Dawson’s gr-eight in Wickers’ home win

Craig Dawson took eight wickets for Southwick in their win against Brighton & Hove 3rd
Craig Dawson took eight wickets for Southwick in their win against Brighton & Hove 3rd

CRAIG DAWSON blew Brighton & Hove’s third team away to ensure Southwick Cricket Club got back to winning ways on Saturday.

Dawson returned incredible figures of eight for 32 in 12 overs to ensure Wickers defended 127 in their Division 3 encounter.

His haul was made all the more remarkable as Dawson was a wicketkeeper three seasons ago.

Southwick vice-captain Paul Grennan was blown away by his performance and said: “It was just an incredible bowling display from Craig.

“He just totally blitzed their batting line-up and ensured we won the game.

“After being bowled out for 127, we knew it was going to take something special for us to win and Craig produced that.

“He just got on a run and was unstoppable.

“I think the team were in disbelief at what they were seeing. It’s a massive win for us and we need to kick on now.”

Wickers skipper Russell Martin decided to bat first but only he and Tom Pask made scores of note.

Martin fell for 24, while Pask made 44 as Southwick were bowled out for 127 in 31.5 overs.

With such a low total to defend, Wickers needed something special.

It did not look good for them as Brighton’s openers Dave Marks (21) and Kieran Buck (40) put the visitors in a commanding position.

However, Dawson turned in a superb individual performance to ensure Southwick ended a three-game winless run.

Southwick host third-from-bottom Belgrave Adelaide on Saturday.

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