Gauna Smashes Century For Wests Illawarra, Baba Takes Wickets And Rika Gets Runs

Wicketkeeper/batsman Maciu Gauna has scored an unbeaten century for Wests Illawarra in his debut innings in Australian club cricket. 

The innings was enough to lift Wests 3rd Grade team to an outright victory in their game against Port Kembla.

Port Kembla batted first on a rain affected pitch after losing the toss and the Wests bowlers took full advantage of the moist pitch conditions to dismiss them for just 108 runs. 

Gauna's keeping was tidy as he claimed one catch and a run out in the innings as well as conceding no byes.

While his keeping was good the fireworks really started when Gauna came in to bat.  Batting at number 3 he came to the wicket with the score at 1 for 30 and proceeded to put on a 140 run partnership with James Donlan.

His innings, which was scored in quickfire fashion, included 12 fours and 3 sixes.

Upon reaching his century in just the 27th over of the innings Wests declared at 2 for 184 with Gauna unbeaten on 100.

The Wests bowlers then completed the rout by dismissing Port Kembla for just 34 in their second innings with Gauna taking a catch and a stumping to round out an impressive display by the young Blues keeper.

Jo Baba's game this weekend was a mix of the good and the bad as he made his debut for Wests 1st Grade team.  Batting first on a wet pitch Wests were all out for 79 with Baba contributing  just 3 runs to the score.

However, opening the bowling he claimed the teams best bowling figures on the day of 2 for 28 off 12 overs as Port Kembla cruised to 5 for 168.

All up it has been an impressive start for the two Blues players as they settle in to their playing stint at Wests and hopefully it is a sign of things to come.

Meanwhile, Joe Rika has scored a half century in his first match for Western Districts Cricket Club in Brisbane.

Arriving in Brisbane just two days be fore the match commenced he was selected in 5th Grade (come on selectors, he's far better than that) and scored a gritty 55 against Norths that helped his team to a first innings win.

Chasing 139, Rika came in at number 4 and scored his half century under overcast conditions that assisted the bowlers on a seaming pitch at Sandgate Oval. 

Let's hope the runs will see Joe move up the grades in coming weeks as the selectors get a chance to see what Joe is capable of producing.


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