Hawks plot to contain Yobs batters

Jackson Lavell-LeeAugusta Margaret River Times

The Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association A-grade T20 competition will begin tomorrow, with Hawks captain Matty Kent wary of a Yobs batting line-up boasting “scary” batting power.

Round one of the A-grade T20 competition was cancelled last week because of a severe weather warning in the lead-up to the weekend.

The Hawks remain undefeated in the longer format, sitting on top of the table ahead of Yobs, who are looking for vindication this season after a poor performance in the grand final earlier this year.

Kent said he would put several bowling plans together to curtail Yobs’ star opener Harvey Golding but he was also cautious of opposite number Haig Colombera.

Yobs captain Colombera blasted 43 from 37 balls in their last match against St Mary’s and brother Nayton batted himself into form with a top score of 68.

“Yobs have a pretty handy batting order; they have a lot of hitters who can clear the boundary pretty easy,” he said.

“We need to be patient with the ball, set a tight field and bowl good areas.”

The Hawks average more than one run out per bowling innings, with a strong focus on active fielding at training.

Kent said Yobs’ home deck, Sir Stewart Bovell Oval, usually presented a grassy wicket, making in-form quick Leigh Westcott’s swing variations crucial in their Saturday grudge match.

In B-grade last week, Yobs’ first innings total of 128 was enough to defeat a gallant Hawks outfit by 17 runs.

A-grade regular Tait Spowart top scored for Yobs with a commanding and disciplined 38 while Luke Wedderburn was a solid contributor with 22. The Hawks’ bowlers were tight, never relieving the pressure on the talented Yobs side, leaking only four extras.

In reply, Kurt Thompson was solid for the Hawks with a quick-fire 29 but he was removed by Spowart before a collapse led to Margaret River bowled out for the ill-fated total of 111.

Yobs will play cross-town rivals St Mary’s in their opening match of the A-grade T20 competition tomorrow before taking on the Hawks, who begin their campaign against Dunsborough Cricket Club.

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