Hunter rocks Quinns as Yanchep stave off outright

Yanchep Redhawks bowler Murray Hunter put on a fantastic display in the field against Quinns Rocks at Splendid Park. Picture: Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

YANCHEP Redhawks will be at home again this weekend when they face Osborne Park after avoiding an outright loss against Quinns Rocks last Saturday.

The Redhawks even briefly flirted with thoughts of a reverse outright after a much improved performance, which was a complete turnaround from having Quinns Rocks start the second day 3-130 already 24 runs ahead of Yanchep’s first innings suggesting an outright win for Quinns was on the cards.

On a cool sunny day at Splendid Park the Redhawks and particularly Murray Hunter produced a stunning display in the field.

John Pearce was first to go pinned lbw for 23 at 4-154 and what followed was a stunning collapse.

Hunter firing in darts giving no length or width for batsmen to work with resulted in a Quinns Rocks middle lower order roll over.

From 4-154 Quinns Rocks slumped to 9-163 at one point losing 3-1 to Hunter and some calamitous running while Chigs Karson picked up Conor Callan – a just reward after having a clear caught behind turned down earlier.

A frustrating last wicket partnership pushed Quinns Rocks to 186 but fittingly Hunter finished the innings with simply outstanding figures of 5-15 off 14.3 overs, which also saw him bring up 300 wickets for the club.

A lead of 80 would be far below what Quinns Rocks were hoping for at the start of the day and with only nine fielders due to absent players would have to work hard in the second innings.

They got off to a perfect start removing Shirag Karson for 1 caught at slip as Yanchep crawled to 1-13 off 10.

Victor Hugo spooned one to mid on at 2-26 but Michael Knight was attacking from the other end pouncing on anything short hitting eight boundaries on his way to 42.

At 3-70 only trailing by 10 there was even a possibility of Quinns Rocks being sent back in with only seven players eligible to bat and with their stunning collapse fresh in their minds.

But that thought was quickly snuffled out as the Redhawks lost three for none with Sam Wilton caught at mid wicket, Knight slashing a cut caught behind and Alex Keay bowled to fall to 6-70.

The pressure was firmly back on the Redhawks but Brendan Jupp and Aiden Sivic stabilised with watchful innings, Sivic bringing up the team 100 with the shot of the day thundering a straight drive down the ground.

Jupp was looking good at the crease and with time running out and a 50 in sight swung for the fences but unfortunately time would be the winner as Jupp finished with a well made 44 not out as Yanchep ended the day at 8-139.