By Jake Santa Maria
THE Yanchep Redhawks will be looking to give themselves some Christmas cheer in their last game of the year against Joondalup at Splendid Park this weekend after falling to a heavy defeat.
On an overcast and humid day at Penistone Park with rain threatening Yanchep won the toss and elected to bowl then had to wait as rain delayed the start and two overs were lost.
Once play was underway Kevin Hall and Michael Knight opened proceedings and it was a steady start for Warwick but the Redhawks were not looking overly threatening.
Murray Hunter changed that continuing his good form getting a leading edge and making the breakthrough in his first over to have Warwick 1-28 after 10 overs.
The batting continued to be sluggish with Hunter beating the edge and having a chance dropped behind as the batsmen struggled for any sort of timing.
A wicket was coming and Hunter again made the breakthrough having Brad Staples caught at square leg for 13 and Warwick 2-60 after 22 overs.
Denham Barrkumararulasinghe added some impetus to the innings hitting nicely down the ground but also running some rapid singles putting the Redhawks fielding under pressure.
Michael Knight fought back taking two very sharp caught and bowled chances to have Warwick five down but Eric McFarland counter attacked with some scintillating shots and doubled down after he was dropped off a relatively simple chance at cover.
McFarland continued to punish the Redhawks bowling before he was caught well at point for 33 off Kevin Hall.
Sam Christie picked up one final wicket bowling Daniel Holland but Warwick ended their innings at 7-167 having more than doubled their halfway score.
Wickets were shared around but the pick of the bowlers was once again Hunter with fantastic figures of 2-11 off eight.
In reply Aiden Sivic was bowled in the first over off Marc Tobin and the innings never really got any better for Yanchep from there.
Sam Christie was caught at mid off soon after, Brendan Jupp and Sajan Karsan then added 25 for the third wicket before both were out caught in quick succession.
A series of mistimed shots and poor placement saw the whole innings collapse and Yanchep were bundled out for a paltry 55 off 21.3 overs.
Richard Nguyen was the pick of the Warwick bowlers using his inswingers to pick up a Michelle 5-7 off 5.3 overs.
The loss means Yanchep have lost their top spot on the one day ladder and are still stuck on the bottom of the overall ladder.