Round three of the Esperance Toyota Cricket Shield saw Newtown flex its muscles over Coastal Warriors at Newtown Oval, while Esperance had a comfortable win over Ports at the Ports Oval.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the undermaned Coastal team were under siege by the Newtown openning bowlers from the start. Fraser O'Brien (0) and captain Jeremy Curry (0) set the tone with Coastals 2/2 after two overs.
Newtown opening bowlers Jacob Vickers (4/10) and Jacob Wagenknecht (2/13) were relentless, demolishing the remaining batsmen in 13.1 overs to have Coastal 24 all out.
Jon-Paul Adams (12) was the only batsman to offer any resistance. With the lose of just one wicket, Newtown’s batsmen chased down the small total in just eight overs, losing only Nigel Lister (11) with the score at 15 of the bowling of Brendan Weckert (1/10) the only Coastal wicket taker.
The match between Ports and Esperance at the Ports Oval proved to be a much closer affair with Esperance claiming the honours in the end by a comfortable five wickets.
Having won the toss and electing to bat first, Ports found themselves on the back foot having lost their first seven wickets for 60 runs after 22 overs, with veteran Brett Keevil (19) trying hard to stop the rot.
Drinks break over, Ports batsman Cody Bingham (35) and Sean Ashman (38) jumped on any loose delivery to combine for a well needed 77-run stand for the eighth wicket, losing Ashman with the score at 137.
Bingham and Reid pushed hard to see their side all out for 142 in the 37th over. Nick Parkanyi (2/23), Paul Marion (2/34) and Cody Green (2/39) all taking bowling honours for the young Esperance side.
Needing 143 for victory and facing a potent Ports attack, the young Esperance side set about their challenge with great vigor, losing Sydney Jones (2) with the score at 18.
The brilliant Sarfraz Niaz (43) then took to plundering the Ports attack to all points of the ground. Having taken the wicket of Niaz with the score at 2/57, Ports responded well to then have Esperance 4/65 in the 15th over, swinging the match potentially back into Ports favor. Batting in the middle order and playing in his first senior season, youngster Matt Harding (29 no) then combined with the brilliance of the young Esperance keeper Thomas Callow (42) for a rock solid 76-run partnership leaving Esperance only two runs for victory,
Max Bracken (6 no) then clubbed the winning runs handing Esperance a five wicket win in the 39th over.
For Ports, captain Thomas Edwards (2/14) was the only multiple wicket taker.
In the Landmark Shield there was only one match played with Ports dominating a undermanned Coastal Warriors at the Multi Sports Ground.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ports Captain Steven Hill (119) totally decimated any and all Coastal bowlers, scoring no less than 18 boundries. Hill combined with Andy MacFarlane (51) for an impressive 180-run stand for the first wicket.
Hill eventually falling to a outstanding flying one-handed catch by Coastal captain Ashley Weckert. Not letting up at any stage the Ports batsmen gave no quarter, ever reliable Peter Turner (49 no), the cheeky Paul Bishop (23), youngster Zaine Smith (8) and Ports stalwart Laurie Fyfe (6 no) pushing the tally to finish at 4/287 after 45 overs. Coastal spinner Daine Bourne (2/40) was the only multiple wicket taker.
With such huge total in their sights Coastal Warriors were never going to die wondering, even with the aided help of the Newtown run machine Paul Pelham (57) and the flamboyant Chris Perks (17), who were permitted over for the day to help with the shortage of players due to the harvest.
Coastal faced a massive task as captain Ashley Weckert (14) combined with Pelham for a 60-run second wicket partnership.
The undermanned Coastals side could not muster enough resistance to threaten Ports’ total, eventually falling for 111 all out.
Youngsters Tait Vooght-Simpson (3/11) and Sebastian Hill (2/13) claimed bowling honours for Ports.