Pan­thers put to the sword

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - SPORT -

snar­ing a win were soon dashed by the blades of Healy and Trevor Gar­diner, as the pair com­bined for a 92-run stand that car­ried Drouin past the re­quired tar­get.

Gar­diner was even­tu­ally trapped in front for 42 by Jeff Reid, but that only brought Wy­att to the crease and the young­ster and Healy con­tin­ued the steady flow of runs.

Healy has been in a rut of sorts in the first four rounds, but well and truly re­dis­cov­ered his form thanks to a sen­sa­tional knock of 96 – his high­est score for Drouin.

Wy­att chimed in with a brisk 60 to lift Drouin to 267 be­fore they were dis­missed, with Stan Har­ri­son the pick of the bowlers with 3-30 from his 17.2 overs.

Forced to bat for a sec­ond time, Ellinbank made their way to 1-15, with Har­ri­son the only man dis­missed.

Hal­lora on top

Hal­lora (9-251) def. Buln (5-210): Buln Buln’s un­beaten start to the sea­son came to an end as Hal­lora moved a game clear at the top of the ta­ble – with the Kan­ga­roos mid­dle and lower or­der com­ing to res­cue in a suc­cess­ful run-chase.

Chas­ing the Lyre­bird’s to­tal of 5-210, Hal­lora were in trou­ble early against Jack­son Noonan – with the opener ex­tract­ing move­ment and bite off the pitch with the new-ball – and he snared three scalps to re­duce Hal­lora to 3-18.

The nor­mally re­li­able Fraser Dun­can was out edg­ing be­hind for 0, the dan­ger­ous James Vela out for 13, and Brad Wil­liams bunted a re­turn catch to be on his way for just five, and the pres­sure was well and truly on.

How­ever, the likes of David Mac­der­mid (37), Ryan Wil­liams (a run a ball 55) and Ai­dan Phillips (a divi­sion one high score of 60*) en­sured that Buln couldn’t quite re­strict their op­po­nents enough to claim vic­tory.

They snared the sev­enth wicket of the in­nings with Hal­lora still re­quir­ing 30 runs for vic­tory to raise hopes, but the Kan­ga­roos depth stood out once again as they made their way to 9-251 at stumps.

Noonan (3-32 from 14) and Ryan Bishop (2-30 off 11) were the pick of the bowlers for the Lyre­birds.

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