KEEPING A COOL HEAD: Wanderers' batsman Alex Robison was playing the ball on its merits as he brought up a maiden century at Harwood Oval.
KEEPING A COOL HEAD: Wanderers' batsman Alex Robison was playing the ball on its merits as he brought up a maiden century at Harwood Oval. Debrah Nov

Robison knuckles down to reach maiden ton

HARWOOD V WANDERERS: What started out as a bit of a laugh in the training nets during the week has finished in a maiden century for Wanderers powerful hitter Alex Robison.

Robison who generally enjoys 'slapping' the ball to cow corner was a changed man at Harwood Cricket Ground as he steered the cherry around the outfield as the visitors racked up a 78-run victory against Harwood.

"I just decided to play properly for once," he said. "I was doing my old hack in the nets the other day, and I thought for a bit of a joke I would try playing defensive shots and proper cut shots.

"Next thing I was just middling them in the nets and I was just wondering what if I play this way out in the middle."

Robison along with Wanderers opener Jack Plater (63) put on a mammoth 170-run third wicket stand which is thought to be a club record breaking partnership.

 

But it was all almost brought undone before the drinks break when Robison barely made his ground on a perilous quick single.

"We discussed just knuckling down and blocking out the over before drinks so I was sitting on my bat well behind the bowler's stumps," he said.

"Next thing he yells me through for a single, I look up and Jack is already halfway down the pitch.

"I had to make the big dive for the crease but she would have definitely been one for the video umpire."

It was a maiden ton for the striker who has struggled to find form with the bat in recent seasons.

A late 33-run cameo from Brandon Honeybrook pushed the score to 4-240 as Wanderers set in to bowl Harwood out when play resumed.

A solid start from Harwood opener Dane Mitchell (40) as well as a middle order cameo from Trent Anderson (24) was not enough for the home side as they succumbed to the Wanderers attack all out for 162 in the 32nd over.

Wanderers captain Joel Peterie was the pick of the bowling attack clinching four wickets for 30 off his eight overs.

The win sees Wanderers rejoin Maclean United at the top of the First Grade table.

SCOREBOARD

HARWOOD V WANDERERS

At Harwood Cricket Ground

Toss: Wanderers

Umpires: Kevin Eames, Bill McCarron

Wanderers 1st Innings

T Peterie b Vallette 11

J Plater b Richards 63

A Robison b Richards 102

B Honeybrook not out 33

K Roberts c Vallette b Richards 1

J Peterie not out 5

Extras (b 5, lb 8, w 7, nb 5) 25

FOUR wickets for 240

Overs: 40

FoW: 1-20(T Peterie) 2-190(a robison) 3-214(J Plater) 4-223(K Roberts)

Bowling: M Vallette 8-1-34-1, K Richards 8-0-49-3, M Niemiec 7-1-36-0, T Anderson 8-0-35-0, T Littlechild 3-0-26-0, J Ensbey 2-0-20-0, D Simmons 4-0-28-0

Harwood 1st Innings

D Mitchell c Galloway b Causley 40

GJ Simmons run out (D Causley) 13

J Ensbey lbw b J Peterie 6

T Anderson b J Peterie 24

A Moss c Galloway b Causley 0

D Simmons c Honeybrook b J Peterie 0

M Vallette run out (T Simpson) 11

M Peterie not out 13

K Richards lbw b J Peterie 1

T Littlechild c Honeybrook b Galloway 3

M Niemiec c Causley b Galloway 6

Extras (b 6, lb 7, w 26, nb 6) 45

ALL-OUT for 162

Overs: 32

FoW: 1-48(GJ Simmons) 2-71(J Ensbey) 3-113(T Anderson) 4-114(A Moss) 5-115(D Simmons) 6-131(D Mitchell) 7-136(M Vallette) 8-137(K Richards) 9-142(T Littlechild) 10-162(M Niemiec)

Bowling: J Peterie 8-0-30-4, D Causley 5-1-14-2, D Galloway 3-0-10-2, B Honeybrook 3-0-11-0, AG Boyd 3-1-12-0, T Simpson 3-0-21-0, K Roberts 2-0-10-0, A Robison 6-0-41-0

* WANDERERS won by 78 runs.



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