Yanchep Redhawks grind out win against Ballajura

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The win marks a late revival for the Yanchep Redhawks in the NSCCA C grade competition and a win next round could lift them off the bottom of the ladder. Picture Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

YANCHEP Redhawks head into next week’s match against Osborne Park hoping to make it three wins in a row after overcoming Ballajura Lansdale on Saturday.

Having started the day 112 runs in arrears Will Kwaramba fell early to Troy Baradeen and with Murray Hunter not playing this week it meant two new batters were at the crease.

It made for an attritional day with the Redhawks going at a consistent run rate of around three an over and a slow outfield meant boundaries were at a premium.

Kevin Hall and Victor Hugo put on steady progress for the Redhawks adding 41 for the third wicket from 11 overs before Hall was bowled by Jacob Vickers.

However Ballajura struggled to make consistent inroads into the Redhawks batting as Michael Knight came to the crease and continued his good form.

While never dominating the bowling Knight and Hugo added another 44 runs working the ones and twos and striking the occasional boundary before Hugo was caught off Ravi Karia at 4-126.

Michael Knight was run out off a direct hit by Kyle Oates for 38, the first time in four games the Yanchep captain has failed to pass 50.

But with his side most of the way there Barry Gardner and Alex Keay helped the Redhawks overhaul Ballajura’s 146 in the 49th over.

As they batted on for run rate points Yanchep suffered a mini collapse losing 4-30 in the closing stages to finish on 184 all out off 61 overs.

Five Redhawks batters passed 20 and while none managed to convert their starts, their consistent partnerships were enough to get past a Ballajura attack that lacked penetration.

Eight different bowlers were used with Ash McLean and Ravi Karia doing the bulk of the work bowling 15 overs a piece.

Karia and Troy Barradeen, who bowled 11 overs, picked up two wickets each to have the most success.

It marks a late revival for the Redhawks this season and a win next round could lift them off the bottom of the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade ladder.