Gulls over­come nervy col­lapse

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WDCA CRICKET - By Joel Bat­son

Divi­sion 2

War­ragul 159 def Ellinbank 148 War­ragul has their top or­der to thank for their first vic­tory of the year, over­com­ing a nervy late col­lapse to top­ple Ellinbank at the week­end.

Re­sum­ing on 0-10 chas­ing 148, War­ragul lost their coach Brian Chris­ten­son early, how­ever Nathan Mac­Far­lane (12) and Paddy Mulqueen (21) stead­ied ship.

A cou­ple of quick wick­ets left the Gulls tee­ter­ing on 3-50, be­fore Matthew Bow (27) and Josh Wright (54) seem­ingly put the game to bed with a ma­ture 82-run stand which brought their side within 17 of vic­tory.

How­ever Michael Pan­dolfo (5-28) and Jaxon Not­man (2-18) had other ideas, caus­ing a late col­lapse which al­most de­railed vic­tory for War­ragul be­fore a few lusty blows snuck the away side over the line for a fa­mous vic­tory, even­tu­ally fall­ing for 159 to end the day.

Iona com­plete boilover

Iona 172 def Garfield-Tynong 167 Iona have com­pleted the boilover over the league lead­ers Garfield-Tynong, com­plet­ing a thrilling five-run vic­tory at home.

De­fend­ing 172, early wick­ets to last week’s hero Wade Haysom (2-57) put the Ti­tans in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion early, be­fore AKV Ty­ronne (65) con­tin­ued his fan­tas­tic form with a sen­sa­tional 65 which threat­ened to take the game away from Iona. With wick­ets fall­ing at the other end as Sam Ac­cardi (4-46) and Shan­non Hay­how (2-21) caused car­nage, Ty­ronne showed his poise, how­ever once Luke Fer­gu­son (1-23) re­moved him, the col­lapse seemed in­evitable for the brit­tle lowerorder.

Pete David­son (31*) showed vin­tage form to keep the Ti­tans alive, how­ever he couldn’t keep the strike for long enough and Ac­cardi fin­ished the job to se­cure vic­tory.

Young Crows star

Long­warry 142 def Hal­lora 103 A pair of Long­warry young stars has se­cured a sen­sa­tional vic­tory over Hal­lora.

De­fend­ing a seem­ingly un­der-par 142, Dom Pullen (4-23) caused an early col­lapse be­fore Jai Serong (49*) and Steve Fox (17) stead­ied ship to leave the Kan­gas 4-91 at the mid-way point.

How­ever once Fox was re­moved off the bowl­ing of Zac Wright (5-20), Hal­lora had no an­swers for the young star as he and Pullen cleaned up the re­main­ing wick­ets for just 12 runs to al­most sin­gle-hand­edly se­cure vic­tory for the Crows.

In the end, Hal­lora were all out shortly af­ter tea for 103, and Long­warry took six points home in their quest for a sur­pris­ing fi­nals berth.

Hawks con­tinue trend

West­ern Park 132 def by Drouin 8/135 Drouin has con­tin­ued the trend of the round, sneak­ing over the line for a thrilling vic­tory and be­com­ing the first win­ners on arch ri­vals West­ern Park’s new oval.

Chas­ing 132, and with just 100 to get af­ter a solid open­ing stand, Drouin suf­fered an early scare as Dave Burn (3-40) and Ja­son Bat­son (315) used their sud­denly aged-ball with af­fect to undo the Hawks top or­der.

How­ever cap­tain Justin Van der Zalm used his ex­pe­ri­ence to hold the in­nings to­gether, as Drouin’s young mid­dle and lower or­der strug­gled.

The Hawks took ad­van­tage of the slower­bowlers on a slow deck to edge closer to vic­tory, as Van der Zalm (55) hit bound­aries with rel­a­tive ease un­til he and Re­gan Hodge were re­moved in quick suc­ces­sion late in the in­nings.

Thank­fully Lo­gan Starc held his nerve against Dave Burn and Drouin crossed the line with just two wick­ets in hand to claim a cru­cial vic­tory.

Drouin cap­tain Justin Van Der Zalm led his team to vic­tory over West­ern Park in divi­sion two.

Drouin’s Bai­ley Osseweyer takes one to the midriff;Pho­to­graphs: Paul Co­hen.

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