Jindivick make thrilling chase
Division 3 by Joel Batson
Drouin 8/196 def by Jindivick 4/198 A fantastic innings by Jarratt Eastburn (69*) has seen Jindivick defeat Drouin in a thrilling chase.
Bowling first, Jindivick were forced to chase leather as Cambell Jolly (49), Jack Jarred (37) and Clint Osseweyer (23) lifted Drouin to 8/196, as only Matthew Cheshire (3-26) and Jack Langley (2-47) made any inroads to the potent Drouin line-up.
In reply Eastburn anchored the innings terrifically, and in tandem with a swashbuckling 54 from Peter Galvin, helped Jindivick across the line in 36 overs with six wickets to spare as Drouin were unable to find a bowler to stop the raging onslaught.
Bunyip back in form
Neerim District 9/115 def by Bunyip 5/124 Bunyip has got themselves back to winning ways, easily accounting for Neerim.
Winning the toss and bowling, the Bulls never let the Stags get going, and thanks to spells from Davis McConnell (3-29), Jack Blakey (2-13) and Tyler McMillan (2-19), restricted Neerim to 9-115.
In reply, Alex McMillan (41) was at his best in his return to cricket, while Tyler McMillan (30) used his brute force to good effect early.
The reliable Cam Law (3-36) was able to generate a late collapse to keep some interest in the game, however it wasn’t to be, as efforts from Jerry Whibley (21) and Dan Clebney (17*) saw Bunyip home with five wickets in the shed.
Warriors into top four
Western Park 9/158 def Garfield-Tynong 9/141 Western Park has entered the top four with a narrow victory over Garfield-Tynong.
Batting first, Daniel Savage (2-28) and Craig Murray (2-39) reduced the Warriors to 5-51, before Kenny Lindsey (54) rescued the innings with some lusty hitting before he was dismissed by James Francs (3-29), who bowled well at the death to restrict the Parkers to 9158.
In reply, the Titans followed a similar path, falling to 6-56 as Michael Rabl (2-13), Adrian Parker (2-25) and Kyle Baker (2-37) almost assured Western Park of victory.
However Jason Skobla (59*) didn’t concede defeat, building partnerships with the tailenders to keep the Titans in with a sniff, unfortunately running out of time as they finished on 9/141, 17 agonizing runs short.
Buln show class
Yarragon 7/126 def by Buln Buln 2/129 Buln Buln’s class has shone through as they defeated Yarragon for the second time this season.
Bowling first, the disciplined Lyrebird attack never allowed the Panthers to get going as Jack Symes (2-19), Sam Reid (2-19) and Jeff Walsh (2-20) all proved miserly and effective, despite a solid innings from Nathan Bright (27), as Yarragon limped to 7-126.
In reply Buln were never troubled. Jeff Walsh (54*) was two classes above his competition with a fine knock, while James Fowler (32*) regained some much-needed form as the pair helped their side reach the target and claim an eight-wicket victory.
Garfield-Tynong’s James Francs returns the ball from the outfield during the division three match against Western Park;Photographs: Paul Cohen.