Irish star dominant again as Hannans foil Lake View in EGCA clash
Hannans will carry a three-game winning sequence into a top-of-the-table clash this weekend after Graham Kennedy on Saturday produced more bowling heroics to highlight the team’s A-grade victory over Lake View in the Eastern Goldfields Cricket Association.
Despite being dismissed for a modest 148 in 46.4 overs, Hannans grabbed a sixth victory against the last-placed defending premiers on the back of Kennedy’s match-winning 6-32.
With the 2023-24 season barely at its halfway mark, the Irish international boast 26 wickets.
It included 14 wickets after four matches, with his lone “off-day” occurring in a round-five loss against Great Boulder when he finished with 1-50.
Kennedy fought back with 1-0 a week later against North Kalgoorlie, and his past two matches have produced combined figures of 10-34.
Hannans player-coach Matt Ralph hopes Kennedy’s purple patch and the group’s generally good form continues this Saturday against Great Boulder, who have inflicted each of their two losses.
“He (Kennedy) is extremely important,” Ralph said.
“But probably the most important aspect of yesterday (Saturday) was that he didn’t make any runs and we still managed to put up a total and get the job done.
“We know we can get the job done without him and we’ll welcome back a couple of blokes this weekend (against Great Boulder) which should mean we’re mostly at full strength.
“It all comes down to the fact that everyone is pretty focused on this game and we’re putting a couple of plans in place.
“We’ve built ourselves a pretty strong foundation to start the season and now we just have to build on it.”
Lake View’s run chase was led by Sean Terry’s 28 off 31 balls, underpinned by five fours and a six, from the No. 4 spot.
Several others got starts, but it was ultimately left to vice-captain David Forrest (29 runs off 35 balls; five fours) to carry most of the work load at No. 8.
Viraj Nair was the main support for Kennedy with 2-27 when the Viewers were dismissed for 139 runs in 42.2 overs.
Hannans’ 148 was highlighted by Josh Gorman’s 34 runs off 45 balls as Terry grabbed 3-30.
Second-placed Hannans are a game adrift of Great Boulder with Lake View fourth with one win.
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