Toomey’s ton the big highlight

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A swashbuckling century from Wanderers under-17s batsman man Hudson Toomey headlined another big week across the Kookaburra Sports Geraldton Junior Cricket Association.

Toomey, who a day earlier scored his first A-grade half century against Bluff Point, lifted his side to an imposing 7-177 off their allocated 40 overs against Towns Blue.

Blue, who had been in excellent form leading into the game, lost Bobby Gibson early but recovered with Travis Owen and Regan Connor at the crease.

After Owen’s dismissal for 53, Blue were 3-108 and only required a further 51 runs for victory.

Wanderers’ bowling attack had other ideas and instigated a fierce fightback.

The load was equally shared, with six individual wicket takers although individual performances from Kade Zis (2-8) and Gerard “Ringo” McKenna (0-7) were critical in the final stretch.

Blue lost their final seven wickets for only 35 runs, which was a disappointing end to seemingly gettable run chase.

Towns White flexed their muscles against Sportsmans, cruising to a comfortable 45-run victory.

Despite winning the toss and batting, Sporties’ 9-127 appeared to fall slightly short of an ideal par score — with an inspirational spell of bowling from Tom Forsyth giving White all the momentum heading into the run chase.

Forsyth, who has taken nine wickets so far at 17s level in 2017-2018, took four wickets in his final 10 deliveries.

One Sporties player who could hold his head high was Ben Norris, who resolutely laboured for his 47 off 89 balls.

White had little trouble running down the 128-run target, with Kaj Mosedale (66) and Forsyth (57) running riot at times.

In the under-12s, Dongara Blue caused the upset of the round, stunning previously unbeaten Wanderers Gold at home.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Gold were routed for 64, with Archie Bougouard and Mitchell Opalinski leading the way for their side.

Blue concluded their innings on 5-126, with Bougouard top scoring with 33no.

Other sides to record victories included Towns, Bluff Point-Strathalbyn and Dongara White, who all had minimal difficulty in their respective outings.

In the under-14s, the Wanderers Gold juggernaut rolled along for another week, after another solid showing against sister side Wanderers Black.

The highlight of this all-Wanderers affair was the display of Olivia Bidwell, who took 4-18 from her four overs.

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