A century to Alec Baldwin and five wickets to Jono Cook helped deliver a win for First Grade against Campbelltown-Camden during Round 12 of the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.
The First Grade fixture coincided with Back to Pratten Day and the Wests new guard gave the old boys plenty of reasons to cheer.
Batting first, Wests hit 8 declared 307. Opening batsmen Isaac Taylor (54) and Tom Burt (21) set the tone with a 77 run opening stand, only to fall within a few runs of one another.
However, the Ghosts’ joy was brief with Alec Baldwin and Nick Cutler adding 121 runs in an entertaining third wicket stand.
Baldwin, who represented ACT/NSW Country at the U/19 Champs earlier this season, went on to post 123 not out – his first century for the summer. He struck 11 fours and three sixers while Nick Cutler scored 56 to help set up the 300-plus total.
A declaration late in the day proved fruitful with the James Shepherd picking up two wickets before stumps.
After surely a restful night’s sleep, the bowlers returned the following day to finish the job. Led by 5-27 from Jono Cook and 3-54 from Shepherd, Wests dismissed their rivals for 149 before enforcing the follow-on in search for outright points.
However, despite losing early wickets, Campbelltown-Camden held on to finish the game on 5-149, with Shepherd and Cook adding two wickets each to their already impressive match tallies.
Firsts were the only grade to play a Two Day match in Round 12 with the remaining four grades engaged in 50 over cricket.
Second Grade suffered a narrow loss, going down by just seven runs. Anton Makaroff (38) did his best to get Wests over the line but after running low on partners, he was the last wicket to fall.
Third Grade smashed their rivals by 143 runs. Batting first, the Magpies hit 7-245 from 50 overs with Tane Nunn (67), Jack Thomas (36), Peter Holland (28) and Colin Barry (28) the top scorers. Campbelltown-Camden were then bowled out for 102 in 29 overs.
Fourth Grade lost by six wickets after scoring 8-189 on the back of runs from Billy Gaunt (52), Marisu Levitt (36), Andrew Gordon (25) and Mandeep Oberoi (20). Campbelltown-Camden reached the victory target in 35.1 overs.
In the final match of the round, Fifth Grade lost their One Day clash by 26 runs. Toby Kiely was the pick of the Wests players with a double of 47 runs and three wickets.