Wanderers beat Sportsmans in Geraldton women’s cricket, while Towns win twice in men’s comp

Victor TantiMidwest Times
Towns, in blue and white uniforms, easily beat Sportsmans.
Camera IconTowns, in blue and white uniforms, easily beat Sportsmans. Credit: Colin Sherman/Western Racepix

It may transpire that Wanderers won’t win the Young Motors Women’s Cricket title this season, but who’d bet on it?

On Sunday at GBSC4 they smashed likely grand final opponent Sportsmans by 64 runs after captain Linda Rose won the toss and batted. Her side made 4-116 and scuttled Sporties for 52.

At first, all was well for Sportsmans, with stand-in captain Tia Hatch (2-20) and Hayley Criddle reducing Wanderers to 3-13.

But Olivia Bidwell (55 not out) is in grand form and added 48 with Layne Gillingham (20) and an unbeaten 55 with sister Charli.

Sportsmans almost lasted their 20 overs but the game was done after the fifth over when they were 5-4. Their top three and No.5 made ducks.

Ashlyn Thompson (3-6) and Sam Biddiscombe (2-8) were on fire and they and Olivia Bidwell combined for 6-20 off 12 overs — a trio Rose is grateful for.

“They’re excellent and relentless and make captaining a pleasure,” Rose said.

“I’m proud of the rest of the side too — everyone is putting in an amazing effort at training and we’re focused for our games.”

Stacey Carden (21) gave Sporties some respectability but even though they were without their ace Jo Walker, a rout is a rout.

CVN beat Towns at GBSC3 in a game where only six wickets fell.

Towns were sent in and made 4-90 due to Anzel Van Niekirk (29 not out) and Dirranie Kirby (30).

Kylie Bremner (2-8) was best of the bowlers. The target was eclipsed in the 17th over with Kate Clarkson (55 not out), a huge improver, in charge. She had help from Ashley Cooper (17) and Talia Halden and CVN finished at 2-108.

Towns remain flag favourites in the men’s competition after another great weekend. They easily beat Sportsmans in a Young Motors T20 match at Wonthella on Friday night and in a 50-over Geraldton Bendigo Bank Cricket League game at the Rec on Saturday.

On Friday, Towns’ Sam Crouch batted after he won the toss and his unbeaten 55 (56 balls) lifted Towns to 6-101.

Jai Russell (15) also made runs.

Jarrod Jupp (3-17) shone, while Clint Yeates and Shane Ford both took a wicket and conceded only 14 runs off their respective four overs.

Sportsmans battled in the chase after Tom Forsyth and Josh DeLacy took a wicket each.

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