Next gen steer Bucks to win
Roebuck’s young guns have helped build their club the foundations for a successful season after dispatching Mangrove in a close finish.
Roebuck and Mangrove faced off at Male Oval in round four of Broome Cricket Association’s A-grade competition on Sunday, when Roebuck elected to bat first.
The opening partnership of Tom Sherer and Max Virgo showed signs of a winning formula, with the pair smashing plenty of fours and sixes early on.
It was not until the 10th over that the first wicket fell when Sherer was stumped by Bryon Little for 38 runs.
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Determined not to let Roebuck amass a large tally, Mangrove dispatched Tom Money for eight runs, followed by Brad Marris for five and Ryley Alexander for a duck.
After 20 overs, Roebuck finished on 4-130 with Virgo top scoring and unbeaten on 51. Matt Sear was 12 not out.
Mangrove’s Tom Chapman collected two wickets, while fellow bowlers Farley Murton and Matthew Jarvie managed a wicket each.
At the change, it was clear Mangrove had a big task ahead of them.
Despite a couple of big hits during the first five overs, Jarvis Black was the first casualty, run out for just four runs. Things started to look promising for Mangrove as Bradley Lovell took the crease looking to repeat his success with Liam Bagnall from round three.
However, it was not to be, with Lovell caught out by Kevin Collard for 20 runs.
Although Bagnall gave Mangrove something to cheer about by reaching his half-century, the celebration was short-lived when he was caught by Virgo for 55.
The match came down to the wire late as Mangrove got closer and closer to their target.
However, Roebuck managed to hold on after Fletcher Ghandour was bowled out for 17 and Mangrove fell 13 runs short on 4/118 after 20 overs.
Elsewhere, Dirty Dozen bounced back from their round three loss with a win over Wanderers at Nipper Roe Oval.
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