The promising T-20 cricket season for the Leschenault Green caps hit a speed hump on Saturday.
After a strong start the Green Caps lost both their T-20 matches on their home oval to Eaton in the morning session and to Hay Park in the afternoon.
The morning match against Eaton Beavers was a relatively high scoring affair with Leschenault batting first and Matt Fink, Tom Buchanan and brothers Kurt and Brody D’Agostino combining to set Eaton a 159 run target.
Like the Green Caps’ 5-158, the Beavers blasted 3-127 early courtesy of Mat Foreman, 33, skipper Clint Hewson 34 and Jim Hillery 36.
Eaton’s batting depth was on show with lower order batsman Corey Fitt, Stuart Clarke and Johnathon Miller all playing a part to see the Beavers home by six wickets.
The afternoon match at Leschenault Oval was a disaster for the Green Caps, who capitulated to the Redbacks.
Batting first, Hay Park lost skipper Whitney on the second ball.
The honest opening batsman walked after edging a quick delivery to Eaton keeper Matt Buchanan.
Umpire Lloyd Rolfe admitted afterwards he heard and saw nothing and therefore would not have given Whitney out, but his opening partner Kris Miller made up for Whitney’s quick dismissal with a powerful innings of 49 off just 43 balls.
Miller’s scintillating start of seven boundaries was backed by Michael Tassone with 26 off just 21 deliveries.
The Redbacks crawled to 6-125 with inform batsman Kurt D’Agostino and captain Tom Buchanan ready to pounce.
Buchanan made 33 off only 24 balls before he was caught by Steve Florance off John Richardson.
When D’Agostino was out caught and bowled by Shazad Gondal for just four it began a Leschenault collapse. Richardson and Gondal both took three wickets for Hay Park who restricted the Green Caps to a lowly 8-105 handing the Redbacks a 20 run win.