Mega choke shocks War­ragul

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WDCA CRICKET 2018-2019 SEASON -

A mega-choke by War­ragul gave Leon­gatha their first win of the Gipp­s­land Cricket League sea­son, after the Wild Dogs lost 7/40 to leave both play­ers and sup­port­ers shell-shocked.

With the Wild Dogs send­ing Leon­gatha into bat on one of the best grounds in Gipp­s­land at Hal­lora, War­ragul found im­me­di­ate suc­cess when they had Leon­gatha 2/9, in­clud­ing the prized scalp of Eli Rchards for a golden duck.

From there, Leon­gatha de­cided that con­sol­i­da­tion was their best friend, with Cal­lum Honey­man bat­ting two hours for his 33, as they even­tu­ally saw out their al­lot­ted 50 overs to close at 7/140.

For War­ragul their best bowlers were Troy Lehmann who fin­ished with 4/34, along with AK Ty­rone and Max Kelly, who both only went for 15 and 14 runs re­spec­tively from their 10 overs.

With the pre­vi­ous weeks rain­fall all present at the ground would have as­sumed con­di­tions were go­ing to play a part in the match, how­ever War­ragul put on a solid open­ing part­ner­ship of 50 to set them­selves off on a pos­i­tive foot be­fore dis­as­ter struck.

After Troy Fer­gu­son had com­piled 32 and Jack Ar­mour was dis­missed with the score at 2/75, the next eight War­ragul bats­men con­trib­uted 18 runs be­tween them to leave cap­tain Fraser Dun­can stranded on 41 not out as he watched on from the non-strik­ers end in com­plete dis­be­lief.

Three ducks high­lighted the Wild Dogs’ mid­dle or­der as they were bowled out with five runs sep­a­rat­ing the two sides.

Jack Gi­nanne was the de­stroyer for Leon­gatha, with ex­u­ber­ant cel­e­bra­tions fol­low­ing all six of his wick­ets.

He re­ceived good sup­port from Se­nal De Silva and Charith Keerthins­inghe, who both claimed two wick­ets each.

Leon­gatha player Ryan Wil­liams, who found him­self play­ing against his younger brother James, was happy to take the points in what was a match played in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

"We scrapped to­gether a score and War­ragul were cruis­ing and then a few of their guys got out play­ing big drives,” he said.

“We bowled well but it was as much about shot se­lec­tion from a few War­ragul bats that helped us across the line.”

Mean­while, Sale-Maf­fra ap­pear cer­tain to fin­ish on top of the home and away lad­der after the Sharks de­feated fel­low top two as­pi­rant Trar­al­gon District at Hey­field.

After los­ing the toss and be­ing given the ball, Sale-Maf­fra struck an early blow against a de­pleted Trar­al­gon out­fit that had nine changes from its pre­vi­ous match.

Play­ers miss­ing for Trar­al­gon in­cluded Jordy Gil­mour and Lee Stock­dale, who were both on duty for Vic­to­ria Coun­try.

Stum­bling to 6/45, Trara­glon were able to grind out a score of 107, thanks largely to Rick Bat­tista who com­piled 39.

All bowlers for Sale-Maf­fra utilised the over­head con­di­tions to good ef­fect, with wick­ets shared be­tween Jack Tat­ter­son (3/10), Char­lie Mor­ri­son (3/24), and Isaac Love, who has a happy knack of pick­ing up wick­ets, fin­ish­ing with 2/20.

In re­ply, a stun­ning re­turn of 4/31 from 18 year old debu­tant Mitch Bul­mer had SaleMaf­fra in dis­ar­ray early, be­fore they were able to com­pose them­selves and chase down the Trar­al­gon to­tal for the loss of five wick­ets.

In the fin­ish mid­dle or­der bat Ben Jones was the dif­fer­ence, after a chance off his bat was grassed he went on to score an un­beaten 48 which guided the Sharks across the line

The match be­tween La­trobe Val­ley and Bairns­dale turned out to be a waste of time, as play­ers came off the field twice due to rain be­fore the match was de­clared a draw after three hours of wait­ing.

With over­head skies to start the day, La­trobe Val­ley won the toss and elected to bat, only to see the ball hoop at right an­gles to make life vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for the bats­man.

After three wick­ets had fallen, and the score at 3/16, um­pires called for the cov­ers as rain started to pour.

For the next hour and a half play­ers en­ter­tained them­selves by play­ing cards and dis­cussing what they would rather be do­ing.

When play recom­menced it was only short lived, as rain re­turned and the game was aban­doned after 18 overs.

The only high­light came when Bairns­dale bowler Corey Fraser found him­self on a hat­trick, after knock­ing over two quick wick­ets in the open­ing stages.

Bizarrely, de­spite the match only last­ing a few overs, um­pires were still re­quired to give votes.

Troy Lehman had Leon­gatha District on the back foot early and fin­ished with four wick­ets.

War­ragul District play­ers cel­e­brate a Troy Lehman wicket dur­ing the match against Leon­gatha District.

War­ragul District spin­ner AK Ty­rone con­ceded just 15 runs from his 10 overs; Pho­to­graphs: Davyd Reid.

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