Tomasini century leads to comfortable Collie victory

Photo: supplied.
Photo: supplied.

B-grade

Collie travelled to bottom-placed Capel on the weekend looking to continue their good form.

Collie won the toss and batted, however the Capel wicket was slow and run scoring was hard to start with. 

After losing Brayden Kent in the first over Bailey Moloney, Mark Williams, Blair Malatesta and Greg Tomasini slowly built Collie’s total.

When Malatesta fell Collie were 4-105 and Collie still had some experienced batsmen to continue building the score.

Unfortunately, wickets fell around Tomasini with Gagan Sidhu and Seth White falling in successive balls.

Liam Reuben and Jason Borrett managed 11 and 13 respectively until they both were dismissed and Collie were looking at a modest total with the score at 8-154 with eight overs left.

Tyson Hayes joined Tomasini in the middle and Tomasini took the long handle to the Capel bowlers hitting sixes at will.

Hayes played his role perfectly giving Tomasini the strike as he raced passed 50 and 100 in very little time.

The quick fire 92-run partnership gave Collie a defendable total of 246.

Best Batsmen: Greg Tomasini 122 not out, Blair Malatesta 39, Bailey Moloney 27.

The Collie bowling attack was slightly under manned with Steve Ireland, Ryan Loxton and Matt Tanner unavailable and Kent unable to bowl through injury.

Jason Borrett and Sidhu used the new ball well but Capel seemed in control.

Steady wickets were falling but Capel kept the run rate up and at 5-182 they looked in control.

Collie brought on Hayes and dried up the runs which brought some pressure onto Capel.

A run out from Moloney turned the tide of the game and with a couple of wickets to Hayes, Collie were back in the game at 8-220.

Borrett came back into the attack and managed to clean up the tail to give Collie a win by 15 runs ensuring they keep second spot on the table.

Best Bowlers: Tyson Hayes 4 for 46 from 9, Jason Borrett 2 for 41 from 10, Gagan Sidhu 1 for 33 from 10.

C-grade

Collie won the toss and elected to bat against top of the ladder Hay Park.

Hay Park’s bowling attack was fierce as they went through Collie batters.

Outstanding for Collie was Joshua Fraser who scored 40 from 52 balls.

There were only two other batters who made double digits – Matthew Reuben with 12 and Matt Tanner with 10 – while four batters made ducks.

Collie were all out in the 24th over for 79.

Hay Park’s batsmen made light work chasing down Collie’s runs in only 17.2 overs, only losing two wickets.

Tanner took one wicket when he bowled opener Jason Reid for 13, while Trent Butcher had the other opener, Brant Softley, caught by Reuben for 26 with Hay Park needing just 12 more runs to win.

It was easily done as Hay Park finished 2/82 to stay on top of the ladder.

The loss was Collie’s seventh in a row since it beat Hay Park in November last year, and dropped the team to sixth on the ladder.

Collie will be hoping to reclaim its form after the fortnight break when it travels to take on Dalyellup Beach on February 2.