Yanchep captain powers Redhawks to first win this year

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Yanchep captain Michael Knight left Joondalup-Kinross Cricket Club shell-shocked as he led the Redhawks to their first win of the year. Picture: Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

IT was a warm day with a quick outfield and a wind blowing at Windermere Park as Yanchep won the toss and elected to bowl.

The Redhawks, who face Ballajura Landsdale at Splendid Park on Saturday, let Joondalup-Kinross get off to a reasonable start.

After a watchful opening half hour Joondalup had 18 runs off Saj Karsan whose first over kick started their innings leaving Yanchep 0-40 off the first 10 overs.

In the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade game Yanchep were dropping too short and Joondalup were hitting well square of the wicket while no balls were also giving away too many free hits.

Joondalup were well placed before Mohammed Taqi sparked a middle order collapse.

Elwyn Lan hit a long hop straight to mid wicket and Tim leaver chipped a similarly innocuous delivery straight back to the bowler.

Murray Hunter bowled Dylan Rasheed in his first over continuing his good form with the ball to have Joondalup 3-93.

The slower bowlers had put the brakes on Joondalup’s momentum and a bad run out put them further in the mire.

But opener Ian Huntley survived the carnage and the bowling lost its edge as he battered Yanchep’s bowlers.

The Redhawks could not find their lengths as Huntley never gave them a look in striking 17 boundaries to bring up a magnificent century as he carried his bat through to 117 not out.

This left the Redhawks chasing 219 for the win and they made a poor start losing Aiden Sivic and Will Kwaramba in two balls of Dylan Rasheed’s third over.

Murray Hunter was watchful and had support from Sam Wilton (20) before he lost his leg stump to Leaver.

Michael Knight arrived at the crease with his team three down and once again it looked as if he was to play a lone hand for the Redhawks.

Coming off two 50s in his last two innings Knight continued his run of form, punishing the spin attack of Joondalup in a brisk counter attack.

Pace fared no better with Sam Brown going for 78 off his five overs as Knight put on a brutal display as he targeted square and looked in complete control.

Hunter (20) was bowled and Mohammed Taqi trapped lbw by Leaver before Saj Karsan fell to Ben Allsop to leave the Redhawks a little nervous.

But there was no stopping Knight who stood defiant in an awe inspiring display striking 22 fours and 5 sixes on the way to a mammoth unbeaten 156.

He was supported well at the end by Kevin Hall (23) as Yanchep ended 7-253 off 40 overs as the Redhawks put their foot on the throat in the closing overs.

It was an outstanding individual effort from Knight who finally got just rewards for carrying the Redhawks batting in the last few innings.