Helensburgh captain Mitch McCrae has praised Chris Macnamara for rescuing his side in their victory over Wests on Saturday.
Macnamara entered the bowling attack with his side on the back foot as they looked to defend 230, but he quickly turned the game on its head. The off spinner rolled through the Wests batting lineup, finishing with figures of 7/23 as the Devils were bowled out for 105.
“He came on when we were under the pump, they were around 0/60.” McCrae said. “He’s real experienced, no matter the situation, he knows his game and he always has a plan. He got two quick wickets and they kept coming for him.”
Macnamara’s heroics came after a 120 run partnership between Lachlan Brady, 46, and Lyndon James, 82, laid the foundation for a first innings total of 5/230.
“They did a great job, they got us through the tough period early in the innings and batted really well together. They set up a good platform and we were able to get a few runs late in the innings to get past 200.”
In other matches, Rob Fisher, 91, led Balgownie to a three wicket victory over Corrimal and Dapto opener Blake Huard, 74, set the tone for a big victory over Port Kembla.
A five wicket haul to Nicholas Bell ensured Keira maintained their unblemished record. The Lions reached 9/217 before the bowlers skittled Northern Districts for 79.
At North Dalton, a 153 run opening wicket partnership between Kieran Gray, 106, and Michael Arblaster, 82, led Wollongong to a 39 run victory over University.