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Shooters fired up for win

Shooters put on a batting clinic to secure the A-grade Kununurra Indoor Cricket title against Knackers on Saturday night.

The premiers had partnerships of 26, 12, 45 and 43 for a total of 126 runs in the opening innings setting a high total for Knackers to chase.

In response, the runners-up could muster only 21, 15, 8 and 33 for 77.

Damian Hutchinson and Shane Nash opened the batting for Shoot-ers and got up to 21 runs in the first two overs off the bowling of Wal Lovelock and Terry Coutanche.

Brendon Wong went 1-1 bowling in the third over for the first out in the game and Greg Sorrel followed up with figures of 1-4 to keep the partnership to 26 runs.

New batting pair Luke Gellie and RB Dessert slapped 23 runs in the fifth and six over to bring the score up to 49 runs.

Spin bowler Ben Hellsten went on a tear for Knackers to bring the score back down, taking four wickets and 16 runs off the board.

B-grade premiers Canardlies.B-grade premiers Canardlies.
Camera IconB-grade premiers Canardlies.

With eight overs done for 38 runs, Nathan Ford and Ned Aladin took the crease.

Ford started striking sevens and playing guitar solos on his cricket bat in celebration as he went on to hit two more major scores.

The pair put together 45 runs as the game started to go in Shooters’ favour.

Ben Durrans (24 runs) and Mish Aladin (19 runs) kept the runs ticking over in the last four overs to set a solid score for Knackers to chase.

A run out off the first ball set the tone early but Coutanche and Sorrel managed to put up 21 runs to stay in touch with where their opponents were after four overs.

Hutchinson had some solid bowling and fielding to string together some outs.

In Ford’s second over he clean bowled Craig Jolly and ran out to cement his case for man-of-the- match honours.

Shooters kept the fielding pressure on and Dessert took a great one-hand catch off the net off Hutchinson’s bowling.

Jolly and Michael Ellul got some late runs to counter the negative scores, including a seven and a five off Jolly’s bat to finish for 15 off the four overs.

An eight-run partnership by Wong and Lovelock pretty much sank Knackers’ chances despite a late stand by Josh Trimbell, who hit 29 runs in the last partnership.

Women's indoor cricket premiers Ball Smashers.Women's indoor cricket premiers Ball Smashers.
Camera IconWomen’s indoor cricket premiers Ball Smashers.

In the B-grade, Carnardlies chased down a score of 78 runs set by Bush Chooks and won with a total of 88.

A two-run third partnership put the pressure on Carnardlies, who responded with 31 runs in the final four overs.

Carnardlies were up by one run going into the last over but managed to hold on and take the win.

In the women’s, the Ball Smashers won with a score of 130 to Gashers 123. Ball Smashers’ Claire Atkins was named the MVP of the grand final.

Gasher’s Lindsay Howard won the best bowler for the season award and Vicki Ecclestone the best batter.

Dan Peters was the best A-grade batter and overall player, Sam Johnston best B-grade batter and overall player, best A-grade bowler was Sam Coppock, best B-grade bowler was Damo Mijovic and Sam Johnston best overall.

Cricket legends Jeff Thomson and Doug Walters will be telling yarns and auctioning memorabilia at the Ord River Sports Club tomorrow from 6pm.

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