Jindivick prevail in nail-biter
Jason Skobla (30) and Grant Pearson (30) did their best to launch a fightback, but there was little they could go against he sustained pressure from the Neerim District bowlers and after 60.2 overs they were dismissed for 135.
Gown dashes hopes
Hallora (4-177) def. Warragul (146): A devastating late spell from Will Gown has dashed Warragul’s hopes of claiming an upset victory over Hallora, with the Gulls lower order collapsing to hand the Kangaroos a 31-run win.
On the back of a handy knock of 37 to Brian Christensen, Warragul had edged their way to 6-142 late in the day – and were within striking distance of their required target of 178 for victory.
Paul Bridges-Black had arrived at the crease and added 38 with Christensen, and the experienced duo looked likely to continue their run-scoring ways.
However, Gown was able to breach Christensen’s defences and trigger a collapse of 4-4, with the pressure to score as soon as they reached the crease proving too much for the likes of Nathan Macfarlane, Jack Buckingham and Tim Whitten.
Gown finished with the impressive figures of 4-16 from his 8.2 overs, while Clint Hickford chimed in with 2-30 from his 13.
Ellinbank (216) def. Drouin (114): Michael Masterson anchored the Ellinbank chase against Drouin and ensured that the Eagles would emerge victorious to the tune of 102 runs in their round five clash.
Striding to the crease following the early removal of Lachlan Pratt – caught for 0 off the bowling of Jackson Caddy – Michael Masterson and Thomas Robertson rebuilt the Ellinbank innings with a 40-run second wicket stand, seeing of some testing bowling from Mitch Goodwin (who claimed 1-15 from his 13 overs).
Whilst Robertson was dismissed by Charlie Wans for 33, Masterson continued to be a source of frustration for the Drouin bowlers, and the remaining batsmen were able to build around Masterson and past the required target.
Jack Pandolfo struck a breezy 38 to boost the total late in the day, as the Eagles made their way to 216 before being dismissed.
Caddy (2-42) and Wans (2-24) were the best of the bowlers for Drouin.