By Jake Santa Maria
AFTER winning the toss and electing to bowl at Splendid Park Yanchep made a dream start as Chirag Karsan cracked open the top order.
He had Ezra Padmanabham caught at slip before producing an absolute peach to remove Kyle Da Camra’s off stump to have two wickets in two balls.
Christopher Neilson survived the hat-trick ball but proceeded to meekly chip a length ball straight to mid on in Karsan’s next over to give him three wickets in two overs and leave his side 3-12.
John Ferguson came to the crease and looked to re-build hitting some sweetly timed drives but a slow outfield and some inconsistent bounce meant runs were not easy.
Ballajura were crawling along when Dylan Vea top edged an attempted pull to mid wicket at 4-33.
Kahn Notarangelo came in and Murray Hunter was all over him beating him in flight and beating his edge but survived as Ballajura Landsdale continued to stumble along.
Notarangelo was put out of his misery by Joel Charles as Michael Knight took a good catch on the run from mid off and when Chirag picked up is fourth with Chris Ferguson caught behind fending off a bouncer Ballajura were 6-74.
John Ferguson was still at the crease hitting powerfully down the ground often flirting with boundary riders as he bought up a defiant half century.
He finally found some support with Ash McLean latching on to some short pitched bowling as the pair added 59 runs and threatened to undo Yanchep’s earlier hard work.
Kevin Hall broke through with McLean caught on the boundary at long on and bowling Jacob Vickers with his first ball.
Michael Knight picked up the last two wickets in his first two balls off the ninth over having John Ferguson caught at long off for 74 and Kyle Oates caught behind for 1.
Ballajura managed 146 thanks largely to Ferguson’s innings as Chirag Karsan finished with season best figures of 4-31 off 13 overs.
Yanchep had a tricky hour to survive as Sam Christie and Murray Hunter opened the Redhawks reply.
Christie fell to some express pace to Ash McLean mistiming a cover drive and Will Kwaramba could have fallen in a similar fashion but the chance was dropped.
Two more chances were dropped late in the day but the Redhawks toughed it out and added 34 vital runs to leave them well placed heading into day two on Saturday.