9 October, 2023

Atherton takes first win over Mulgrave

TAKING home their first win of the season, Atherton Cricket is feeling the heat after taking down “one of the strongest teams”, Mulgrave, over the weekend, 171-163.

Atherton’s Ben Vikionkorpi playing against Mulgrave over the weekend.
Atherton’s Ben Vikionkorpi playing against Mulgrave over the weekend.

After losing the toss, Atherton was sent to bat against two representative players, taking two early wickets. 

Thrown back, the team wasn’t feeling confident until Alex Nassar stepped up with Mason Blaney, forming an undefeatable partnership. 

“Alex Nassar made 47, and Mason Blaney made 39, so they had a big partnership which got us back in the game,” captain Tom Boorman said. 

“We thought 200 would be a good score, but we got lost in a flurry of wickets at the end and only made 171.”

Coming into the second half, Mulgrave came in to bat confident, with their batter Matthew Wilkins ready to take on Boorman. 

With lightning speed, Boorman got him out – a personal victory for the captain.

“He was looking pretty dangerous, so it felt really good to get him out,” he said.

“From there, we just kept taking regular wickets. Blaney bowled really well again, and so did young Charlie Lawrence, who made his debut.”

This weekend, Atherton is set to take on last year’s premiers, Norths, with a strong focus on keeping their head in the game. 

“We will be focusing on the next one, which is a home game against Norths … we will try and take the confidence from the weekend into the next one,” Boorman said. 

North’s will travel to Loder Park this weekend to play Atherton, with the game kicking off at 12.30pm. 


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