Port Augusta cricket: Central/Stirling cruise to victory

CRICKET: Central/Stirling bounced back from three consecutive defeats to register their first win of the 2018/19 season.

CRICKET: Central/Stirling bounced back from three consecutive defeats to register their first win of the 2018/19 season.

Central/Stirling picked up their first win of the season, defeating West Augusta after a dominant bowling performance. 

Nick Wedding was the star with the ball, taking four wickets for 13 to help restrict the Hawks to just 59 runs. 

It then took just 19 overs for the Tigers to make the runs and finally get a win under their belt.

West won the toss and chose to bat first, with Garth Burley and Josh Dunstan opening up. 

Burley was stubborn at the crease and proved rather difficult to remove. The same couldn’t be said for Dunstan though, as Wedding trapped him in front of the stumps in the fifth over for 11. 

Next to go was captain Mitchell Foote for just two, before Burley was dismissed in the 13th over to leave West 3/36. 

The experienced duo of Mark Benbow and Jason McInerney lasted just two overs, before Wedding struck for a third time to remove McInerney. 

The big wicket of the innings came in the next over when Benbow mistimed a drive off Cameron Edson to provide Ryan Kuerschner with some catching practice. 

Benbow had made 16 and once he was gone, West lost their last five wickets for just 16 runs, as Edson and Tom Baulderstone wrapped things up.

Wedding finished with four wickets and a run out in a good afternoon, while Edson took three.

With a small target in sight, Central’s openers Lucas Hill and Michael Dyson set about making light work of it. 

Dyson started positively, hitting a boundary on just his second ball, while Hill was again solid in defence.

Together, they cut the target in half, before Dyson was out LBW for 22 with the team on 34. 

Orson Poole was next up to the crease, bringing his usual attacking mindset with him. He looked at getting things done quickly and blasted 20 in his 21-run partnership with Hill, before getting caught behind. 

Jeremy Edson then came out to bat and needed just five runs to win, finishing off an eight-wicket win for the Tigers. 

Hill finished not out on nine, as Central cruised through the run chase to pick up their first win in what has been a disappointing start to the season.

The Tigers now have a record of one win and three losses, sitting just behind West, who have won once, drawn once and lost twice.

Central/Stirling will hope to carry their winning momentum into their Round 5 clash with Quorn, who are coming in off the back of their first loss of the season.

West will hope to improve against ladder leaders South.