Mid­land has win within its reach

Hills Gazette - - SPORT -

MID­LAND Guild­ford is just 66 runs shy of claim­ing a firstin­nings vic­tory fol­low­ing a pro­duc­tive first day on Satur­day against Scar­bor­ough at Ab­bett Park.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Scar­bor­ough found it­self in trou­ble early, los­ing 2-13.

How­ever, Nicholas Maiolo and Josh Philippe quickly stead­ied the ship, amass­ing 87 dur­ing their third-wicket part­ner­ship.

Fol­low­ing Philippe’s dis­missal af­ter a well-earned half­cen­tury, Maiolo con­tin­ued to find the bound­ary, boost­ing the to­tal to 165 af­ter a 65-run stand with Liam Knight.

Al­though Scar­bor­ough was seem­ingly cruis­ing at 3-165, Mid­land Guild­ford fought its way back into the match, with Char­lie Cas­sell rip­ping through Scar­bor­ough’s bats­men.

The Gulls lost their fi­nal seven wickets for a pal­try 28 and ended their in­nings all out for 193 af­ter just 43 overs.

Cas­sell ended the day with a fan­tas­tic five-wicket haul, while Maiolo was his side’s most pro­lific bats­men, scor­ing 74 from 92 and crunch­ing 15 bound­aries.

Mid­land Guild­ford then be­gan its in­nings in sim­i­lar style to Scar­bor­ough, strug­gling early at 2-18.

How­ever, Hay­den Cob­ley and Ju­lian Crudeli helped boost the to­tal to 4-128 be­fore the end of the day’s play.

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