Esperance Cricket team missing their mojo

Big hitter: Ports' batsman Ian Richardson with his 164 against Esperance at the Ports Oval on Saturday in the Landmark Shield. Photo: supplied.
Big hitter: Ports' batsman Ian Richardson with his 164 against Esperance at the Ports Oval on Saturday in the Landmark Shield. Photo: supplied.

ROUND 14 of the Esperance Toyota Shield saw Coastal Warriors take on Esperance at the Gibson Oval while Newtown hosted Ports out at Newtown Oval.

Winning the toss and batting first Esperance just couldn't seem to get their mojo happening, with their top three performers of the season all finding themselves sitting back in the sheds with the score at 3-27 in the fifth over.

Mister consistent Tom Callow (16) tried to consolidate, but soon found himself joining his team mates back in the shed.

Greg Hoffich after (50) batting at six tuned in with a well-deserved half century, but after losing his wicket with the score at 126 the tail floundered to be all out for 146 in the 41st over.

Coastal's spinner Fraser O'Brien (4/11) and paceman Christopher Bruhn (3/29) claimed bowling honours.

Coastal's innings, although losing Jon-Paul Adams (16) in the 11th over with the score at 24, didn't seem to really falter as Mark Harris (39), Ash Weckert (22), Callum Crawford (22), Troy Edwards (24no) and Nigel Norwood (11no) all played their roles well to have their side pass the required runs in the 39th over to claim a five-wicket win.

For Esperance it was Cody Green (2/27) claiming bowling honours.

Brendan White and Andy Campbell also claimed a wicket each.

The other match played at Newtown Oval saw minor premiers Newtown claim a comfortable 74-run win over bottom side Ports.

Batting first, Newtown were pushed hard by a determined Ports’ attack who would have been well pleased after bowling Newtown out for 144 in the 42nd over.

Youngsters Scotty McArthur (41) and Jake Vickers (43) were solid performers for their side as their team mates crumbled.

For Ports, Finn Vooght-Simpson (3/6) and the ever youthful Bret Keevil (2/11) bowled well to claim bowling honours.

After turning in a solid bowling performance the Ports’ innings was left wanting.

Although Aiden Tonkin (19) was able to reach double figures the rest of the batting line-up was left wanting as well, being bowled out for 70 in the 23rd over, and allowing Newtown to claim yet another bonus point.

Newtown bowlers all performed well but it was Jason Bancroft (4/18) who claimed the bowling honours.