Esperance Cricket Association
by Wayne Martin
Round twelve of the Esperance Toyota Shield saw T20 games being played at Gibson Oval with Coastal Warriors taking on Esperance and Ports taking on ladder leaders Newtown.
Winning the toss and batting first Coastal Warriors posted a impressive 5/184 in their alloted 20 over innings.
Steady performers throughout the innings were Gary Walter (13) Jon-Paul Adams (11) and Fraser O'Brien (22).
But it was the fifth wicket stand of 102 between Benny Staunton (57no) and Troy Edwards (57no) that sealed thie innings for Coastals.
For Esperance Max Bracken (1/44), Cody Green (1/25), Cam Irvin (1/18) and Michael Buffy Bufton (1/18) claimed one scalp apiece.
With such a large T20 score to chase, Esperance was going to find it hard going and although batting out their 20 overs they just couldn't get their run rate up to threaten the Coastal's total of 8/112.
Notable exceptions were opener Cam Irvin (42no) and Mr consistency Tommy Callow (20).
Coastal's Fraser O'Brien (1/6), Jeremy Curry (1/5), Chis Bruhn (1/18), Jeven Tholstrup (1/20) and Aaron Staer (1/21) all claimed a wicket each.
In the second T20 match played at Gibson, Ports had a six-wicket win over Newtown, But I am unable to give further details as no match card had been submitted prior to print.
The Landmark Shield saw Esperancetake on Cascade at the Esperance Cricket Ground while Ports hosted Coastal Warriors at Ports Oval.
Batting first, Esperance got off to a sound start losing their first wicket with the score at 39, but once again the order crumbled losing nine wickets for 49 to be all out for 88 in the 34th over.
Opener Chad Holten (29) tried hard to consolidate as did captain Sydney Jones (12no.
For Cascade it was Richard Sturtridge (4/32) who claimed bowling honours, with Bryce Pickersgill, Thomas Pengilly and Nigel Bingham all claiming two wickets apiece.
In reply Cascade was off to a shaky start losing Mark Walter (7) in the second over.
But with Connor Baker (16no) and man of the match Bryce Pickersgill (32no) they were able to see out the required runs in the 24th over, losing only four wickets in the chase.
Esperance captain Sydney Jones claimed 2/7, and Liam Baines (1/14) and Andy Campbell (1/21) were the only wicket takers.
Batting first after winning the toss, Coastal Warriors found scoring tough against a formidable Ports bowling attack.
The side was bowled out in the 40th over for a total of 82 and it was only captain Ashley Weckert (26) who was able to get into double figures.
For Ports it was the old wiley duo of Laurie Fyfe (3/4) and Douglas Reid (3/14) whom claimed bowling honours.
With solid contibutions from the Ports top order, they were able to see out the required runs in the 26th over and claim an eight-wicket win.
Finn Vooght-Simpson (14), Peter Turner (17), Beau Scanlon (9no) and Lyndon Mickel (37no) all combined well for dominant partnerships.
Coastal Warriors bowlers Ashley Wecket (1/17) and Josh Sullivan (1/26) were the only wicket takers.