Redhawks crush sloppy Osborne Park

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Yanchep Redhawks batsman Sam Christie brings up 50 as Osborne Park rue another drop. Picture: Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

THE Yanchep Redhawks head into next weekend’s clash against Warwick at Penistone Park with a big boost after sweeping aside a poor Osborne Park side.

Yanchep won the toss and sent Osborne Park (OPCC) into bat on a cool picturesque day at Splendid Park.

OPCC got off to a decent start, with the openers attacking Michael Knight to the leg side boundary and timing some crisp cover drives against Kevin Hall.

Hall made the first breakthrough removing Thomas Read caught behind off a flashing cut and then Craig Broomhall tried the same stroke but succeeded in only finding point leaving them 2-39 after 10 overs.

Pace was on with Chirag and Sajan Karson strangling and beating the bat from both ends with the batsmen struggling to find any sort of timing and scoring slowing to a crawl.

With the batting under pressure Murray Hunter came on and continued his good work from last week bowling opener David Magee, who was trying to inject some life into the innings.

Michael Lazzaro was finally put out of his misery caught and bowled off a fantastic reflex catch by Knight.

Two more wickets fell to Sajan Karson and Hunter respectively both having their batsmen caught at point off very similar shots.

At 7-92 it was looking dire before some lower order hitting particularly from Matthew Lequaietermaine saw Yanchep err in their lines and push their total to 8-155 having scored 60 runs in the last eight overs in a poor finish by the Redhawks.

Sam Christie and Aiden Sivic opened Yanchep’s reply and in the first over mid on dropped a dolly off Christie which set the tone of OPCC’s day in the field.

Sivic looked technically sound at the crease, playing lovely straight drives and flicking off the hip while Christie was going big, targeting cow corner and down the ground as Yanchep brought up 50 in 9 overs helped by plenty of wides as heads seemed to drop in the field.

Christie had already been dropped again at this point and fittingly brought up his 50 with a drop at mid off.

Aiden was caught behind but Christie continued on before, after being dropped at long on, he was finally caught at long off for 69.

That brought Knight to the crease and once again he punished anything too full or short, Kevin Hall was dropped at slip before he was finally caught leaving Yanchep 3-112.

Barry Gardner joined Knight at the crease and while both were dropped, completed the chase with relative ease reaching the target in the 28th over.

Yanchep continued batting for run rate points allowing Knight to bring up 50 before he was caught for 71.

The Redhawks continued to swing hard and eventually finished at 8-237 after 40 overs.

The win sees Yanchep on top of the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade one day table despite being bottom on the overall ladder.