By Jake Santa Maria
YANCHEP Redhawks are still searching for a first win this year after falling to West Coast Cricket Club on Saturday, January 18.
On a warm day with a gusty sea breeze the Redhawks won the toss and chose to bat as West Coast opened with spin.
Yanchep got off to a steady start with Sam Christie doing most of the early scoring targeting straight off the spinner.
His partner Murray Hunter was unlucky to be run out after some smart work from West Coast keeper Vic Muckleston backhanding a throw to catch him with his foot in the air.
For the second week in a row one wicket bought a few as Christie was beaten in flight and bowled, while Barry Gardner was pinned by a fuller ball off the spin of Travis Pearce.
Alex Keay spooned one to short cover and the Redhawks were 4-47 inside 15 overs.
Debutant Will Kwaramba and evergreen captain Michael Knight steadied the ship as Knight played his classical cover drives while also hitting with the wind to pepper the square boundary.
They were helped by Pearce who sent down 17 wides in his eight over spell as Yanchep looked to rebuild.
Just as the Redhawks might have considered pushing on Ryan Leonard found the edge of Kwaramba and then ripped through Yanchep’s tail.
He took 6-27 in a 7.3 over spell as the bottom four batsmen for Yanchep failed to trouble the bowlers.
As with last week Knight was the only to seriously challenge the bowling striking nine 4s and one 6 on his way to 65 before being the second last man to fall.
Yanchep were all out for 131 and the score could have been lower but for 29 extras.
In reply a tough chance was dropped off Kevin Hall’s first ball before Knight stuck in his first over getting his sixth caught and bowled for the season as West Coast got off to a shaky start.
The bowling was tight and Murray Hunter continued his stellar form taking a wicket with his first ball as West Coast were 2-43 after 10.
Matt Turnbridge had Brett Rankin caught behind to have them three down and the game in the balance.
This proved to be a false dawn however with Travis Pearce and Vic Muckleston putting on 113 for the fourth wicket to power past the Yanchep total and both post 50s.
Muckleston hit 11 fours for a game high 68 as West Coast kept batting for net run rate points and post 7-223 off their 40 overs.