Parndana defeat Western Districts

Parndana have defeated Western Districts in the return of cricket to the Island, by four wickets.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, on the smaller Parndana School Oval, Western Districts had an interrupted start to their innings.

Three deliveries in, it was discovered that Parndana Captain Matthew Cooper had brought the wrong sized ball, and a change was required.

After that minor interruption, the game began in earnest. Parndana's openers bowled well to begin, with Boyle caught behind to May and Whale having his stumps disturbed by Smith (3/25) before the sixth over had been bowled.

Morrison (31) however, was seeing it well, which ended up causing another break in play as Bailey Gaskin was told to retrieve the ball as it was floating about five metres south of the northern dam bank. An over later, Western Districts found some luck, as Smith hit Morrison's off stump, but failed to dislodge the bail. Reports were the ball deviated more off the stump than it did for Boyle's edge nine overs earlier, but the bail remained steadfast in the groove. Morrison was unable to capitalise however, as he was caught off a slower delivery two ball later. Morris (31) continued to tick the score over.

Larcombe came and went and it was a stunning return catch by Cooper two balls before drinks that saw the back of Morris, leaving Western Districts 5/81 at the halfway mark. Cooper struck again, before Isaac Trethewey took his first of the day, leaving Western Districts in trouble at 7/83. But it was 28 run stand between Howard and Henry Hammat (25*) that steadied the ship for Western Districts. Hammat ended up running out of partners, as Western Districts were bowled out for 127.

Defending only 127, the Saints had to take early wickets. Ethan Trethewey fell to Morris (2/18), then he also had Havelberg caught by Morgan, trying to force the issue early. When Corey Hammat had the dangerous Zac Trethewey out, Parndana were reeling at 3/26. It took a steadying Partnership between Damian Trethewey (20) and Florance (43), but Larcombe had Trethewey hopping across his stumps and took leg, leaving Parndana at 4/53.

McMulkin and Florance saw Parndana to drinks and passed, with McMulkin playing a supporting role as Florance looked to take on the shorter boundaries straight. McMulkin fell to Morrison, looking to open up and then Florance to Henry Hammat, from a brilliant outfield catch by Downing. At 6/99, it could have been worse for Parndana, as May was dropped on 1.

He went on to make the most of his chance, with 29* coming from only 23 deliveries, as he saw Parndana home and into the double chance position.