Wanderers beat the heat and a willing Lawrence
LCCA CRICKET: Wanderers have started 2018 on a winning note after a comprehensive 128-run victory over Lawrence on Saturday.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Wanderers plundered 248 runs in 35 overs for the loss of just four wickets, with four batters scoring 40 or more.
Leading the way were Alex Robison and Jack Plater, who both scored 60, with solid contributions from captain Joel Peterie (40) and Dan Galloway (47).
Peterie said he was pleased with his team's performance.
"It was a good win, very happy with how we played,” he said.
"It was just good to get some runs on the board and have a bit of a hit.
"We lost our last game last year against Maclean United so it was good to get back into the winner's circle.”
Peterie said the heat on Saturday made conditions uncomfortable for both teams out in the middle.
"Jack Plater retired hurt from heat exhaustion, the heat really got to him,” Peterie said.
"I was out there batting with him for a while and it was hard going.
"It was probably worse for the Lawrence boys; they were the ones out in the field all day.”
The win puts Wanderers on top of the LCCA competition table, three points clear of Iluka in second place.
However, Peterie said he wouldn't be reading too much into the ladder at this stage of the year.
"To be on top of the table is a nice place to be, but once you get into the semi-finals that can change very quickly,” he said.
"This was a good performance from us so the focus now will be to build on this. We will take on Iluka this weekend, which will be a hard challenge.”
Lawrence's run chase got off to a good start, with Brett O'Connor and Luke Moloney putting on 68 in an opening stand before O'Connor fell for 38.
While Moloney (44) refused to wilt to the Wanderers attack, the wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals before the visiting side were all bowled out for 120.
WANDERERS V LAWRENCE
At Barry Watts Turf
Umpires: Steve Cameron
Wanderers 1st Innings
T Peterie c G Watterson b O'Connor 7
J Plater retired hurt 60
J Peterie c O'Connor b G Watterson 40
D Galloway not out 47
A Robison c Davis b Giffin 60
K Roberts b G Watterson 7
A Dickson not out 3
Extras (b 3, lb 4, w 9, nb 7) 23
FOUR wickets for 248
Bowling: G Watterson 6-0-47-2, A Giffin 5-0-32-1, B O'Connor 6-1-31-1(1w), B Davis 6-1-28-0, R Watterson 6-0-49-0, L Moloney 6-0-36-0
Lawrence 1st Innings
B O'Connor c Martin b J Peterie 38
L Moloney c Galloway b Emanuel 44
R Watterson b J Peterie 5
L Ensbey not out 15
K Watterson lbw b Harrison 2
A Giffin c Dickson b Roberts 10
B Davis b Roberts 2
G Watterson b Roberts 0
Extras (b 2, lb 0, w 2, nb 0) 4
SEVEN wickets (all-out) for 120
FoW: 1-68(B O'Connor) 2-89(R Watterson) 3-94(K Watterson) 4-115(A Giffin) 5-120(B Davis) 6-120(L Moloney) 7-120(G Watterson)
Bowling: K Roberts 3-0-14-3, J Peterie 3-0-14-2, B Emanuel 6-1-16-1, S Harrison 5-1-12-1, N Anderson 3-0-30-0, T Martin 3-0-34-0