17 October, 2022
Boorman brings Atherton over the line
ATHERTON’S first grade has scraped by with two wickets to spare and secure their first win of the 50 over competition after they hosted Rovers at home for the third instalment of the Muoio-Ferguson trophy.
After winning the toss Atherton put Rovers into bat, looking to strike early and not let the top order settle in for the coming 50 overs.
A menacing opening part-nership was broken by a superb direct hit run out from Logan Poggioli before Rovers middle order resettled and begun scoring at a decent pace.
Rovers ended up posting a score on 212 after their allotted 50 overs and Atherton had a big chase ahead of them against the Rovers bowling attack.
Two early ducks put Atherton on the back foot before Chris Adams and Tom Boorman started the comeback but just as they were starting to dominate the Rovers attack, Adams fell and the middle order soon followed plunging Atherton to 7/70.
Throughout the carnage, Boorman remained in control and found a willing ally in Angus Vikionkorpi, playing just his second first grade game.
Angus dug in with his captain to add 56 runs before tick-ling a leg side delivery to the keeper, Angus’s father Ben then came to the crease and played superbly, showing great patience and punishing the loose balls.
At the other end Boorman was an immoveable object and finished with 105 runs not out, his crisp driving and savage pull shots took him to his century in just 94 balls, the pair put on an unbroken stand of 88 runs to take Atherton to a rousing victory with 10 overs to spare and two wickets in hand.
Now Atherton will travel down to Trinity Beach to face off against Barron at Crathern Park on Saturday from 10am.