By Jake Santa Maria
YANCHEP Redhawks head into the Christmas break having achieved their first two day win of the season by 6 runs following a remarkable finish against Joondalup-Kinross (JKCC) at Leatherback Park.
On a cool sunny day JKCC continued on from 0-25 having a full 72 overs to chase down 204 but lost Daniel Murphy early as Michael Knight took a brilliant catch off Kevin Hall at mid off.
Hall was all over the batsmen, beating the outside edge and squaring them up on multiple occasions but somehow they survived and began to build steadily.
Adam Hawton put in a big effort from the other end bowling 13 overs straight and seemed to have the breakthrough having Daniel Stockwell out caught before the umpire called a late no ball.
Luck was seemingly not on Yanchep’s side as edges fell short and a of couple decisions not going their way.
While not dominating the bowlers JKCC did not lose any wickets and continued to build through Stockwell and Keenan McMahon making to 1-60 at drinks.
The bowlers seemed to tire as the bowling dropped too short and straight as Stockwell brought up 50 as Joondalup passed 100 with still only one down.
While the scoring was still slow only going between 2 and 3 runs an over JKCC looked to be grinding their way to a convincing win.
Kevin Hall finally broke through resulting in Stockwell being caught for 59 while putting on a stand of 90 with McMahon.
Hawton’s efforts were finally rewarded with the wicket of McMahon for 48 before Michael Knight struck in the very next over removing Chinniah Prabhakar for 8.
JKCC had lost 3-17 but managed to steady through Mason Yates and Brendan Lan who put on 34 before Yates was caught off Chirag Karsan.
At 5-167 the match was still in Joondalup’s hands but two quick wickets fell to Knight and Karsan respectively to make it 7-176.
Throughout the innings JKCC struggled to find another gear in their batting and continued to trudge along at around 2.5 an over and two new batsmen did not help their cause.
Soon overs were against them and time was running out, Thomas McIlroy and Anthony Donovan put on 20 for the eighth wicket but still could not accelerate enough as Yanchep held both their lines and nerve.
This left them 7-196 off 81 overs just 6 runs short of Yanchep’s 203 in a rare feat of a chasing team losing in a two day match due to running out of overs especially considering they made it halfway with nine wickets in hand and having batted nine extra overs last week.
All Redhawks bowlers put in big shifts bowling 72 overs in an afternoon but the pick was their captain Michael Knight taking 3-47 off 24 overs having bowled nearly a third of the innings himself.
The Redhawks never backed down and continued to plug away all day with four bowlers running in for 15 plus overs to produce a stunning turnaround.
It is a big boost for Yanchep heading into the Christmas break.