

Opener Vincent Poller top-scored with a gritty 39, before the Albany skittled Harvey-Leschenault for 166 in the 51st over.

Harvey-Leschenault speedster Cameron Sloan fired on day four, tearing through the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association batting order.

Sloan claimed career-best figures of 5-37, which included two tidy stumpings from keeper Nathan Douch, to restrict Upper Great Southern to 207 at the compulsory-close.

Despite Sloan’s heroics, Harvey-Leschenault crumbled and were dismissed for 89.

David Newman offered resistance and top-scored with an exuberant 29 from 22 deliveries, after coming out of retirement for his first first-grade match since 2011.

Harvey-Leschenault ended the competition with an unlikely victory against Eastern Goldfields Cricket Association on the final day.

Losing the toss and being sent into bat, Goldfields’ Josh Harper (5-55) and left-arm tearaway Alex Devitt (2-18) caused headaches for the Harvey-Leschenault batsmen – dismissing the line-up for 141.

Poller made a patient 61 and Newman belted a quick-fire 39.

With less than 150 to defend, Harvey-Leschenault skittled Eastern Goldfields for 128 to end the championships with a defiant victory.

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