Yanchep Redhawks fall short in season opener

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The Redhawks lost to the Stingers on the weekend and will be hoping to bounce back in their first two-day match against Warwick on Saturday. Picture: Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

 A STUNNING collapse has seen the Yanchep Redhawks suffer a tough loss to the Quinns Rocks Stingrays at Ridgewood Park on Saturday.

On an overcast day with an outfield still damp from Friday’s storm, Quinns Rocks made the surprising decision to bat first after winning the toss.

They were under pressure early losing two quick wickets with tight bowling from Yanchep opening pair Kevin Hall and Chris Karsen seeing the Stingray’s limp to 2-9 after the first 10 overs.

Runs were at a premium with the thick outfield proving difficult to hit through with the first boundary not coming until the end of the 12th over.

Quinns settled after the opening and looked to accelerate going aerial on more than one occasion to negate the slow outfield but regular wickets kept them in check.

Stingrays all-rounder Chris Bilchurus brought up 10,000 club runs across a 20-year career in the final 10 overs before a late order collapse saw them lose 6-13 to fall to 111 all out in the 38th over.

After taking the two opening wickets with early swing Yanchep bowler Kevin Hall produced an outstanding late spell to finish with magnificent figures of 6-17 off 7.2 overs.

In reply to the modest target Yanchep got off to a good start with openers Victor Hugo and Jack Cope putting on 51 for the first wicket with some aggressive stroke play against the opening bowlers.

With the Stingrays needing something pace bowler Zac Purcell took two in two and came very close to a hat trick to instigate a remarkable collapse.

Two run outs and regular wickets through the middle overs resulted in Yanchep teetering at 6-83 after 30 overs.

Redhawks captain Michael Knight (22) played a swashbuckling counter attacking innings as the chaos unfolded around him hitting all round the ground to almost lead his team to the win.

But Purcell produced a fine delivery to take his off stump bail and Quinns Rocks held their nerve to wrap up a tense victory bowling the Redhawks out for 105 in the 36th over.

All in all Yanchep lost 10-54 in a remarkable collapse and will be hoping to bounce back in their first two-day match against Warwick on Saturday.