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CRICKET: Troon beat plucky Wendron
DIVISION Three West leaders Troon proved too good in the end for Wendron on Saturday despite the host’s valiant effort.
In a match which was played out in full even with rain floating around, Troon’s second team bagged yet another win as they remain unbeaten in their league campaign.
The visitors were able to chase down the target of 211 set by Wendron at Underlane for the loss of six wickets, collecting 18 points in the process and opening up a 30 point gap at the top.
Away skipper Damien Trease won the toss and elected to field as overcast conditions paraded over the ground.
An early breakthrough was made by Troon as Wendron’s opening batsman and captain Tim Kitchen was bowled by Matthew Walker for four runs with the overall score on just seven.
Samuel Care and Antony Harris looked to be getting the better of Troon’s bowling as they brought the score up to 40. But then Care had to depart as Tom Mitchell caught the opener off Samuel Eva’s bowling for 11 runs.
Just when Wendron needed a big partnership to set up a decent score, they got it as Harris was joined by wicketkeeper Ryan Tresidder at the crease. The pair put on 112 runs for the third wicket partnership, bringing the total to 152.
Then Lewis Goldsworthy ended the stand as Shane Richards caught Harris as the number three bat eight short of a century.
This sparked a mini collapse as Tresidder was out caught behind for 31 off Jamie Goldsworthy just one run later, before George Whitbread was bowled by Richards for a duck with the score now reading 154-5.
It took a gritty 32 from Ryan Mitchell to get Wendron over the 200 mark, with the innings ending on 210-7.
The home side will have wanted early wickets to get their defence off to a great start and they got one L Goldsworthy was caught behind for nine off Kitchen after 16 runs had been scored between the opening duo.
But proceedings then slowed up for Wendron as Troon showed them why they have gone through the 2014 season without losing so far.
Walker and S Eva added 61 together for the second wicket before the latter was caught by Tresidder off R Whitbread’s bowling for 18.
A half century would be reached by opener Walker before he became another victim of R Whitbread for 60.
Another 50 for number four batter J Goldsworthy proved to be crucial too for Troon as he helped his side get up to 184-4 before finally being bowled by Kitchen for 52.
It was then left to Trease to score most of the remaining 27 runs needed to win with the away captain ending the day on 41 not out. Kitchen finished with the best bowling figures for the hosts, picking up three for 32 off 11.3 overs.
Up next for Wendron is a trip to Beacon on Saturday to play their second team.