Both Isis sides fall as field­ing woes resur­face

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IF YOU ever wanted a sport­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tion of “crash­ing back to earth” look no fur­ther than Isis Cricket Club.

A week after both White and Green teams notched wins on the same day for the first time this year, both sides were hum­bled by Across The Waves and Norths re­spec­tively last week­end.

While the mar­gins could have been much worse, the pain of go­ing down after such im­pres­sive per­for­mances were not lost on the sides, who will square off against Brothers’ two teams this week.

Isis White had a hard-fought bat­tle against Norths, and set a strong to­tal of 181 after qual­ity in­nings from Liam Den­nin (47), Mark Fel­gate (35) and Rhett Pope (21).

Marty Ryan, who took 2-19 from his eight overs, said Norths were cruis­ing at the start of the in­nings, but it was a num­ber of dropped catches that proved costly.

“They were 0-59 after 11 overs un­til Mark (Fel­gate) got the much-needed wicket,” Ryan said.

“A num­ber of cru­cial drop catches late in the in­nings sealed our fate with Norths mak­ing the to­tal with nine balls to spare.”

Ryan said all was not lost from the game, in which Isis White pushed Norths to the end.

“The fact that we have pushed a full-strength Norths side to almost 40 overs is a pos­i­tive sign,” Ryan said.

“We are not at full strength yet with a few play­ers to come into the side when crush­ing work com­mit­ments are over. Our bats­men are start­ing to score some runs and our bowlers are start­ing to put the pres­sure on top sides.

“The ef­fort against Norths has given the boys some con­fi­dence.”

Isis Green was taught a les­son by ATW in their 53-run loss.

Isis elected to bowl due to play­ers leav­ing early, and had ATW on the ropes at 6-120 when cap­tain Wayne Dowling said it fell apart.

“Some field­ing lapses and dropped catches al­lowed ATW to get to 201 - a score they should have never reached,” Dowling said.

Isis Green’s chase got off to a dis­as­trous start to be 2-10, and a coura­geous 59 from Paul Jones helped the side reach 147.


IN AC­TION: Isis Green's Daniel Dowling was dis­missed for three last week against ATW.

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