Sunday, January 8th, 2023


Ben Gibbon – Willetton CC, Australia

Pace bowler Ben Gibbon made a successful return to action for Willetton after the festive break, and his three wickets helped them to a 69-run win over Rockingham-Mandurah in a Western Australia Cricket Association first grade encounter.

The left-armer took the new ball and conceded two boundaries in his first over but made the initial breakthrough when he had Wesley Steele caught at short mid-wicket with 14 on the board.

Gibbon’s first spell produced figures of 4-2-10-1, and, after swapping ends to bowl two overs for 12 runs, he returned for a final burst of 4-2-2-2 which included two wickets in two balls, both clean bowled.

Rockingham-Mandurah closed their 50 overs on 222-9, and Gibbon finished with excellent figures of 10-4-24-3.

His efforts helped Willetton secure a fifth win in nine games, and they are lying in fifth spot, with the top six going into the knockout stages.

Earlier, openers Kallen Bond (105) and Iszak Milentis (108) had put on 177 for the first wicket as Willetton totalled 291-6 after being put into bat.

Gibbon and Willetton experienced different fortunes in the following day’s WACA Premier T20 quarter-final with visiting Gosnells.

Willetton totalled 135-8 after being put in, and then Gibbon bowled his first three overs for just 11 runs.

But in the 20th and final over, he conceded a four and six off the final two deliveries and finished with 4-0-25-0, as Gosnells reached 138-5 to go through to the semi-finals.

Taylor Cornall & Dillob Pennington – Adelaide CC, Australia

Worcestershire opener, Taylor Cornall, received his Adelaide cap from New Road team-mate Dillon Pennington ahead of the opening day of the South Australia Cricket Association first grade encounter match with Sturt.

Cornall made 27 off 75 balls with two boundaries and put on 45 for the first wicket with Tejas Gill (26), who was dismissed by Worcestershire pace bowler Adam Finch, who was playing his first game of the winter for Sturt.

All of the Adelaide top five scored between 25 and 40, but they were dismissed for 186 in 80.2 overs after electing to bat, with Finch giving little away and having figures of 13.2-6-18-1.

Pennington bowled four overs for 14 runs as Sturt reached 47-1 off 13 over sin reply, with the two-day match to be concluded next weekend. 

Gareth Roderick – Green Point, South Africa

Keeper-batter, Gareth Roderick, struck 38 off 50 balls with one six and four fours for Green Point CC in their Western Province Cricket Association Premier Division encounter with Western Province CC.

Green Point captain Roderick came in at 82-2 and was fifth out with the total on 145 as his side were dismissed for 171 in 48.1 overs.

Western Province achieved a five-wicket win, reaching 175-5 in 36.1 overs.

Henry Cullen – Plenty Valley CC, Australia

Henry Cullen (0) was part of the Plenty Valley side beaten by six wickets by home side Coburg in the Victoria Cricket Association encounter as they raced to their 171 target after only 31 overs.