Gormandale rewrites history



GORMANDALE created history by becoming the first side in more than three decades to chase down over 350 runs and win on day two of round 11 in Traralgon and District Cricket.

More astounding still, the Tigers achieved the feat just four wickets down thanks to twin tons at the top of the order.

Rovers had a day out against Toongabbie and amassed their highest score in years with 312.

Glengarry was too good for Raiders, Centrals kept slim finals hopes alive with a win over Imps, while Ex Students bundled a disappointing CATS out for 83.

Churchill v Gormandale

ONLY the bravest punter would have backed the Tigers to hunt down 353, but in a record breaking chase Gormandale did it four wickets down and with six overs to spare.

Centurians Al Jenkin and Grantley Switzer set the tone by putting on a sensational 199 run opening partnership.

Switzer was punishing and his customary big shots, which yielded six sixes, all came out of the bag.

He brought up his 21st A grade century, another league record, before he was finally dismissed for a match winning 141.

Swashbuckling 17 year-old Al Jenkin, who started at Gormandale five years ago, was also outstanding in bringing up his first A grade hundred – a gallant 109.

Kent Hammond made 37 to keep the ball rolling and Adrian Burgiel was 36 not out when the Tigers romped home.

Glengarry v Raiders

CHASING 246 Raiders was extremely disappointing, bundled out for a lowly 112.

Tim Darby and Leigh Jensen both scored 22 to be best for a limp Raiders outfit.

Glengarry bowled well and utilised its inherent variation to great effect.

Star recruit Ryan Delaney was superb, snaring six wickets for 30 off 15 overs.

CATS v Ex Students

CATS entered day two needing 59 to win with six wickets in hand but managed just 44 to fall agonisingly short.

The Sharks were all over them and captain Lee Stockdale led the way, capturing 4/19 to claim best bowling figures.

Ex Students batted a second time and finished the day at 7/187.

Stockdale (60), Greg Munro (36) and Rick Battista (38) all enjoyed valuable time in the middle.

Rovers v Toongabbie

ROVERS produced its highest score in over a decade, a magnificent 312, to easily account for Toongabbie.

The batting side never looked in any danger on day two and rollicked in for win number four for the season.

Simon Duff contributed a solid 60 but Nila Thillekarathna was the mainstay, guiding the team to victory with a well made 78.

Nathan Dunstone scored a timely 49 but number nine batsman Matt Whitechurch stole the show by producing his highest A grade score of 82.

Matt Golding was best for the Rams with 4/100 while Josh Sandy took 3/12.

Imperials v Centrals

THE closest game of the round saw Centrals teeter on the brink of defeat at 7/163 chasing 181.

Jamie Hall top scored with a well made 62, while Mark Rawson contributed 35.

The Centrals middle order fought hard for the win as Corey Pollard (10) Dylan Loprese (19) and Marc Fenech (11) all did enough to get the points.

In a tremendous spell Brad Sizeland bowled 24 overs to take 6/40, while Joel Randall took 3/68.

TDCA B grade

Ex Students 611 (J Gilmore 124, J Kerry 100, D Spence 86) def CATS 131 (L Bence 70, L Henderson 4/30); MTY Raiders 95 lt Glengarry 9/237(cc) (D Little 51*); Toongabbie 67 (K Stoddart 33, D Brain 5/13, S Carney 5/29) lt Rovers 157 (D Williams 63, K Stoddart 4/36) and 6/143 (M Manthilake 34); Centrals 7/275(cc) (N Celima 101*, RL Wilkie 52) lt Imperials 276 (R Williams 140, G Warfe 6/91); Gormandale 216 (C Bell 79, M Jacobsen 78, S Warr 3/22) lt Churchill 2/225 (D Radovich 62, R Jellis 62*, S Warr 61).

TDCA C grade

Centrals 6/173 (R Patterson 53*) def Imperials 162 (N Miller 48*, M Petersen 4/31); Ex Students 4/322(cc) (J Henderson 136*, N O’Brien 83) def Rovers 133 (R Bruce 32, N O’Brien 4/5); Churchill 7/165(cc) (G Harvey 49, J Fenech 40) def by Traralgon West 5/172 (C Waring 2/27).