Heroic efforts mark SWC

INDIVIDUAL brilliance abounded in round 13 of the South West Cricket season on Saturday, with some heroic performances with bat and ball.

Heytesbury Rebels opener Simon Harkness scored his second century for the season when he clouted an unbeaten 125 in his team’s win over Simpson.

Four wickets to Brad Hallyburton helped the Rebels bowl the Tigers out for 142, a target they reeled in, with Harkness’ century leading his team to 4-208.

Bookaar was also on the winners’ list thanks to an outstanding solo performance from all-rounder Simon Baker who put on a show of his own against Woorndoo.

Baker made 64 at the top of the order to help the Pelicans to 9-216 from their 50 overs.

He then produced a magic spell with the ball, finishing with the incredible figures of 6-4 off 10 overs as Woordnoo crashed to be all out for just 38.

The brilliance of Baker had much to do with the game being over by drinks. Bookaar captain Fraser Lucas said he was thrilled with Baker’s performance.

“He is probably one of the oldest players in the competition but also still one of the best,” Lucas said.

“We had a plan to bowl on the one spot and Simon did that perfectly and got the rewards.

“We did well after being 7-140 at one stage with the bat and to recover and get over 200 helped set up the win.”

A well-constructed 75 not out from captain Patrick Heffernan was not enough to give Boorcan victory in its  game against Pomborneit.

Heffernan added some meat to the score when the Dragons batted first and made 123, but it was never going to be enough. Pomborneit replied with 245, Darcy Skene top-scoring with 73.

The bowlers were the story in Mortlake’s win over Cobden, with neither team being able to get going with the bat in hand.

Cobden was bowled out  first for just 88.  In reply, Mortlake used its 50 overs to finish on 7-134 to claim victory.

A day out with the bat from veteran Bernie Harris led Noorat to a good win over Terang on the Terang turf wicket.

Harris came in at number four and hit an unbeaten 81 to lead the way in Noorat’s score of 8-251.

The Noorat bowlers then did their job efficiently, dismissing Terang for 181 in the 41st over.

abrady@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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