By Jake Santa Maria
THE Yanchep Redhawks have fallen to the bottom of the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade ladder after enduring one of their worst days.
Facing a daunting chase of 236 with two wickets already down Yanchep were without their captain Michael Knight and vice captain Jack Cope due to illness and with no fill ins were already four down before they even faced a ball.
The cool overcast conditions weren’t going to help their cause though rain did delay the start for half an hour.
Once play was underway Sam Christie dispatched his first ball over mid-wicket for 4 as Wanneroo opened with left arm pace from both ends.
Bounce and swing meant runs were hard to come by and Hunter was the first to fall, caught and bowled after having been at the crease for nine overs without scoring.
Christie hit a six over cow before being out next ball to a fine catch at short cover.
Kevin Hall was next to go for 8 also caught by cover with all three wickets falling to the bowling of Casey Winston.
Brendan Jupp came and went down swinging for 8 before a 22-run partnership between Sam Wilton and stand-in captain Matthew Hatch.
Spin accounted for Wilton caught off the leading edge while Chirag Karson was out for one caught at first slip leaving Yanchep 89 all out and facing the follow on.
The one bright spot for the Redhawks was Hatch who played a defiant knock in contrast to the carnage flicking off the pads effectively and unfurling some cover drives to finish 29 not out.
Yanchep following on now had to survive around two hours to avoid an outright defeat and with Kevin Hall having to leave meant Wanneroo only needed seven wickets.
The Roos started where they left off removing the defiant Hatch for a duck in the second innings caught at short fine leg.
Sam Christie (39) and Murray Hunter (29) stabilised for Yanchep, Christie playing some attacking strokes and both threatening to take the game deep until Christe was caught off Duyvestyn.
Sajan Karson (18) added some support but once Hunter was caught it left the Redhawks 3-75 – the remaining four wickets fell for 23 leaving Yanchep 7-98 and all out.
Wickets were shared around by the Roos – in the second innings Duyvestyn took 3-19 and Casey Winston 2-20 giving him figures of 5-31 across both innings.
The loss leaves Yanchep at the bottom of the table and they will be hoping to jump start their season against Ballajura Lansdale at Penistone Park this weekend.