In what could turn out to be one of the games of the Bairnsdale Cricket Association season, Lindenow South Glenaladale hung on to defeat West Bairnsdale by the narrowest of margins last Friday at Bairnsdale City Oval.
Spectators were treated to an enthralling contest which seemed destined to be close for much of the hard-fought contest, with the visiting side escaping with a one-run after a tense finish which had West Bairnsdale down to their final wicket.
Glen Swamps openers Matt Baylis (16) and Scott Davidson (30) got their side off to a steady start before Baylis was caught for 16.
Davidson and Scott Dare then fell before Haydn Erfurth (89) and Nathan Pollard (16) put on an entertaining stand of 64 before losing the last four wickets to some disciplined bowling and fielding by West.
Liam Giove was West’s best bowler with 3/32.
The home got off to a great start and seemed in control at 1/82 after 20 overs (Brodie Anderson 51, Sam Stewart 30), however the Glen Swamps applied pressure through overs 20-30 and the run rate slowed accordingly.
For the last 10 overs the game was in the balance with West having every chance of winning.
To Lindenow South Glenaladale’s credit and effort, it held its nerve and was able to produce regular wickets late in the innings.
Davidson, with 4/40, was the best of the Glen Swamps’ bowlers.
✩ BLUES ON THE BOARD
Orbost secured its first win of the season last Friday, beating St Mary’s Nagle by nine runs in a hard-fought contest. Sent into bat on their home deck, the Blues made a horror start with Curtley Farley departing without scoring and captain, Jayden Price, dismissed for 10.
However, experienced campaigner, Alex Hulme (72) got the home side back on track. He hit seven boundaries in his half century and with support from Max Welsh (24) and Luke Endley (22), guided Orbost to 6/163.
Ricky Tatnell and Brayden McCarrey collected two wickets each for the Saints.
Like the Blues, St Mary’s didn’t start its run chase well with openers Joel Linford and Nathan Pruscino failing to reach double figures, both dismissed at the hands of youngster, Nick Davis.
Randall Stewart also failed to make an impact before McCarrey and Tatnell steadied for the Saints.
However, just as they got going McCarrey was run out for 14. Tatnell (65) lost Ethan East and Danny Hack cheaply before Dan Eastman (20) provided a spark in the lower order. The pair put on 48 for the seventh wicket, but it wasn’t enough as the final three wickets fell for 24 runs with Orbost sewing up victory with an over to spare. Davis starred up front with 2/28 from eight overs while Luke Endley, who didn’t take the new ball, claimed 3/34.
✩ SEAGULLS STALWART STARS
Lakes Entrance stalwart, Laurie Thomson, collected a career best seven-wicket haul to lead the Seagulls to an A” grade mauling of
Meerlieu. Lakes set the Tussocks a run chase of 185 following 88 from Jake Le Maitre, who enjoyed a 110-run third wicket partnership with Tom Stubbs (32), however the Seagulls failed to cash in late when a score of more than 200 was in reach.
However, extra runs mattered little as Thomson ripped through the Meerlieu batting order.
Despite being hit for back-to-back boundaries with his opening deliveries, Thomson had Brent Henderson caught for eight.
He would back up in his next over when Anthony Simpson spooned a drive to mid on and the wickets kept tumbling.
Mark Hopgood collected the wicket of opposing skipper, Reagan Kyle, caught brilliantly by Chris Darling at short fine leg, before Thomson blitzed the Meerlieu middle order.
The Tussocks went from 2/28 to all out for 46 in under 17 overs.
Thomson’s seven wickets included four bowled as he ended with 7/27. Hopgood claimed 2/14 from eight overs with Noah Dodd taking the final scalp.
✩ TIGERS TRIUMPH
Reigning premier, Wy Yung, took down
Lucknow by 60 runs at Tigerland. Batting first, the Tigers were steady with wickets in hand for most of their 40 overs, finishing at 6/178 with Daniel Gledhill a standout making 71 with valuable knocks from Ben Saxon (39) and Nick Carroll (30). Beau Haslam’s 2/21 was the Magpies’ best.
Lucknow was never really in the hunt with Wy Yung’s attack restricting it from the outset. The Magpies finished at 3/118 with Max Keddie batting through the innings for 35 not out. Stevie Bertino, Darcy Murray and Bryce Worboys shared the Wy Yung wickets.
Brodie Anderson scored 51 opening the innings for West.