Partnership helps Western Districts to victory

A grade: Wudinna 10/164 def by Western Districts 5/167

An important partnership between Trent Brace and Kysen Shepperd helped Western Districts to a five-wicket victory over Wudinna in Le Hunte cricket on Saturday.

Chasing Wudinna’s 10/164, the home side was in trouble in the early stages before a 68-run stand turned the tide to see Western Districts finish on 5/167.

Steve Westlake, 26 runs, and Remi North, 14, got the Wudinna innings going with a 30-run partnership after the wicket of Scott Allen for three.

They both fell in quick succession, along with Troy Klante, however Viv O’Brien was in good form as he closed in on a half-century for the visitors.

When O’Brien was dismissed for 45 it left Wudinna on 6/126.

Late runs from Tyler Inglis, 13, Brennan Franklin, 10, and Simon Petty, 12, helped push Wudinna to their final total, with Franklin the last player out.

Brace led with the ball in taking 3/17, while Shepperd, Cameron Tomney and Toby Baker grabbed two wickets each.

Districts found themselves teetering at 3/24 following the dismissals of Leigh Scholz and Julian Gosling for two, and a Joshua Horgan duck.

Brace and Shepperd were not to be deterred and they arrested the slide with a big partnership that ended when Brace was caught for 54.

Shepperd carried on and was ably assisted by 20 from Shane Pittaway, the pair putting on 69 runs for the fifth wicket.

Shepperd reached 56 not, with Pittaway trapped leg before wicket only four runs from the finish line to bring Damon King-O’Loughlin, six not out, to the crease.

North took two of the three opening wickets to end with 2/37.

A grade: Waddikee/Warramboo 8/240 def Kyancutta 10/85

Waddikee/Warramboo dominated with the bat and ball to defeat Kyancutta by 155 runs.

Jake Bruce top scored with 69 runs for the WaddiBoos in their 8/240, as Lubin Stringer impressed with the ball to help skittle Kyancutta for 85.

A number of Waddikee/Warramboo batsmen made a start as Kane Grocke made 36 runs and both Stringer and Chandler May added 37.

While none could reach a half-century and Corey Waters was caught for a duck, Bruce showed them how it was done by making a polished 69.

Further runs down the order from Wade O’Brien, 33, helped the WaddiBoos post a commanding total.

Thomas Scholz and Brett Garnaut picked up two wickets apiece.

Aside from 22 runs from Damien Mullan and 23 from Ty McKenna, the Kyancutta run chase never got going and wickets flowed regularly.

There were ducks for Joe O’Brien and Jacob May, while Darren O’Brien was the only other batsman to reach double figures with 18 runs.

Stringer tore through Kyancutta to take 4/30, while Keron Cummings and Wade O’Brien claimed two wickets each.

B grade

Western Districts got the better of Wudinna by 34 runs.

Jesse Pittaway hit 27 runs for Districts in their 6/135, with Wudinna falling short on 5/101 in response.

Pittaway was aided by 25 from Craig Johnson and 20 runs from both Evan Whillas and Jethro Haythorpe.

Craig Brands picked up 3/15 for Wudinna.

It was a one-man show for Wudinna as Henry Zwar made 60 not out, however the only other meaningful contribution came from Brad Lymn’s 18.

Angus Tomney took 2/22.

Ashley May’s century helped Kyancutta to a 119-run win over Waddikee/Warramboo.

May dominated as Kyancutta made 8/225, before bowling out the WaddiBoos for 106.

May came in at number three and eventually retired after a superb 103, with Kyancutta also helped by a massive 55 extras.

Bayln O’Brien and Andrew Schmucker took three wickets each.

Max Bower did well in response to make 34, but aside from Schmucker’s 20 there was not much support from teammates.

Kym Heard bowled well to finish with 4/15.