Kan­ga­roos out-jump Jin­di­vick

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WDCA CRICKET: 2017 - 2018 SEASON - By Sam Laffy

Divi­sion 2

Hal­lora (5-127) def. Jin­di­vick (8-110): Many league ob­servers would have made a notch in Jin­di­vick’s win tally be­fore the first ball was bowled on Satur­day, but the Jump­ing Jacks fell to a stun­ning 17- run loss, with Grant Dun­can and Si­mon Phillips the stand-out per­form­ers for Hal­lora.

Hav­ing watched as the top-or­der stum­bled against some tight from bowl­ing from Jin­di­vick’s re­cruits Say­eed Shah (who fin­ished with 2-35) and Jack Lan­g­ley (who snared 227), Dun­can re­built the in­nings with a pa­tient un­beaten 49, his ef­forts lift­ing the score from 5-73 and onto an even­tual to­tal of 5-127.

Adam Rakip (15) and Kam­ran Mur­taza (10) at­tempted to lift the scor­ing early on in Jin­di­vick’s chase, but their progress was stymied by Ai­dan Phillips (2-18) and Si­mon Phillips (2-9 off eight).

The pair’s ef­forts with the ball put the brakes on the Jump­ing Jacks’ progress, and a col­lapse of 5-5 was the end re­sult, with Jin­di­vick only able to limp to 8-110 at the end of their al­lot­ted overs.

Gulls up­set Titans

War­ragul (8-157) def. Garfield-Tynong (78): In the sec­ond up­set of the round in divi­sion two, War­ragul took home a thump­ing 69-run win over a dis­ap­point­ing Garfield-Tynong, with the Gulls prov­ing far too good for their much-fan­cied op­po­nents.

With the Titans mark­ing their open­ing fix­ture with a tribute round for for­mer player the late Shane Tribe, who trag­i­cally lost his life in a car ac­ci­dent dur­ing the course of last sea­son, the Gulls went out to cause an up­set.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting first, War­ragul’s to­tal of 8-157 was made pos­si­ble thanks to the ef­forts of Daniel Best, with the War­ragul vet­eran mark­ing his re­turn to the club with a stun­ning half-cen­tury.

Hav­ing not played reg­u­larly since 2014, Best’s in­nings of 64 saw the Gulls over­come a par­si­mo­nious spell of 2-9 from Grant Pear­son to post a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

In re­ply, the Titans looked to be on track thanks to Wayne Danks (11) and Jack Salan (18) adding 40 for the first wicket, but a hor­rific bat­ting per­for­mance from the rest of line-up saw Garfield-Tynong bun­dled out for just 78.

Nathan Macfar­lane (5-16) and Paddy Mulqueen (2-9 off five) were nigh on un­playable and con­signed the Titans to a big first round loss.

Ward causes headaches

Neerim Dis­trict (6-187) def. Drouin (150): Hav­ing been one of the form bats­men in 2016/17 in divi­sion one, Jack Ward demon­strated that his abil­ity with the bat will be a headache for many in divi­sion two on Satur­day, with his un­beaten half-cen­tury help­ing Neerim Dis­trict to a 37-run win over Drouin.

Hav­ing been sent into bat, the Stags’ over­came a slow start pun­ish the bowlers to­wards the end of the in­nings, with Ward (50* from 52) and Ben Lock­ett (a 26-ball 35) tak­ing full toll dur­ing the ‘death overs’.

They lifted Neerim Dis­trict to 6-187, a to­tal that would prove to be too much for the Hawks to over­come.

Jon Perry did his level best to fight­back with a well-made 37, and Jude Fer­nando chipped in with 24, but there was sim­ply too many runs on the board for Drouin to han­dle, and they were even­tu­ally dis­missed for 150 in the 40th over.

Barnes pro­pels Park­ers

Western Park (9-157) def. Ellinbank (120): Jack Barnes’ un­beaten half-cen­tury helped Western Park to a 37-run win over Ellinbank in their round one clash, with the depth of the War­riors line-up too much for the newly pro­moted Ea­gles.

Barnes’ knock over­came some early wob­bles from Western Park – with the score­board at one stage read­ing 4-24 – and his knock of 58, com­bined with Sam McMil­lan’s 33, en­sured that the War­riors would post a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

They fin­ished with 9-157 fol­low­ing some late hit­ting from An­gus Geals (a 16-ball 24) and from that po­si­tion there was lit­tle Ellinbank could do.

An­drew Quirk (a classy 37) and Chris Pal­lot (35) helped Ellinbank stay in the game early in their chase – adding 62 for the fourth wicket – but Dave Burn (3-18), Geals (2-14) and Kur­tis Harper (2-31) made reg­u­lar break­throughs to slow the scor­ing, and in the 38th over the Ea­gles were dis­missed for 120.

Round 2 fix­tures: War­ragul vs Drouin, Hal­lora vs Ellinbank, Neerim Dis­trict vs Jin­di­vick, Garfield-Tynong vs Western Park.

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