Local derby offers best chance for White to win
THE gloves will be off at Salter Oval 4 this Saturday when Isis Cricket Club’s two teams collide for the first time this season.
Isis Green and Isis White have had varied starts to their Bundaberg Cricket Association Division 3 Premiership campaign.
Green are one of five sides with two wins from their first three games, and sit second on the ladder thanks to their ability to bowl out opposition batting orders.
They have the best bowling unit in the competition, having taken all 30 wickets on offer so far (CCWS are next best on 27).
Isis Green were at their dominant best again last week when they crushed Brothers Blue by 99 runs.
Marty Ryan, captain Both sides have been preparing their best sledges...
Setting 8-142 from their 40 overs off the back of solid input across the order, Isis Green let the bowlers do what they do best, to rout Brothers.
Captain Wayne Dowling said Nic Lindsay was the pick of the bowlers, but paid credit to Jack Rowan, Charlie Thompson and Guy Cole for their supporting roles with the ball.
“The bowlers bowled superbly and they were backed up by brilliant fielding,” Dowling said.
Isis White on the other hand have struggled in their opening games.
White started the season with a first-round forfeit thanks to player unavailability, then crashed to consecutive defeats to Burnett Heads and ATW.
Last week’s effort against ATW was bittersweet given they put on the best batting performance of their season so far.
Jamie Walsh went to town on the ATW-attack, cracking 14 boundaries in a “swashbuckling” 72 from 57 balls to propel Isis White to 176.
Captain Marty Ryan said the side were confident they could defend the total, but poor fielding let them down.
“We dropped a total of seven catches,” Ryan said.
“Early wickets had our confidence high until (ATW batsman) Fraser Adamson (60*) came to the crease.”
Walsh capped a stellar game by taking two wickets (2-36) and two catches, while Ryan and Rod Jensen took one wicket each.
There will be no better time for Isis White to earn their first win of the season as they keenly chase bragging rights over their fellow clubmen.
“Both sides have been preparing their best sledges and looking forward to the contest,” Ryan said.
BROTHERS BLUE v ISIS GREEN: Isis Green’s batsman Chris Fisher plays against Brothers Blue at Salter Oval.