Round 3 v Joondalup
1st Grade 10/142 defeated Joondalup 10/131
Off to a fairly shaky start with both Payne and Hale falling early, English import Luis Reece and Captain Matt Leipold steadied the ship for the Hawks combining for 64 before the hawks lost 6-22 through a middle order collapse. Sweet tried to steady the ship late with a hard fought 15 before the two tailenders Duffield and Prescott toiled late for 30 runs to grind Gosnells to 142 all out.
Prescott struck early removing Inglis for a duck before Reece bowling Hinchliffe. The Hawks ruthless bowling had Joondalup 5-22 thanks to 2 wickets from Prescott and 3 from Reece. McFarlane got the vital wicket of Dixon and 2 big wickets from Leipold saw Joondalup need 41 for the last wicket. Despite a late scare, the Hawks prevailed by 11 runs for their first victory of the season.
Luis Reece earned man of the match honours with his 4-16 off 10 overs and his 27 runs. Matt Leipold was also a star in the sides victory top scoring with 36 and taking 3-23 off 6 overs.
2nd Grade 10/149 defeated Joondalup 10/121
Joondalup won the toss and elected to bowl in a rain affected start. After a fast start, Panetta was the first to fall. Ridley and Jacobs steadied before the wickets of Ridley, Boyne, Jacobs and Menezes saw Gosnells slip to 5-92. McNamee was the rock to Hawks innings top scoring with 32 but once he was run out, the Hawks stumbled to all out for 149.
Joondalup were off to a flyer, with Farmer hitting a half century in 8 overs and at 0-80, things looked well in Joondalup’s favour. But spin twins Brandon Jacobs and Josh Boyne turned the match on its head for Gosnells, taking 7 wickets in 18 overs to have Joondalup 7-106. Rose and Robson after getting some treatment early, finished off the match taking the final 3 wickets in quick succession and Joondalup fell short by 28 runs. It’s the 2nd grade’s second win from the first three rounds and they are currently sitting in 7th spot by percentage.
Star players for the Hawks were Josh Boyne 4/18 off 9 overs (Man of the Match), Brandon Jacobs 2/29 from 9 and 20 runs with the bat, Luke McNamee was top scorer for the Hawks with 32 off 64 balls.
3rd Grade 2/132 defeated Joondalup 10/130
Joondalup batted first at Sutherlands Park with Montgomery tearing through the top order to have the Centurions 3/7. After a small partnership Dale Giles struck twice in 4 balls to have the Hawks right on top at 5/39. During the middle overs there was tight bowling from Aqueel Wahid and Bryan Lutter before Baden Norwood got the much-needed wickets and get the momentum back in Gosnells favour. Montgomery came back on and took the clubs first 5 wicket haul of the season and figures 5/30 off 8 overs. Joondalup were eventually all out for 130.
Subramani and Cavallaro got the Hawks off to a positive start with a 50 run partnership before both fell within 2 overs of each other. Norwood and Back steadied the ship with Norwood smashing an unbeaten 59 off 53 balls and Back 19 not out off 38, to guide Gosnells home with 8 wickets in hand and 13 overs to spare. This notched their first win for the season.
Man of the Match went to Stephen Montgomery.
4th Grade 10/177 defeated by Joondalup 8/207
Gosnells won the toss and elected to bowl first at Iluka. Joondalup got off to a fast start before Nic Roberts and Liam Adams combined to take the first 2 wickets. A crucial partnership from the Centurions saw Baker pass 50 before some tighter bowling in the later overs by the Hawks, restricting Joondalup to 207. Gosnells main wicket takers were Henderson, Roberts and Adams taking 2 wickets each and Dixon and Kelly with 1 each.
With a big run chase ahead of them Gosnells got off to a shaky start losing opener Bormolini for a duck before D’Sylva and Bates dug in to get Gosnells back into momentum. Not long after Bussanich would lead the charge with a fine 54 giving Gosnells a sniff at victory. But it was not to be despite a gallant fight from the lower order batsmen, the Hawks falling 30 runs short of the target.
Despite being disappointed with the loss, Bussanich was pleased with his teams vast improvement from the week before and hopes that in the coming weeks his side will taste victory.
Liam Adams was Man of the Match with 2/26 off 8 overs and impressive catch at mid on.