SWC GALLERY: Bookaar’s opening batsmen dismantle Boorcan

A SIMON Baker ton helped Bookaar to a 10-wicket thumping of Boorcan in South West Cricket on Saturday. 

Baker smashed 138 at the top of the order and shared in a 196-run opening stand with Lachlan Green (85).

Boorcan struggled with the bat, posting 9-107 and Bookaar chased it down in 17 overs on its way to 3-314.

Bookaar captain Fraser Lucas said Baker and Green set the standard.

“Early on the boys picked out quite a lot of gaps and were able to put them through there and build a score,” he said.

“They didn’t do anything stupid. They kept their heads and punished the bad ball.”

Lucas said Baker’s innings was smart and attacking. 

“Simon, on his day, is one of the hardest batsmen to get out and I think he gave them a chance on 30,” Lucas said.

“It was a gettable chance and from that point on Simon made them pay.

“It was one of those days where he was on and everything fell his way.

“He was pretty much unstoppable.”

Lucas praised Green for his contribution.

“Lachie pretty much took an arm-chair ride off Bakes and sat back and let Simon do the attacking and then built his innings throughout and was unlucky not to make triple figures,” he said. 

Clinton Fitzgerald was the best of the Bookaar bowlers, taking 4-18.

Number seven batsman Luke Heffernan (21) and tailender Ben Harty (19) added some respectability to Boorcan’s miserly total.

“Everyone was switched on to get out and get wickets quickly,” Lucas said.

“Credit to their last two blokes, who top scored.

“They tried to hang around a bit. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get 10 wickets.”

Terang won a low-scoring battle against Mortlake.

It cobbled together 122.

Mortlake’s Shane Salter (4-16) and Clinton Baker (2-8) tried their best with the ball. 

The Cats were restricted to 92 in reply, with eight batsmen failing to reach double figures.

Tim Keane (4-14) and Brandon Bant (3-14) did the damage with the ball for Terang.

Teenager leg-spinner Johnathan Benallack’s six-wicket haul wasn’t enough to help Cobden to a win against Heytesbury Rebels.

The Rebels celebrated a six-wicket win.

Cobden was bundled out for 95, with Chris Dendle snaring 4-30 for the winners.

Heytesbury Rebels chased down the total with six wickets in hand but Benallack’s 6-31 and Jackson Rock’s 2-6 kept the Rebels to 128.

Noorat recorded a 30-run win against Simpson, with Nick Kenna (53) and Michael Sargeant (60) the stars with the bat.

Simpson’s Brad Salmon tried to reel in Noorat’s 219, contributing 60 as his side mustered 189 in reply.

Pomborneit scored a seven-wicket win against Woorndoo.

The Bulls restricted the Tigers to 128 and had little trouble chasing.

Matthew Bignall (41), Dave Murphy (40) and Darcy Skene (45) all contributed with the bat as the Bulls posted 5-212.

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