‘Onkers’ smashes out runs in batting frenzy
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.