Both Isis teams in fi­nals

Den­ning’s re­turn to form helps put Isis White into the semi-fi­nals

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

A WELL-timed re­turn to form by Liam Den­ning has helped Isis White seal an un­likely fi­nals spot.

Isis White mu­tu­ally for­feited their first-round game against Bur­nett Heads, then lost four of the next five games.

From there they rose like a phoenix, chal­leng­ing the top teams and even­tu­ally played them­selves into fi­nals con­tention.

Last week saw the club in a must-win sit­u­a­tion against CCWS, who sat atop the ta­ble.

At 5-43 it looked as if Isis White were ready to be routed, but that’s when Den­ning stepped up.

“I didn’t go too badly,” the 25-year-old said of his first hun­dred.

Den­ning’s un­beaten 104 paved the way for Isis White to reach 9-270 from their 40 overs.

Ge­off My­att chipped in with 56, while CCWS’s 33 wides added valu­able runs to the to­tal.

“I had a good feel­ing but I had to put the head down when I went in,” Den­ning said.

“We put a few part­ner­ships to­gether (62 with Chris Ono­prienko and 150 with My­att), but I had to take my time and bat.”

Den­ning didn’t know he was ap­proach­ing the mile­stone un­til he reached 97, but the all-rounder was re­lieved to reach triple fig­ures. He said he had a bet­ter year with the bat for Norths last year, but the tim­ing of his form couldn’t be any bet­ter for Isis White.

They will again face CCWS in this week’s mi­nor semi-fi­nal, where a loss could spell the end of their sea­son.

Cap­tain Rod­er­ick Jensen said he was con­fi­dent his side could notch an­other victory.

“We’ve beaten them al­ready this sea­son so we’ll back our­selves this week,” Jensen said. “It def­i­nitely helps when you win the toss and bat first.

“Liam bat­ted re­ally well.”

The mi­nor semi-fi­nal will be played at Sal­ter Oval 2, while Isis Green will face ATWin the ma­jor semi next door on Sal­ter Oval 3.

Both games start at 9.30am.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

RIP­PER: Isis Cricket Club's Liam Den­ning smashed 104 not out in last week's win to se­cure a spot in the fi­nals.

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