Divi­sion 4

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WDCA CRICKET 2018 - 2019 SEASON - By Adam John­son

Jin­di­vick Black 10/147 d Jin­di­vick Gold 10/134 A fierce in­ter­club ri­valry be­gan at the week­end when Jin­di­vick Black met Jin­di­vick Gold in the open­ing round of sea­son 2018-2019.

Boast­ing a sim­i­lar line-up to the one that saw them take out the divi­sion five premier­ship last sea­son, Jin­di­vick Gold came into the match full of con­fi­dence with skip­per Mick Dixon win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bowl.

Bol­stered by the in­clu­sion of Aaron and Jor­dan Lark­man the Black side got away to a solid start with Aaron top scor­ing with 42.

A flurry of wick­ets from grand fi­nal hero Toby Hart (4/32) left the Jump­ing Jacks reel­ing at 5/45 be­fore a mid­dle or­der fight­back from Aaron Baker (in his first match for the club) got the in­nings back on track.

Baker fin­ished with 27 and was well sup­ported by Ant Maguire with 26. Dave Wag­ner ran through the lower or­der to fin­ish with a tidy 3/17 while Tim Jef­frey chimed in with 2/32.

In re­ply the Gold side strug­gled to build part­ner­ships with wick­ets fall­ing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.

Dixon (17) and Brad Gnaden (16) both made good starts be­fore fall­ing vic­tim to the change bowlers. Hart lead the scor­ing with a de­fi­ant 26 find­ing a will­ing ac­com­plice in Tim Jef­frey 23.

The mid­dle and lower or­der found scor­ing much more dif­fi­cult how­ever as Ant Maguire plied his trade to fin­ish the day with 5/20 off eight overs, end­ing the away sides chances of vic­tory late in the day.

Gor­don Win­stone (2/15) claimed the fi­nal two wick­ets to give his side the brag­ging rights, with the two teams set to clash again in round seven just prior to Christ­mas.

Crows win bat­tle of birds

Long­warry 3/145 def Drouin 10/141 Mov­ing up to an ex­panded divi­sion four com­pe­ti­tion, Long­warry has taken the points with a com­fort­able win over Drouin.

Choos­ing to bat first, Drouin strug­gled against the new ball with Corey Davis (2/17) and debu­tante Ro­hail Rafat (1/20) ap­ply­ing plenty of pres­sure.

With only two of their top six able to reach dou­ble fig­ures, the Hawks were in trou­ble at 5/67 be­fore late runs to first gamer Remo Grazi­otin (31) and An­gus Hales (20) saw them post a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

Doyen of lo­cal cricket Bob Thomas was at his wily best, re­turn­ing in­cred­i­ble fig­ures of 1/6 off eight overs which in­cluded six maidens.

Daniel Pullen did the dam­age late in the in­nings with 3/17 while Robert Cowan en­joyed his first out­ing for the home side, pick­ing up 2/37.

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