Divi­sion 1

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORT - By Sam Laffy

Long­warry (9-277) vs. Neerim District (1-9):

Neerim District are fac­ing a big chase next week­end against Long­warry, fol­low­ing the Crows’ suc­cess with the bat on day one of their round 13 clash.

Long­warry’s bat­ting ex­ploits have been hit and miss this sum­mer, but Tom Keily belted his third half-cen­tury of the sea­son to kick-start the in­nings and Blake Ka­han and Jake Serong pro­vided ex­cel­lent sup­port as the Crows made their way to 9-277 be­fore declar­ing late in the day.

Keily – who has en­dured some strug­gles with the bat in re­cent weeks – made his way through to 81 be­fore be­ing dis­missed – with his power hit­ting a fea­ture of his stay at the crease.

Ka­han made 37 and Serong 51 to keep the runs flow­ing for the du­ra­tion of the in­nings, with Neerim’s bowlers strug­gling to have an im­pact on the con­test.

Ash Lock­ett (who took 3-29) was the pick of the bowlers, with no-one else able to snare more than one wicket.

Left with six overs to face out, the Stags have al­ready lost Lock­ett – bowled for eight by Troy Lehman in the sec­ond last over of the day.

Hawks on top

Drouin (7-265) vs. Hal­lora: Sev­eral strong per­for­mances with the bat have helped Drouin post a big to­tal against Hal­lora, with the Hawks well and truly hold­ing the ad­van­tage over their top four ri­vals.

David Sharpe (59), Sam Wy­att (48), Luke Rad­ford (46) and Da­mon Healy (59) were all in ex­cep­tional form and their run-scor­ing helped make the day

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