Both Isis sides fall as fielding woes resurface
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.