Yanchep Redhawks strike late to leave game in the balance

Yanchep Redhawks fought back late on day one against Osborne Park to give themselves a chance heading into day two this weekend. Picture: Jake Santa Maria

By Jake Santa Maria

OVERCAST and humid conditions made for a sapping day out in the middle as Osborne Park won the toss and elected to field in what is a must win game for their finals hopes.

The Redhawks were down two players which resulted in Aiden Sivic and Brenton Jupp opening the batting in the North Suburban Community Cricket Association C grade game.

Jupp was attacking from the outset and launched a huge six, shortly after being dropped at square leg, which nearly went through the goal posts at cow corner.

But there was some early swing for the opening bowlers and soon Jupp was caught on 21.

Sivic was then caught and bowled by David Magee who did very well to get down low and take it on his follow through.

This brought Michael Knight to the crease and with his team effectively four down a lot rested on his shoulders.

Knight continued his great run of form, looking confident at the cease and striking beautifully down the ground.

He found good support in Will Kwaramba who struggled to beat the field but hung around with Knight to put on a partnership of 58 for the third wicket.

Just as the Redhawks looked to gain some ascendancy Kwaramba was unlucky to be given LBW off Chris Meadows as it looked high and going well down leg.

Knight was then caught very well at cover point on 47 and Yanchep were 4-81.

Barry Gardner and Alex Keay then came together and both found it difficult to score on a spongy pitch and slow outfield.

Osborne Park were bowling tight lines and only gave away one wide throughout the whole day as Keay was caught at mid on trying to force the issue.

Gardner managed to carve out 23 before he was well caught at point off  Meadows.

Joel Charles and Chirag Karsan both fell in quick succession to see Yanchep post 8-120.

Osborne Park’s bowling and fielding was excellent throughout the day with Chris Meadows enjoying the most reward with 4-28 off 9.4 overs.