GERALDTON FLEX MUSCLE WITH TIMELY GILLINGHAM KNOCK
A dominant performance this afternoon has helped Geraldton to maintain third spot on the Alcohol Think Again Junior Country Week A-section 14s table, after a one-hundred and fifty run win over Busselton-Margaret River at Coker Park. Geraldton captain Kade Gillingham won the toss and elected to bat, with his call seeing his side make a solid start with opening pair Toby Keeffe and Jake Williams putting on (39) runs for the first wicket.
Busselton-Margaret River bowler Jack Brockliss made the initial breakthrough after having Keeffe brilliantly caught for (19) whilst Oliver Carlyle & Evan Codalonga fought hard with two and one wicket each, which included the vital scalp of Thomas Mackay (17) who was removed by Carlyle. Geraldton finished their innings with a commanding total of 5-235 with skipper Gillingham (74) the absolute standout whilst Oliver Carlyle was the shining light for Busselton-Margaret River attack with 2-14 from four overs.
In reply Busselton-Margaret River got off to a catastrophic start losing Darcy Bailey, Art Harvey and captain Jack Brockliss cheaply to slump to 3-5, with Geraldton gun Mitchell Thompson doing the early damage. A band of two wicket-takers combined to demolish the Busselton-Margaret River batting order with the next seven batsmen falling for 80 runs, Oliver Carlyle (17), Matthew Hunt (26) providing the only resistance. Mitchell Thompson led the Geraldton attack superbly with 6-20 from his eight overs.
A reflective Busselton-Margaret River out for 85 in 32 overs after being dismantled by a much stronger Geraldton outfit. Geraldton will meet Bunbury & Districts on the final day of the carnival whilst the winless Busselton-Margaret River will play Eastern Goldfields as they look to finish the tournament with a victory.