ROUND 10 of the Esperance Toyota Shield saw Coastal Warriors take on Ports at Gibson, while top of the ladder clash Newtown versus Esperance at the Esperance Cricket Ground was a doozie.
Winning the toss and batting first Ports were all out for 149 in the 49th over with Coastal Warriors captain Jeremy Curry claiming 5 for 25 of his 10 overs.
Offspinner Fraser O'Brien also claimed 2 for 37 from his 10 overs.
Coastals innings got of to a shaky start having lost their first two wicket for just 13 runs, but it was captain Jeremy Curry (35) and Adam Edwards (75no) producing a 86-run third wicket stand that put Coastals back into the drivers seat.
Fraser O'Brien (11) and J. Burch (14 no) combined with Edwards in two mini partnership's to have Coastals see out the match in the 38th over.
Ports’ captain Thomas Edwards claimed two wickets.
Esperance versus Newtown at the Esperance Cricket Ground was a absolute cracker.
With Newtown batting first after winning the toss they were in early trouble losing the wicket of Lister in the fourth over with the score at 18.
Reece Griffiths (70) and Scott McArthur (16) then combined for a 64-run second wicket partnership.
Esperance bowlers counter attacked taking two more quick wickets to have Newtown 4 for 117 in the 22nd over.
Enter Newtown captain Daniel Styles (124 no); the skill and grace of the multi talented Styles totally dominated from here.
A couple of mini partnership's first with Zack Liddelow (13) and then Christopher Perks (14) was enough for Styles to see out the 50 overs and Newtown with a comfortable 9 for 273.
For Esperance Irvin, White, Bracken and Parkanyi all claimed two wickets apiece.
Esperance in return got off to a disastrous start losing Irvin (0) and Parkanyi (9) in the first seven overs leaving the scoreline at 2 for 26.
Wicket keeper Thomas Callow (52) and the very talented Brendon White (121) came together and completely changed the outlook of the match with a 151 third wicket stand; Esperance 3 for 177 needing only 97 runs from 17 overs became a right possibility.
Newtown struck back taking White's wicket in the 44th over and then Maxy Bracken (18) shortly after leaving Esperance five overs to chase down 42 for victory.
Unfortunately Esperance fell 26 runs short finishing out their 50 overs on 9 for 247.
For Newtown none bowled any better than Reece Griffiths (4/33).
Zack Liddelow (2/39) and Graham Shawcross (2/50) were the other multiple wicket takers.
The Landmark Shield saw two matches played on Saturday with Newtown easily defeating Coastal Warriors at Newtown Oval and Ports with a comfortable win over Cascade at Ports.
Sunday was a round three catch up match with Cascade claiming their first win of the season over Esperance at the Esperance Cricket Ground.
Newtown batted first and made 9 for 298 thanks mainly to the efforts of one batsman, run machine Paul Pelham knocking up a superb 200 not out.
Coastals Brendan Weckert (5/32) took bowling honours.
In reply Coastals were bowled out for 139.
Again it was Ducky Weckert (39) and Bull Tyrrell (68no) who toiled for the visitors. Fraser Hyatt, Greg Smith and Stephen Butler all claimed two wickets apiece.
Cascade travelled to Ports oval and batted first making 146 of 40 overs with captain Nigel Bingham (74) leading the way.
For Ports it was Laurie Fyfe (3/24) who took the bowling honours.
Ports’ innings in return easily chased down the required score in 24 overs, only losing four wickets.
Again it was the partnership of Steven Hill (51no) and Ian Richardson (35) who dominated the innings.
For Cascade it was George Carmody (2/21) who was the only multiple wicket tacker.
Sunday saw Cascade travel to the Esperance Cricket Ground for their third round catch up match against Esperance.
Batting first Esperance made 9 for 211 with Andy Campbell (55), Greg Symes (47) and Matty ‘Fingers’ Thornton (25).
For Cascade it was the youngster Harry Stead (4/40) who claimed bowling honours.
In reply, Esperance lacking bowling depth just had no luck in the field with Cascade chasing down the required runs in 41 overs only losing two wickets; C. Baker (72no) and Nigel Bingham (55) with their 100-run second wicket partnership.
For Esperance Greg Symes and Andy Campbell took one wicket each.