Blackstars too good for Western Bulls

HOWZAT: Blackstars batsman Alistair Baker was give out LBW in their game against Western Bulls on the weekend.
HOWZAT: Blackstars batsman Alistair Baker was give out LBW in their game against Western Bulls on the weekend.

Blackstars notched up another comfortable win as their defence of the Mount Isa T40 cricket premiership continues.

The premiers were too good for the Western Bulls in a high scoring game on a hot Saturday morning at Captain Cook Oval.

Blackstars won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Blackstars openers were scoring freely and came in for the first drinks break without loss at 6 runs per over.

Most of the Blackstars batsman got off to a good start but no one really went on to post a big total chasing quick runs.

Blackstars scored 9 for 306 off their 40 overs with top scorer Andrew Lawrenson making 65.

Andy Cullis (34) and Alistair Baker (32) were also among the runs.

Best bowlers for the Western Bulls were K. Anderson with 3 for 37 and R. Ali with 3 for 50.

Western Bulls got off to a good start with Nick Donker finding the boundary regularly.

Donker made an impressive century on his way to a top score of 121 runs.

Unfortunately Western Bulls were unable to sustain any partnerships with Nick as regular wickets fell.

F. Khan (25) and Naren Ramachandren (22) were the next highest scorers for the Western Bulls but they fell short when all out for 215.

Best bowlers for Blackstars were Alistair Baker (3 for 47) with J. Stewart and Ash Benson taking two wickets each.

Blackstars won the match by 91 runs.

The result follows on from a loss the previous week against perennial rivals Townview.

Off the back of a big score from Luke Henry (72) with support from C. Jones (49) and Dale Roberts (40) Townview made a score of 5/240.

Best of the bowlers was D. Munns with 2/29.

In the run chase Blackstars always fell short.

J. Stewart made 51 runs but only Andy Cullis (28) and Andrew Lawrenson (24) scored more than 20 runs.

They were skittled for 199 in the 32nd over.

For the bowling side Billy Baillie did a lot of the damage with fine figures of 4/46.

He was ably supported by Adam Moes with 3/34 and B. Leyson also chipped in with 2/25