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Leading Hannans fill void of Heal

Hannans assumed first place in the Eastern Goldfields Cricket Association’s A-grade standings after they needed just 10 overs to haul in Lake View’s 66 last Saturday.

The squad’s depth was underpinned in the absence of player-coach Aaron Heal, with fellow O’Shaughnessy medallist Gavin Bailiff a straight swap for last summer’s premier player.

Still without a win this season, Lake View made it interesting by grabbing 3-4 at one point.

But opener Collin Stewart’s 24, 23 from Graham Kennedy and an unbeaten 11 from Bailiff guided Hannans to 3-67.

Reece Catlow was the pick of the Viewers’ bowlers with 2-15 and Don Liley grabbed 1-52.

Earlier, Lake View’s hopes of a big total were dashed at 6-26 before No.8 Chris Secker dug in for a handy 22, with three boundaries.

Liley made 12 from the No.10 spot but the side was bowled out in 29.1 overs.

Amit Jain led Hannans’ attack with 3-32, with Kennedy, Greg Newberry and Craig Menhennett grabbing two apiece.

Hannans lead the standings on percentage over North Kalgoorlie.

For Heal, the side’s 3-1win-loss record was the ideal start he had hoped for. “I’m really happy because the boys are playing well and most importantly, are showing a fair bit of consistency in their game,” he said.

“Although they’re a young side, they (Lake View) always provide a challenge so it was good to win.”

Heal said early wins had been a priority since launching pre-season.

“Our focus all along, as far as setting ourselves up, was good success in the opening six games,” he said.

“In a four-team competition, it’s so important to finish in that top spot and go straight to the grand final.

“It was great to have Gav (Bailiff) come into the side and hopefully, he’ll be available more regularly in the second half of the season.

“His presence adds another dimension to our batting line up.

“He’s just taken the plunge into small business which means if he’s unavailable to play, I understand why.

“But we expect him to play at least a half-dozen games (after Christmas), get through January and February and qualify for the finals.”

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