Lions’ double act

Dylan Arvela

Moe and Centrals both made it two wins from two matches while clutch bowling at Jack Canavan Oval saw Traralgon West hold off Trafalgar.

Centrals 6/189 def Yallourn North 109

A fine bowling performance saw Centrals overcome Yallourn North to go two from two in the LVDCL A Grade competition.

Centrals chose to bat first at Apex Reserve and the side put on 189 for the loss of six wickets with a tidy 73-run partnership between Tye Hourigan (49) and wicketkeeper Sam Gray (61) for the fourth wicket setting up the total. Nicholas Hume and Izaiah Lange both bagged two-for while Chris Perry conceded just 18 runs off his 10 overs.

Yallourn North never got going in its run chase with the only total of note coming from Royce Colgrave, who scored 24 coming in at number nine. The Red and Blacks were all out halfway through the 27th over. Corey Pollard had claims for man of the match with his 4/20 while Tom Webster picked up three wickets – one of which was caught by Hourigan who caught three for the match.

Moe 9/215 def Jeeralang-Boolarra 166

Moe made it back-to-back wins to start life in the second division with a 49-run win over Jeeralang-Boolarra.

The Lions won the toss and decided to bat and the decision paid off with Sean Spiteri (72) and Andrew Philip (75) putting on a 120-run stand for the second wicket. Ben Maslen (14) and Jagbir Singh (11) were the only others who reached double figures but Moe still finished with a competitive 215. Mark Rawson toiled well for the Panthers, taking 4/33.

Jeeralang-Boolarra got off to an awful start in its run chase, going three wickets down with just 25 runs on the board. Rawson (35) steadied the innings along with skipper Ben Heath (29, but the Panthers were still skittled well short of the target. Luke Sumner was impressive, taking 3/36, while Spiteri and Daniel Farmer got two wickets apiece.

Traralgon West 9/178 def Trafalgar 171

Traralgon West got off the mark with a seven-run win at home to Trafalgar.

The Green and Golds went into bat first after winning the toss and after opener Ben Edebohls went for a duck, Nilantha Thillekarathna (25) and skipper Tim Fitch (47) managed to put on 71 runs for the second wicket.

That partnership, along with a few hand contributions including Bryan Griffiths 26 runs at nine gave Traralgon West something to bowl at. Trafalgar bowlers Jackson Noonan, Zack Brown, Brodie Burgess and Nicholas Gurney all taking two-for.