Rebels encounter tough weekend

Bayley Thompson sends down a delivery
during the Heytesbury Rebels’ eight wicket loss to Mortlake on Saturday.

HEYTESBURY Rebels suffered losses in both of their Twenty20 outings on Saturday.

The Rebels ventured to Camperdown Showgrounds to take on Mortlake and Bookaar, but in a tough day, they suffered eight and seven wicket defeats.

Against the Cats, Travis Brown (27) and Hamish Huffadine (55) got the Rebels’ innings off to a flyer before Paul Vogels (37) and Simon Harkness (18 not out) scored freely towards the end of the innings.

Together, they ensured the Rebels had a competitive total of 4/163 on the board, however, they proved to be a few short as Mortlake openers Tyler Schafer (66) and Shane Slater (44) quickly built the Cats’ innings.

They shared a 123 run partnership for the opening wicket, which effectively killed off the Rebels’ hopes, with Mortlake then able to pass the total two wickets down in the 19th over.

Tom Hunt (1/24) was Heytesbury’s sole wicket taker, while Vogels chipped in with a run-out.

The Rebels were then unable to replicate their earlier batting performance in their match against Bookaar, with the Pelicans restricting them to 9/107 from 20 overs.

The wickets fell regularly, including on the very first ball of the match, with the Rebels unable to score as freely.

Harkness (24) and Chris Dendle (24 not out) joint top-scored for their side, and Brown added 19.

In reply, Bookaar made a fast start and even though the Rebels were able to gain a couple of breakthroughs, the Pelicans passed the target with seven wickets in hand in the 16th over.

Hunt (1/14), Noah Ackerley (1/14) and Vogels (1/20) each took a wicket, with the Rebels now looking to bounce back against Pomborneit and Noorat at Noorat this weekend.

In division two, the Rebels split their two matches for the day, losing to Simpson before defeating Cobden.

The Rebels bowled the Tigers out for 115 in the opening match, but were unable to chase down the runs, dismissed for 85 in the final over.

Sam Newey (24), Lewy Brown (18) and Scott Thompson (15) were the only players to reach double figures, while Simon Illingworth (2/22) and Ben Ludeman (2/25) each took two wickets.

The Rebels then compiled 5/171 against the Knights, before dismissing Cobden for 97 in reply.

Newey (37 not out) and Illingworth (36) both made above 30, while Scott Thompson (28), Adrian Vogels (22) and Gavan Rundle (22) also made solid knocks.

With the ball, Steven Crees (3/17) and Lewy Brown (2/8) took multiple wickets, and Brad Hallyburton (1/10), Illingworth (1/10) and Luke Smith (1/16) each took one.

The Rebels will play Princetown and Ecklin at Princetown this Saturday.

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