Redhawks season alive after Ballajura left in a spin

The Redhawks defeated Ballajura for their first win in the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade competition this season. Picture Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

THE Yanchep Redhawks are up and running after registering their first win since January over Ballajura Landsdale.

On a hot day with the mercury touching 40 degrees Yanchep won the toss and elected to bat at the Kingfisher Oval.

Victor Hugo (20) was aggressive from the start targeting the short straight boundaries and cutting powerfully.

Fellow opener Barry Gardner was out in the sixth over mistiming a drive to mid on while Hugo couldn’t get one through the wind and was caught at long on leaving the Redhawks at 2-37 after 10.

Yanchep then suffered a minor collapse, Murray Hunter was caught sharply at slip, Matthew Hatch misread the length and was also caught at slip while Ryan Boath played all around one and was bowled – all three wickets falling to the bowling of Jacob Vickers.

This left Yanchep teetering at 5-69 when captain Michael Knight was joined by his father Rob Knight and stabilised the innings.

Michael Knight was in fine form feasting on anything short or too full in the midst of some wayward bowling including a 10-ball over with 13 extras.

Rob supported his son well occupying the crease and turning the strike over as Michael brought up his 50 before being stumped off the next delivery.

Alex Keay (21) then came to the crease hitting some big sixes through cow and depositing one over the road to bring the 150 up for Yanchep.

Rob Knight (17) was out lbw at 7-154 but the Redhawks lost Brendan Jupp and Keay in quick succession to leave them 9-156 at the 33rd over and in danger of not batting out their overs.

Enter Kevin Hall who swept powerfully and punished some poor bowling hitting seven 4s and one 6 on his way to an unbeaten 44 who along with Sajan Karson (6) put on 55 for the last wicket in seven overs to push the Redhawks total to an imposing 210.

Ballajura Landsdale (BLCC) did themselves no favours giving up 30 extras but Jacob Vickers had the best figures of 3-38 off his eight overs.

In reply they got off to a good start putting on 52 for the first wicket as Yanchep dropped a couple chances before Sajan Karson had opener Ezra Padmanabham (28) caught at point.

The loss of one wicket brought two as Ryan Boath had Jayden Mews caught at slip to have BLCC 2-60, but their captain John Ferguson was hitting big, peppering the straight boundaries as tempers began to flare out in the middle with the umpire stopping the game a couple times as words were exchanged.

The game was in the balance at the break at 2-87 with both sides needing to cool down.

After the break the game changed as Michael Knight brought himself and fellow spinner Hunter on from both ends.

The scoring slowed and the pressure told with Hunter having the dangerous Ferguson caught holing out to long on for 45.

This sparked a stunning collapse as Yanchep spun a web around BLCC as they lost 5-25 with Murry Hunter strangling the batsmen with an outstanding spell of 4-11 off eight overs leaving them 7-117 after 31 overs.

Yanchep were a bit loose at the end conceding a few boundaries and dropping some chances but the damage had already been done, Michael Knight picked up one more wicket to have figures of 2 for 43 to go with his 51 as BLCC ended on 8-179.

It was a stunning turnaround for Yanchep coming off the shambolic last weekend and they will hope to ride this momentum into the game against Quinns Rocks at Splendid Park on November 16.