Willsden defeat South Augusta Port Augusta Cricket

Willsden bounced back from a heartbreaking round one loss in style to smash South Augusta and win its round two clash by 127 runs.

After falling in a nail-biter in round one, Willsden weren’t giving that scenario any air as they dominated bat and bowl.

After winning the toss Willsden enjoy a relatively strong start before they loss Michael Dyson for 14 who was on the end of a peach of a delivery from Shaun Adams.

Toby Baxter was just finding his middle stump before he was gone, becoming Adams’ second victim.

At 2/31 Willsden could’ve gone either way some clean hitting from Shane Cox lifted them to 71 before he became Adams’ third wicket of the day.

Peter Ross may not have had the expert timing of a Swiss watch but he had made up with it with plenty of grunt.

His quick-fire innings came to an end on 15 thanks to Josh Scurrah and ittook Willsden to 4/128.

Those credits in the bank allowed the Willsden to flourish, none more so than Michael Kleboom.

His 51 included three 4s and fine six that defied the weekend’s strong winds to become an immovable object.

Kleebom’s LBW dismissal for 51paved the way for a big Willsden finish.

Dale Buckley stayed at the crease to nurse through the tail wagging and finsih 35 not out, leaving Willsden with a final score of 9/201.

Kernahan may not have been a first-choice bowler but he proved the most effective, taking 3/22.

South Augusta were in dire straits before they faced one delivery and it didn’t get any better when play resumed.

Marcus Gill was run out for a duck and forced to watch the onslaught continue.

Todd Kernahan was next on the chopping block, becoming Max Clarke’s first wicket of the day.

Correy Cuffe was next to go, also departing for 4.

The bigger problem for South was they were 195 runs short of victory and already three batsmen down. 

The new batsmen to the crease David Robinson did provide some entertaining fight back but it was short-lived as he was sent packing for 16.

Greg Shirley put up the bravest fight of the South batting order, restoring some sense of parity for a brief moment.

When Shirley was dismissed for 37, the wheels of South’s innings well and truly fell off.

They were 5/65 and could only manage 9 more runs, being bowled out for just 74.

Clarke was the best performing bowler for Willsden, taking 3/25 wickets and helping put South Augusta on the back foot early.

Tobin Taylor packed a punch, finishing with 2/1.

SHOT: South Augusta wicket-keeper Corey Cuffe can only watch on as Willsden batsmen Michael Kieboom hits a boundary on his way to a top score of 51.

SHOT: South Augusta wicket-keeper Corey Cuffe can only watch on as Willsden batsmen Michael Kieboom hits a boundary on his way to a top score of 51.

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