West­ern Park make amends

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

Divi­sion 1 by Joel Bat­son

West­ern Park 4/227 def Ellinbank 200 The bat­tle be­tween sec­ond and third on the lad­der went the way of West­ern Park at the week­end, as the War­riors made amends for their ear­lier loss at Ellinbank with a high-scor­ing vic­tory over a gal­lant Ea­gles side.

Bat­ting first on a flat wicket, West­ern Park stut­tered through­out the first half of their in­nings as starts to San­jaya Gan­go­daw­ila (27), Mathew Wake­field (20) and Ja­son Croft (19) proved dan­ger­ous but in­ef­fec­tive, as the War­riors slumped to 4-105 as Sean Master­son (2-49) proved po­tent.

How­ever, with 13 overs re­main­ing and Daniel Shee­han pro­moted up the or­der for some late hit­ting, the game changed. Bat­ting proved easy for he and Leigh Dis­ton (52*), as an ex­tra­or­di­nary as­sault took the game away from Ellinbank, as balls flew to the bound­ary at an alarm­ing pace.

Shee­han was un­doubt­edly the ag­gres­sor, wind­ing back the clock to some of his in­nings from the past as he made a rapid, 40-ball 76 as the pair added 122 in quick time to push the score to 4-227 off the al­lot­ted overs.

In re­ply, Ellinbank lost key men Troy Fer­gu­son and Ben Spicer early as Troy Lehman (2-33) col­lected both scalps.

The Ea­gles, how­ever, showed why they are the most im­proved side in the league as Matt Far­thing and Sean Master­son put the chase back on course with an out­stand­ing part­ner­ship. The pair added 108-runs and made it look easy, both show­ing why they are so cru­cial to this line-up be­fore Master­son (41) fell as well as Far­thing (65) to put the game back in the bal­ance.

Nick Fair­bank hit some lusty blows to con­tinue the chase, how­ever his run-out spurned a col­lapse as Joel Bat­son (2-37) and Tyler McDon­ald (2-38) looked to close the in­nings out.

An­other run-out soon af­ter signed the deathknell for Ellinbank, and despite some late runs from Luke Rogers (27), Ellinbank ul­ti­mately were bowled out for 200, and West­ern Park cel­e­brated a 27-run vic­tory.

Pan­ters upset Buln

Buln Buln 220 def by Yar­ragon 4/223 Yar­ragon has upset Buln Buln away from home, with a thrilling chase out­lin­ing their fi­nals cre­den­tials thanks to some fa­mil­iar faces.

Yar­ragon won the toss and elected to field, a de­ci­sion that paid div­i­dends in the first half of the in­nings as Gamini Ku­mara and Oliver Watt (2-31) ran riot, dis­miss­ing the top five Buln batsmen as the Lyre­birds floun­dered to 5-70.

Such is the depth of Buln’s line-up that two of the league’s best batsmen- Cal Ste­wart and Daniel Hamil­ton- joined each other at the crease as the pair re­paired the dam­age from the car­nage cre­ated by the Yar­ragon bowlers. Ste­wart (62 off 49) played a par­tic­u­larly ef­fort­less knock, while Hamil­ton (56 off 76) an­chored the last half with smart bat­ting.

Max Kelly (21) con­tin­ued his fine form as despite a ter­rific haul from Ku­mara (5-37), Buln pushed their way to 220 all out.

In re­ply Yar­ragon put their best foot for­ward in the early stages of their chase with a 57-run open­ing stand be­tween Andy Trew­ern (17) and Nuwan Per­era prov­ing to be a thorn in the Lyre­birds’ side.

Ku­mara, el­e­vated to num­ber three, came in for Trew­ern and the Yar­ragon chase took an­other step as he and his Sri Lankan coun­ter­part added 86 be­fore Per­era was re­moved for a swash­buck­ling 84.

Ku­mara found sup­port in Lu­cas Kil­day (20), how­ever a cou­ple of late wick­ets to Cal Ste­wart (2-42) al­most de-railed the chase un­til a few lusty blows from Ku­mara, who fin­ished his man of the match per­for­mance with 79*, helped Yar­ragon across the line for a fa­mous vic­tory with four balls to spare.

Stags off bot­tom

Neerim District 3/166 def Hal­lora 9/165 Neerim District has climbed off the bot­tom of the lad­der with a stun­ning upset against the in-form Hal­lora team.

Bowl­ing first, the Stags took four early wick­ets as the likes of Toby Bayne and Ben Lock­ett ran amok, be­fore Fraser Dun­can (52) and Jai New­combe (32) stead­ied ship with a 69-run stand. The pair were the only two shin­ing lights of the in­nings, as once New­combe was re­moved off the bowl­ing of Kody Wil­son (229), the tail-end strug­gled.

Hal­lora stum­bled from 4-123 to 9-165 off their 40 overs, as Matt Kel­li­her (3-26) stran­gled the lower or­der and cre­ated some late car­nage to keep the score on-par.

With 166 needed for vic­tory, Neerim surged home in rel­a­tive quick time.

Jack Ward (60*) an­chored the in­nings in strong fash­ion, as he added 85 for the first wicket with Nathan Bayne (36) to suck the air out of the Hal­lora at­tack.

A slight col­lapse of three wick­ets left Neerim at 3-116 and in slight dis­ar­ray, how­ever Matt Ward (33*) showed his class, see­ing his side home with his brother with six overs to spare as the pair took the Kan­gas at­tack apart.

Hawks hopes alive

Jin­di­vick 123 def by Drouin 8/261 Drouin has kept hopes of a one day fi­nal berth alive, dis­man­tling Jin­di­vick to send them crash­ing to the bot­tom of the lad­der.

Bat­ting first, the Hawks wel­comed Da­mon Healy back to the fold with a quick 24, whilst Jonathan Bell was at his best mak­ing 45 despite a col­lapse of 3-5 cre­ated by Craig Boswell (4-24) in a ter­rific spell of bowl­ing af­ter the open­ers leaked runs.

Bell was even­tu­ally dis­missed the leave the Hawks on 4-85, how­ever Trevor Gar­diner (59) pushed the scor­ing at a rapid rate, prov­ing he is back to his classy best.

The Jin­di­vick change bowlers were prov­ing to be in­ef­fec­tive and out­classed by the Drouin mid­dle or­der as Paul Timewell (47*) and Sam Van­derzalm (42) were un­be­liev­ably ruth­less at the back end of the in­nings as the Jump­ing Jacks strug­gled at the death as they have all sea­son.

The Hawks surged to 8-261 by the close of in­nings as Greg In­ter­landi picked up three wick­ets, al­beit with­out be­ing able to slow the scor­ing rate.

Jin­di­vick be­gun their bat­ting in­nings with­out much con­fi­dence and it showed, as no batsmen crossed 25.

In­ter­landi (24) and Steve Dil­lon (24) showed fight, how­ever all of the or­der proved to be out of form as Dale Weller (6-23) crushed their mid­dle or­der. In the end, the Jump­ing Jacks were all out for 123, as the Hawks con­tinue to fly.

Ellinbank’s Nick Fair­bank bat­tles against a strong West­ern Park bat­ting line up; Pho­to­graphs: Paul Co­hen.

Ja­son Croft gains a lead­ing edge as he at­tempts to con­sol­i­date West­ern Park in the divi­sion one match against Ellinbank.

West­ern Park’s Mathew Wake­field takes off for a sin­gle.

Ellinbank’s Michael Pan­dolfo re­turns to the bowler dur­ing a dif­fi­cult day in the field.

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