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Northcliffe collapse at home as Bridgetown run riot in latest round of Warren-Blackwood Cricket Association

Darcy WalshManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown's Ben McAlinden strikes a four.
Camera IconBridgetown's Ben McAlinden strikes a four. Credit: Ben Loughran/Manjimup Bridgetown Times

Northcliffe have collapsed at home to Bridgetown after being bowled out for 56 runs in wet conditions on Saturday.

Bridgetown travelled to Northcliffe on Saturday on the back of two consecutive wins with the endeavour to square the ledger against Northcliffe on their home deck.

After winning the toss, Northcliffe decided to bat in wet and overcast conditions.

Bridgetown opening bowlers Simon Duncan (2/8) and Laurence Grant (1/14) bowled with accuracy and venom to have the home team under pressure 3-12.

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Brian McGregor (12) was the only batsman that showed any resistance before Bridgetown’s new wonder kid Brendon White tore through the middle order taking 5-4 off six overs, with a superb spell. Northcliffe finished with 56 off 25 overs.

With a below-par total, captain Darcy Walsh unleashed Bridgetown’s bash brothers and they made like work of the total.

With the out-of-form Ben McAlinden, being bowled in his last six innings, the team was surprised to see any runs come from his bat.

Both James (61) and Ben (38) timed the ball superbly to put on 91 before Ben was bowled.

This set the platform for Matt Tassos (26) and Simon Duncan (36) to take the total to 204 as the game meandered to an uneventful finish.

With seven ducks in the game, selectors on both sides will be looking at their squads in an effort to win their next games.

As the Christmas and New Year’s byes arrive both sides will be training hard looking forward to the next game in the New Year where Northcliffe will take on Manjimup at Collier and Bridgetown will play Pemberton in a crucial game.

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