By Jake Santa Maria
ON a cool cloudy day at John Maloney Park, Yanchep Redhawks won the toss and elected to bowl, which after the first hour brought memories of Nasser Hussain’s decision at Brisbane in the 2002 Ashes.
Within the first 10 overs West Coast raced to 0-79 as they looked to go for an outright win to secure their North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade finals ambitions.
Joel Charles’ first over went for 15 as Steve Muckleston and Ryan Leonard battered Yanchep, as they bowled far too many deliveries in the slot as they struggled to find any consistency.
Fielders were pushed back to the boundary quickly as the carnage continued as Muckleston brought up his 50 as he continued driving and pulling powerfully.
A slow outfield did little to stifle West Coast’s progress as the 100 came up inside 16 overs.
Michael Knight and Murray Hunter managed to add some control slowing the score as West Coast looked to consolidate their position and worked the singles more than the boundaries.
Hunter managed to pick up Ryan Leonard’s wicket caught at the ‘long on’ boundary at 1-115.
The game settled a bit after the frenetic opening but West Coast still managed to put the bad ball away as Knight brought on part timers Alex Keay and Brenton Jupp to try and create something.
But it mattered little as Muckleston heaved a pull shot square for four to bring up a magnificent century containing nine 4s and three 6s.
At tea Yanchep were 1-175 and already staring down the barrel of a mammoth total but West Coast put their foot to the throats of the Redhawks after the break.
The 200 came up within another five overs with Muckleston hitting a huge six off Knight but was out caught at ‘long off’ two balls later.
Chirag Karsan had Jordan Conroy caught behind for 11 at 3-217 but runs continued to flow.
Kevin Hall bowled Joe Landwher while Hunter had Travis Pearce LBW for 48 at 5-259.
West Coast kept swinging with both Knight and Hunter being taken through cow corner on multiple occasions and while they picked up a couple of late wickets, at no point were Yanchep in control.
The last two overs went for 20 as West Coast declared after 71 overs at 7-323 by far and away, the biggest total Yanchep has conceded this season.
It left a brutal 15 minute period for Yanchep to bat with Joel Charles falling to Zac Richardson for one.
Kevin Hall should have fallen as well but an absolute dolly was dropped at point.
This saw Yanchep Red Hawks finish at 1-4 after five overs still a whopping 319 runs behind.