Spinner’s 6-31 buoys Cobden in SWC loss

TEENAGE leg-spinner Johnathan Benallack shone on a dark day for Cobden.

Benallack snared a career-best 6-31 against Heytesbury Rebels in South West Cricket’s top grade on Saturday.

Cobden suffered a six-wicket loss to the Rebels but Benallack’s efforts gave skipper Brett Goonan something to cheer about.

“He bowls a lot of over-spin,  which means he gets a lot of bounce and that surprises a lot of boys,” Goonan said.

“His good balls were getting wickets.

“What he has to do is eliminate the loose ones but you forget he is a 15-year-old kid and is learning the game.

“He did well and got some big wickets and some of their better batsmen.”

Goonan said Benallack, also a talented footballer, had developed his game this season.

“He is a terrific kid and enthusiastic in the field,” he said.

“He has a great set of hands too so he has a bright future.”

Goonan rued Cobden’s batting effort.

It was dismissed for 95, which gave Heytesbury the match momentum.

“We thought it wasn’t enough. I would have liked another 30 or 40 more,” Goonan said.

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