19 Oct FDCC weekend wrap for fixtures against JOONDALUP & MIDLAND GUILDFORD
The Port Boys find themselves at the top of the WA Premier Cricket First Grade ladder after a stunning start to the season with victories against Joondalup and Midland Guildford Cricket Club’s.
All four grades started their seasons on Saturday in fixtures against traditional rival Joondalup CC with the 1st Grade side playing for the annual Mark McPhee Shield. The A grade boys batted first in their crucial matchup and posted a huge 7/236 off just 34 overs after two hours were lost in the morning due to rain. Chris Chellew opened the batting and set the foundations for this total as he made 73 off 82 balls. Chris “Craig” Davenport then stole the show with an incredible 117 runs off just 76 balls. In what has been described as one of the best displays of hitting at A grade level, Chris got to his century off just 71 balls and hit eight massive 6’s! The bowlers then supported this batting performance beautifully as they bowled Joondalup out for 118. Joel Crosswell finished with the sensational figures of 4/7 off 7 overs and was well supported by Rosco Mac (3/23) in a great win for the Port Boys.
The lower grades were less successful against the depth of Joondalup as our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades were all defeated. Anthony Collova was the star performer in the 2nd grade side’s tight loss as he continued his early season form and made an elegant century. Anthony’s unbeaten century (111*) came from 150 balls and guided his team to 4/220 off their 50 overs. However, the boys were unable to hold back a strong Joondalup side who successfully chased down our total with less than three overs remaining. Meanwhile, the 3rd and 4th grades sides both lost close contests as David Lemm (3/34 & 26), Justin Quinn (62) and Lovepreeet Singh (3/38) were the notable performers.
Sunday’s one-day fixtures for the 1st and 2nd grade sides against Midland Guildford resulted in two solid wins for the Port Boys. The A grade side batted first again and posted a respectable total of 5/269 off their 50 overs. The runs were shared around by the top order as Chris Wood (83 off 107 balls) and new Port Boy Brayden Sutton (58 off 93 balls) showed their experience and led the way. The bowlers then toiled hard on a typical flat Stevens Reserve pitch and bowled a resilient Midland Guildford out for 227. Ben Moore did the damage with the ball and ended up with figures of 3/36 as the A grade side started the season in style.
Meanwhile, the 2nd grade boys got their first win for the season at Lilac Hill. ‘Captain Courageous’ Jordan Buller (48 off 61 balls) led the way with the bat to chase down Midland Guildford’s target of 185 and was well supported by Matthew Micale (48*) and Aidan Rowden (43). This solid batting performance followed the quality bowling of young Port Boy Josh Chojnowski (3/30).
Go the Port!