‘Onkers’ smashes out runs in bat­ting frenzy

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

IF CHRIS Ono­prienko has been short on ma­te­rial for a high­light reel, he will have no prob­lem filling one now.

The bats­man strode to the crease with Isis White strug­gling at 2-14, and Brothers Blue could smell blood in the Isis wa­ter.

What Brothers Blue didn’t ex­pect was Ono­prienko was about to sub­mit his au­di­tion for the na­tional Twenty20 squad.

Ono­prienko went to town on the Brothers Blue at­tack, smash­ing 73 from 41 balls in an in­nings that in­cluded a stun­ning 30-run over.

Fel­low Isis White player Marty Ryan could only watch as the bats­man went to town, with Roderick Jensen chip­ping in with 52 in what would’ve been the high­light in­nings in any other week.

“They put three men on the fence and Onkers just con­tin­ued to clear it,” Ryan said.

Their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions helped Isis White set an im­pos­ing 8-207 from their 40 overs.

Mark Fel­gate (4-35) and Jensen (3-38) led a strong bowl­ing per­for­mance for Isis White, with Brothers Blue skit­tled for 146.

“This win also se­cures us an ex­tra bonus point for dis­miss­ing Brothers within 30 overs and has been a good boost to our sit­ting on the lad­der,” Ryan said.

It was good news in Isis Cricket Club’s other dress­ing room as Isis Green cruised to a com­fort­able win over Brothers White.

Brothers won the toss and elected to bat, but Isis Green man­aged to over­come both the bats­men and heat to re­strict the side to 8-121 from 40 overs.

Daniel Dowling led the way with the ball to fin­ish on 3-19, while Zac Dann and Jack Rowan took two wick­ets each.

As was the case with the other Isis side, Green got off to a shaky start, los­ing two early wick­ets for four runs.

“A good part­ner­ship be­tween Zac and I put Green on the road to vic­tory,” Isis Green cap­tain Wayne Dowling said.

“With a bit of luck for the Isis bowlers, (the Brothers to­tal) could have been much less. (We) know we have to play bet­ter in com­ing weeks.”

Isis White play Brothers White this Satur­day, while Isis Green play CCWS.


SOLID CON­TACT: Chris Ono­prienko gets a good hit for Isis White at the Sugar Ci­ties Cricket at Sal­ter Oval.

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