WBCA T20: Forestry defeat Pemberton in the final round at Pemberton Oval

Kayne AitkenManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Forestry's Connor Ipsen hits a cracking 6.
Camera IconForestry's Connor Ipsen hits a cracking 6. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Forestry racked up several wins against Northcliffe and Pemberton at Pemberton Oval last Saturday in the first weekend of the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association’s new T20 fixtures.

In the last game of the day, Forestry won the toss and elected to bat against the in-form Pemberton.

Pemberton started on fire with Nic Mills (2-39) removing the dangerous Zimbabwean Duncan Wells (4).

A game-winning 129-run partnership between Reece Edwards (52) and Dan Ward (73) put Forestry in a commanding position.

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Late hitting from Ipsen (23) set a commanding 6-216 for the powerhouse side.

Mills was pick of the bowlers, however, young juniors Byron Sebire (1-22) and Hayden Wilson (0-21) showed Pemberton’s future in cricket looks bright.

With a massive total needed, Gary Mills (81) and Nic Mills (15) put Forestry on the backfoot early during Pemberton’s innings.

The partnership of 46 was the start needed, until Ward (1-28) sent Mills back to the grandstand.

Mills continued to punish Forestry’s bowlers, hitting boundaries and showing his class rotating the strike.

Steady wickets continually fell at the other end until Mills fell to a fine catch on the boundary from Ipsen off the bowling of Smith (3-31).

Another young junior Charlie Wilson (1-7) will be pushing his case for selection next weekend, with fine fielding and bowling performance on debut.

Pemberton fell short by 86 runs though the game was played in good spirits.

On the day, Forestry also defeated Northcliffe by nine wickets who also suffered a loss to Pemberton by 54 runs.

The T20 games will continue Next week with all nine games to be held at Collier Street Sporting Complex.

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