Lions chase down Tigers

An aggressive attempt by Morwell to force a result in its Central Gippsland Cricket Association first grade match against Moe backfired on Saturday when the Lions managed to chase down the Tigers’ score.

Morwell posted 4/114 before declaring in the 23rd over, posting a total which Moe was able to chase down in 29 overs for the loss of just three wickets.

The Tigers lost the toss and were sent in to bat, a decision which paid off when openers Barney Webber (9) and Sam Mooney (5) were dismissed with just 22 runs on the board.

Import Jordan Campbell (1) was out soon after, bringing all-rounder Brendan Brincat (43 not out) to the crease with captain Rory Hare.

The duo added 20 for the fourth wicket, before Riley Baldi had Hare out caught and bowled.

The wicket brought Mark Cukier (30 not out) to the crease with the score at 4/50, with the incoming batsman combining with Brincat to form a 64-run partnership before rain stopped play.

Fearing rain would deny him the time required to win the game, Hare decided to declare the innings closed after 22.3 overs and send Moe in to bat.

But the declaration did not have the desired effect, with Moe openers Kane O’Connell (54) and Lucas Fry (32) putting on 84 before O’Connell was stumped off the bowling of Brent Reside.

Reside struck again to remove Fry not long after, but with the scoreboard at 2/97 it appeared only rain could save the Tigers.

Ben Jackson put the result beyond doubt with 25 not out, allowing Moe to record its first win of the season.

Moe captain Andrew Philip, who was unavailable for selection and did not play in the match, said it was important to win early in the season.

“I’d hate for us to be winless heading into the two day games,” Philip said.

“It’s important you get some results early to give yourself a chance to break into the top four.”

Despite Morwell being the more fancied team, he said it was not the result which surprised him about the game.

“I didn’t expect there to be any play to be honest (because of the rain),” Philip said.

“I know we’ve got quality batsmen who can get defendable totals and chase down some decent totals.”

The result leaves Moe in fifth position and means Morwell drops to fourth, with less than one point separating the two teams.

Mirboo North v Yallourn North

LEAGUE powerhouse Mirboo North strengthened its position at the top of the table with an easy win against Yallourn North on Saturday.

The Tigers won the toss and decided to send their opponents in to bat at Mirboo North Recreation Reserve.

It was a decision that paid immediate dividends, with Nick Gooden (1), captain Callum Polo (2) and William Lawrey (7) all out to leave the score at 3/10.

Daniel Martini and Jake Redman tried to get the innings back on track, but the pair had only put on 15 runs when Redman was out for six.

Martini carried on but his dismissal for 18 with the score on 40 sparked another collapse.

Brendan Ruddell, Lachlan Getzendorfer and Jason Wiseman were all dismissed with the addition of only five runs to the score.

Daniel Keily soon joined them, leading Darren Wilkie to counterattack.

His dismissal for 15 brought the Bombers’ innings to a close, all out for 73 in 29.4 overs.

Jarrod Speed was the leading wicket taker for Mirboo North with 4/27 and was ably supported by William Cheatley (3/12) and spinner Dale Banks (2/9).

Tigers openers Adam Mates and Jesse Giardina (89) got their team off to a great start with a 120-run partnership.

Yallourn North’s total was an afterthought by the time Mates was dismissed for 34 and it was not long before Giardina joined him in the pavilion after he was out caught and bowled by Getzendorfer.

Captain Shane Peters continued to attack for the batsmen, making 55 before he was out with the score at 4/213.

The Tigers ended their innings 6/243 off 45 overs.

Of the nine bowlers used by the Bombers only two managed wickets, with Getzendorfer returning figures of 4/89 off 10 overs and Martini taking 2/14 off two.

Mirboo North is now more than 16 points clear of second-placed Latrobe at the top of the table, while Yallourn North is in last place.

Trafalgar v Jeeralang Boolarra

TRAFALGAR’S match against Jeeralang Boolarra was abandoned in the 12th over.

The Panthers won the toss and sent the Ships in.

Liam White (6 not out) and Marco Higgins (14 not out) took the score to 27 before play was abandoned.

Trafalgar is now in third place while Jeeralang Boolarra is sixth.

Latrobe had the bye.