Jin­di­vick pre­vail in nail-biter

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Ea­gles vic­to­ri­ous

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.

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