Jin­di­vick Black move to top spot

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WDCA CRICKET - By Adam Johnson

Divi­sion 4

Round four con­cluded at in blus­tery con­di­tions with Jin­di­vick Black mov­ing up to top-spot on the lad­der.

The Black main­tain an un­beaten record af­ter a mas­sive win over Long­warry.

Ellinbank suf­fered a shock loss to War­ragul, drop­ping them down to sec­ond spot, while Jin­di­vick Gold hold onto third spot af­ter a com­fort­able win over Drouin.

Hal­lora rounds out the top four af­ter tak­ing the points in a high scor­ing encounter with Iona.

Black take top spot

Jin­di­vick Black 10/224 def Long­warry 10/89 Hav­ing al­most taken first in­nings points on day one of its clash with Long­warry, Jin­di­vick Black has cruised to an easy win over the Crows to move in to top spot on the divi­sion four lad­der.

Re­sum­ing at 5/87 the Jump­ing Jacks mid­dle and lower or­der bats­men took the op­por­tu­nity to spend some time in the mid­dle with an even spread of con­trib­u­tors through­out the day.

Kev Lark­man (21 not out overnight) went on to record a classy half-cen­tury, top-scor­ing for the home side with 56, while Shane Hoskins (23) and Aaron Baker (25) played handy cameos.

With the con­test al­ready de­cided the vis­i­tor threw the ball around with all 11 play­ers get­ting a bowl.

Ro­hail Rafat added an­other wicket to his day one tally to fin­ish with 3/33.

Nick Pullen chimed in with 3/41 while Bob Thomas (2/28) and Robert Cowan (2/11) were the other mul­ti­ple wicket tak­ers.

Brothers fire

Hal­lora 7/264 def Iona 10/229 An un­beaten 116-run part­ner­ship from brothers Gary and Ross Donoghue has pro­pelled Hal­lora to an im­por­tant win over Iona.

Start­ing day two at 1/52 the Kan­gas fal­tered early, los­ing two quick wick­ets to be 3/53.

A pair of steady­ing in­nings from Jeff Ward (22) and Daniel Sell (21) got the score­board tick­ing over but at 6/100 the home side still had a lot of work to do.

Bray­den Not­man rose to the chal­lenge, show­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­yond his years, chip­ping in with a vi­tal 30 be­fore snick­ing one through to the keeper.

Now at 7/148 Iona seemed to be in con­trol but Ross Donoghue quickly set about chang­ing that.

Despatch­ing the bowlers to all parts of the ground (10 bound­aries), Donoghue raced away to record his maiden half-cen­tury, top scor­ing for the home side with an un­beaten 67.

Mean­while it was Gary (57*) that an­chored the in­nings, car­ry­ing his bat through both days of play to also record his maiden (and very hard earned) half-cen­tury.

Muham­mad So­haib (af­ter star­ring with the bat) was the pick of the bowlers with his marathon 26 overs re­turn­ing a miserly 4/53.

James Turn­bull de­liv­ered a tidy spell to fin­ish with 2/32 off 13 overs.

Singh dis­man­tles Ea­gles

War­ragul 10/169 def Ellinbank 10/130 A five-wicket haul from War­ragul’s Aman­deep Singh has handed the Gulls an un­likely vic­tory over Ellinbank.

Hav­ing claimed the key scalp of James Scam­mell late on day one, Singh struck an­other ma­jor blow when he drew dan­ger man Chris Pal­lot out of his crease and some handy glove work from Toby Shel­ton had him back in the pav­il­ion for just 16.

From there the vis­i­tor were never able to re­cover, los­ing the fi­nal six wick­ets for 29 to be bun­dled out be­fore tea.

A typ­i­cally gritty in­nings from the Ea­gles Stu­art Davis (70) was the only high­light for the bat­ting side on a day that was ruled by the bowlers.

Singh fin­ished with 5/32 off 16 overs (his first five-for since join­ing War­ragul in 2017) and he was well sup­ported by Dan Per­rett who claimed an amaz­ing 2/5 off five overs.

Gold ease to vic­tory

Jin­di­vick Gold 10/164 def Drouin 10/113 Jin­di­vick Gold has eased to vic­tory over Drouin de­spite some stern re­sis­tance from the Hawks lower or­der.

Re­sum­ing at 5/41 the home side ral­lied early on be­fore suc­ces­sive blows from James Maguire left them reel­ing at 7/61.

An eighth wicket 50-run stand from Sam Perry (38) and Ash Robin­son (18) boosted the score to triple fig­ures, (Perry cap­ping off a great all-round per­for­mance af­ter snar­ing 4/44 with the ball on day one).

But it was too lit­tle too late for the Hawks as the match drew to an early fin­ish.

Jeremy Hill was the pick of the bowlers with 3/32 (all of which came on day one).

James Maguire fin­ished with 2/30 and Toby Hart chimed in with in­cred­i­ble fig­ures of 2/6 off 5.1 overs.

Ellinbank’s Kayne Cot­tier mis­reads this de­liv­ery with War­ragul wick­et­keeper Toby Shel­ton ready to take the bails off dur­ing their match in divi­sion four.

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