Hanwood takes out timed game against Diggers in GDCA first grade

After a tough start to the season, Hanwood has picked up their first win of the season when they took on Diggers at Exies No 1 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of timed matches.

After Hanwood won the toss and elected to bat it was a shaky start when they lost captain Dean Catanzariti (0), Luke Shannon (1) and Charlie Cunial (0) falling to the bowling of Ben Watts to have them on 3/14 after three overs.

Brad Hornery and Ryan McWhirter (7) lead a middle order fightback with a 26-run partnership before Luke Peruzzi dismissed McWhirter when he was caught by Leon Vico.

The fall of wicket brought Jamie Whitworth to the crease, and with Hornery they worked to get a competitive total on the board.

It was a 109-run partnership saw the score reach 149 before Whitworth and Hornery fell in quick succession as Watts picked up both wickets and with it a five-wicket haul.

Lower order contribution from Cameron McWhirter (12), Todd Argus (17) and James Cimador (12) saw Hanwood eventually bowled out for 211 off 43.3 overs.

Tom Valeri (7) and Watts (24) tried to get Diggers off to a decent start with a 20-run opening partnership before Dean Wynne (3/25) struck to remove Valeri.

Captain Theo Valeri (0) and Ben Watts fell in quick succession with Cunial (3/44) and Wynne taking the wickets to have Diggers sitting at 3/34.

Jason Hampel was the leader for Diggers as they tried to hold on until the end of the day but with no partners able to hand around it was an uphill battle facing the Diggers.

Catanzariti joined the wicket-taking party dismissing Ron Watts (9), Leon Vico (0), Blake Ritorto (6) and Hampel (56) to finish with figures of 4/35.

With the score on 8/109 when Hampel fell, Simon Miller (13) and Luke Peruzzi (2) tried to save the game for Diggers.

The pair lasted four overs before Miller was caught by James Cimador off the bowling of Wynne before Peruzzi was dismissed an over later with Cunial picking up his third of the game meaning Hanwood picked up the first innings win with a lead of 86.