Divi­sion 4

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - WDCA CRICKET 2018-2019 SEASON - By Adam John­son

Divi­sion four swung back into ac­tion at the week­end with Jin­di­vick Black ce­ment­ing its place at the top of the one-day ta­ble with a com­pre­hen­sive win over Ellinbank.

Jin­di­vick Gold sit in sec­ond place, just six points be­hind their in­tra-club ri­vals, while Long­warry and Ellinbank round out the top four with the Ea­gles ahead on net run rate.

There are just two rounds of white ball cricket re­main­ing (to be played over the next two Satur­days) with the de­cider to be held at the con­clu­sion of the reg­u­lar sea­son in March.

Kear leads Crows

Long­warry 6/180 (cc) def Iona 10/118 Long­warry’ Gary Kear has led his side to a big win over Iona, dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings to fin­ish with an im­pres­sive 96 not out.

Opt­ing to bat first, the Crows strug­gled early with both open­ers re­moved cheaply.

Daniel Pullen and Kear re­vived the in­nings with a vi­tal 71-run part­ner­ship be­fore a mix-up saw Pullen back in the pavil­ion, run-out for a handy 29.

It was af­ter this dis­missal that Kear came into his own, steer­ing the vis­i­tor to a com­pet­i­tive to­tal as the re­main­ing batsmen strug­gled to reach dou­ble fig­ures. Ex­tras were a handy con­trib­u­tor with 26.

Muham­mad So­haib was the pick of the bowlers with 2/46 on what was a lean day for the field­ing side.

In re­ply, the Swamp Tigers were never re­ally in the hunt as a suc­ces­sion of wick­ets saw them tum­ble to 6/31.

Cal­lum Strange and Rus­sell Fer­gu­son (14) led a late re­vival be­fore fall­ing in quick suc­ces­sion as the match drew to a close. Strange (52) top-scored for the home side, record­ing his first half-cen­tury since join­ing Iona this sea­son.

Wick­ets were evenly spread with the new ball com­bi­na­tion of Nick Pullen and Jesse Lafrantz claim­ing 2/16 and 2/23 re­spec­tively. Jor­dan Kingi chimed in with 2/17, while the ever-re­li­able Bob Thomas snared 2/21.

Jin­di­vick Black on top

Jin­di­vick Black 8/206 (cc) def Ellinbank 10/149 Jin­di­vick Black had lit­tle trou­ble in ac­count­ing for Ellinbank, with some strong mid­dle or­der bat­ting help­ing the Jump­ing Jacks to an im­pos­ing to­tal.

Early wick­ets had the vis­i­tor look­ing shaky be­fore a handy 25 from Dinil Sri­nath stead­ied the ship.

Ash Zin­now and Gor­don Win­stone then com­bined to put on 70 runs for the sixth wicket, tak­ing their side deep into their al­lot­ted overs. Win­stone de­parted for 40 af­ter hit­ting a re­turn catch to the bowler while Zin­now car­ried his bat to fin­ish on 66 not out.

Brad Berry was the best of the bowlers with a tidy re­turn of 3/21 off eight overs while Pete Fel­stead lent good sup­port with 2/24.

In re­ply, early wick­ets brought Berry and Chris Urie to­gether with the pair adding 65 for the fourth wicket. Berry went on the of­fen­sive

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