Donnell routs newbies

Narrogin Observer
B-grade newcomers Pingelly-Noonebin were soundly beaten by Cuballing in round one.
Camera IconB-grade newcomers Pingelly-Noonebin were soundly beaten by Cuballing in round one. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

Cuballing skipper Robin Donnell routed B-grade newcomers Pingelly-Noonebin with an incredible spell of bowling in round one of the Upper Great Southern Cricket Association on Saturday.

With Pingelly-Noonebin seemingly on their way to a decent total, Donnell claimed 5-3 from his four overs.

He then backed up with bat in hand, scoring 64 not out from 64 balls to see his side over the line.

It was a harsh welcome to B-grade for Pingelly-Noonebin who have managed to field a second team in 2019-20.

They won the toss and batted first. Michael Hughes was top scorer with a hard-fought 30 runs.

Gary Page, Henry Blechyden and Mark Parsons made double figures before being all out for 111.

Cuballing lost two wickets on their way to 2-116 from 24.2 overs.

In the other B-grade fixtures, Boddington’s bowlers dismissed Towns for just 74 at Boddington Oval. Boddington batted first and made just 113 runs.

Peter Baker (4-17) was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.

In reply, opening bowler Chris Sjoberg snared 3-3 from five overs.

Towns were bowled out for 74.

Sherry had 3-5 from six overs.

The game of the round was the clash between Wickepin and Wagin, which Wagin won with a crucial 66 not out from Zane Watt with four wickets left after Wickepin posted 124 all out at home.

Drew McAuliffe (3-10) was Wagin’s best with the ball, while Wickepin captain David Wilson led from the front with 45 runs.

After a top-order collapse, Watt and his captain Nathan Pearce (29) steadied the ship to help Wagin to a tough away win.

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