Esperance cricket's one-run nail-biter

Round nine of the Esperance Toyota Shield saw Newtown take on Coastal Warriors at home whilst Esperance had a 1 run win in a thriller against Ports at the Ports Oval.

Winning the toss and batting first Newtown's innings got of to a great start losing their first wicket at 41, Scott McArthur (14), bringing to the crease Clancy Wheeler (86 no) for his first match back at his old club in some time.

Building a 65 run partnership with Nigel Lister (38) for the second wicket, Wheeler set himself as the mainstay for the Newtown Innings, partnership's with Brayden Barker (18), Daniel Styles (19) and Reece Griffiths (29) setting up a healthy 5/227 from their 50 overs.

Coastals Brendan Weckert (2/30) being the only multiple wicket taker.

Allthough the Coastal Warriors innings remained at a constant pace, the steady fall of wickets made it tough for the Coastals side to make a impact on the Newtown score eventually being all out in the 44th over for 152 losing by 75 runs.

Jordan Whiting (43), Adam Edwards (25), Troy Edwards (17) and Ben Staunton (16) being the only Coastals players to reach double figures, Newtown captain Daniel Styles (3/37), Graham Shawcross (2/10) and Jacob Vickers (2/25) taking bowling honours.

In what was to be the match of the round, Esperance won the toss and chose to bat first at the Ports oval, being bowled out for 154 in 43 overs the Esperance innings was defined by one player, Brendon White’s superb knock of 92, Cam Irvin (15) was the only other Esperance player to make double figures.

Ports Shaun Ashman (3/37), Joash Johnson (2/13), Nigel Johnson (2/18) and Thomas Edwards (2/22) claimed bowling Honours.

Having 50 overs and 155 runs to make for victory, Ports set about their innings with openers Christopher Ross (40) and Andy McFarlane (12) getting off to a great start, with the loss of McFarlane at 26 the mainstay of the innings was to be built around Ross who battled hard till losing his own wicket at 5 for 74, even though the middle order all failed it was the tail end that wagged.

Joash Johnson (11), Shaun Ashman (21) and Nigel Johnson (22 no) all battled hard to bring Ports only needing 2 runs for victory in the 48th over and one wicket in hand, with the main bowling attack all having bowled their overs captain Parkanyi turned to Cam Irvin (2/17) with Irvin paying off, with three overs to go and two runs to win Ports number eleven Josh Beattie (3) played a bottom edge onto his stump and handed victory to Esperance by one run.

Esperance captain Nick Parkanyi (2/14), Cam Irvin (2/17) and Brendon White (2/33) claimed bowling honours.

Round ten of the Landmark shield saw Esperance host Ports whilst Newtown travelled the road out to Cascade.

Playing at the Esperance Cricket Ground, Esperance chose to bat first after they had won the toss, in what was to be a topsy turvy innings the Esperance batsman were all over the place, veteran all-rounder Trevor Ayers (76) was the dominate stand out for the dogs whilst Chris Hubble (25) played a solid contribution batting at seven.

Opener Shane Manser (13) the only other player to make double figures with Esperance all out for 153 in the 42nd over.

For Ports it was Ian Richardson (3/14) who took bowling honours whilst the ever essence Douglas Ried (2/20) and the flying scotsman Stephen Reid (2/28) rounded out the best of the rest.

Things were always going to be tough for Esperance as they went into the match very light on for bowlers as the final result showed as Ports were able to see out the match in the 22nd over without losing a wicket and claiming the bonus point, Ian Richardson (86 no) and Steven Hill (62no) totally dominated with a 160no winning partnership.

Newtown playing Cascade at Cascade chose to bat first after winning the toss and found themselves shaking at three for 51 but with the abundance of talent within the Newtown order the run making machines rallied to post a very healthy tally of seven for 238 off their 45 overs.

Captain Stephen Butler (87), Paul Pelham (35) and younster Fraser Hyatt (27 no) dominated the partnership's, for Cascade it was Brodie Wickstein (3/66) and Stephen Bingham (2/17) that claimed bowling honours.

Allready handicaped by playing short Cascades chase was always going to be a challenge, if not for Brendan Gilmore (21) the score line would have been much worse with Cascade being bowled out for 60 in the 24th over.

Newtowns Joseph Bezuidenhout (3/12) and John Vblock Hyatt (2/1) dominated the bowling honours.