Waller's century leads Broadwater to victory

Graham Waller crashed his second century against Crawley Down this season as Broadwater Cricket Club cruised to a 70-run win on Saturday.

Thursday, 7th July 2016, 11:30 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:09 am
Graham Waller struck a second century against Crawley Down this season on Saturday

Waller, who hit 103 as his side were bowled out for 230, followed up his opening day ton against the same opponent.

After being bowled out for 230, four wickets each from James Iago and Graham Merritt-Blann help skittled Down out for 160 in response.

A fifth success of the season for Broadwater now sees them open up a 47-point lead at the summit over Ram.

Despite being so far clear at the top, skipper Nigel Waller just wants his team to take each game as it comes.

He said: “It was another really good performance from us on Saturday.

“Crawley Down are a good side but we did well in every department.

“It was the first time we have batted first in a match all season, so to get the win batting first was pleasing.

“Both Graham Merritt-Blann and Graham Waller batted well, while everyone impressed with the ball.

“Our first aim at the start of this season was to better last year’s league finish and we look like doing that.

“We are just going to take each game as it comes and keep enjoying our cricket.”

After being stuck in, Graham Waller lead the way with a magnificent century.

Along with Waller, Merritt-Blann struck 55 after returning to the crease following a blow to the head.

Skipper Nigel Waller struck 23 down the order before his side were all out for 230 in 45.4 overs.

Both Steve Ward and Warren Barker took three wickets for Crawley Down.

Iago ripped through Down’s top-order to put Broadwater in the driving seat.

Steve Morley (33), Barker (six), Ward (nought) and Stuart Simmonds (four) all fell to Iago as Down were in trouble.

Liam Lindsay ended unbeaten on 62 but he failed to find anyone to stay with him and his side were all out for 160 in the end.

As well as four wickets each for Iago and Merritt-Blann, Bob Reynolds took one in a comprehensive win.

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