Rain soaks grounds

Rain, rain, rain was the order of the day in round four of the Esperance Toyota Shield which saw  the Esperance versus Newtown match abandoned while the Ports and Coastal Warriors game at Ports Oval was reduced to a 40 over per innings.

Coastal Warriors bowler Nihian Biswas (5/11) in his 1st Grade match against Ports at Ports Oval

Coastal Warriors bowler Nihian Biswas (5/11) in his 1st Grade match against Ports at Ports Oval

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ports were quickly put on the back foot after losing Matt Spencer (0) in the first over off the bowling off a determined Brett Whitting (1/21).

Fellow opener Christopher Ross (50), in his first game back from holiday, was left with the task of trying to ressurect the Ports innings, trying to put together a partnership with Patrick Jannings (4).

Ports again had a set back when Jannings was run out by Edwards with the score on 23 in the eighth over.

Youngster Finn Vooght-Simpson (15) then combined with Ross to mount a mini fight back, losing his wicket at 3/69 in the 19th over off the slow bowling spinner Fraser O'Brien (2/20).

With 20 overs still to face and wickets in hand, Ross had settled in well and looked to set a competitive score – then enter Coastal Warriors bowler Nihian Biswas (5/11).

Taking the wicket of Ross with the score at 5/94, the young Coastals bowler then set about disassembling the rest of the Ports batting line-up, having them all out for 103 in the 37th over.

With more rain on the horizon, Coastals were hoping for a quick start to their innings sending in the big hitting Brendan Weckert (37) to open, losing the wicket of Mark Harris (4) on 31 and then his own wicket with the score at 51, Wecket had given his captain exactly what he had asked for.

Although Ports fought back with a couple of quick wickets, the likes of Ben Staunton (11), Troy Edwards (20) and Jordon Whiting (9no) were enough to see Coastals to 6/104 and take the match in the 22nd over and claim their first win of the season.

For Ports, Josh Beattie (2/17), Darcy Cruttenden (2/28) and Patrick Jannings (2/30) all claimed two scalps among the bowling honours.

Landmark Shield

The Landmark Shield saw the Newtown and Ports match at Newtown Oval abandoned while Coastal Warriors hosted Esperance at the Gibson Oval in a rain-soaked match.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Esperance were finding the going tough, losing their first three wickets for just nine runs on the board as youngster Liam Baines (12) tried to keep it together.

Campbell McKenzie (28) and Rhys Bald (10) rallied hard through the middle order, but it was not enough as Coastals bowled Esperance all out in the 26th over for a total of 96 runs.

Matthew Horley (3/16), Ashley Weckert (2/15) and John Forrest (2/21) all claimed bowling honours.

With the rain on and off, Coastals innings was reduced to 37 overs but this didn't seem to faze their batsmen as David Morris (7) and John Forrest set about setting up a 34-run opening partnership.

Although Esperance rallied to have Coastals 5/67, it was the failure in taking the wicket of Matthew Horley (29no) that cost the team the match,

Horley eventually accumulated the winning runs in the 32nd over.

Paul Marion (2/25), in his last match, and Andy Campbell (2/27) took bowling honours for Esperance while a possible game changer for the team, with the new bowling restrictions applied, that only allowed youngster Liam Baines (0/11) to bowl only four overs.