Both Isis teams in finals
Denning’s return to form helps put Isis White into the semi-finals
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.
RIPPER: Isis Cricket Club's Liam Denning smashed 104 not out in last week's win to secure a spot in the finals.