United blasts Cowboy bowlers

FOUR players made half-centuries as United blasted 9-397 against Axe Creek in the start to round six of the Emu Valley Cricket Association on Saturday.

The Tigers' run-feast at Champions IGA Oval was led by No.8 Josh Filo (85), Luke Kairn (59), Andrew Gaul (57) and opener Andrew Collins (56).

While they were the half-century-makers for United, the Tigers also had Alex Collins score 43 and opener Tim Elliott add 24.

Elliott and Andrew Collins laid the platform for the Tigers with an opening stand of 55.

The Collins brothers - Andrew and Alex - then added 59 for the second wicket.

Gaul (246) and Elliott (213) both passed the 200-run mark for the season during their innings.

While the Tigers' batsmen dominated, the Cowboys didn't help their cause by bowling 34 extras in what was the third time this season they have conceded a score of at least 300.

The Cowboys, who have found it tough going with the ball all season, used eight bowlers.

David Cannings (2-72) was the only multiple wicket-taker, although, he was expensive, with his 72 runs coming off eight overs.

The Cowboys bowled just eight maidens in their 75 overs.

• Marong has already beaten Maiden Gully at Evolution Oval.

The in-form Panthers routed the Gully for just 81, led by performances from Dean Cosgriff (4-17), Adam Brown (2-14 off 13 overs), Nick Ede (2-9 off nine) and Jeremy Ross (2-18 off nine).

Maiden Gully was 0-23 before losing 3-0 to fall to 3-23.

Later the Gully was 3-59, but then collapsed again as it lost 7-22 to end the innings.

Only Robert Binks (18), Paul Martin (18) and Buddhi Wickramasinghe (10) scored in double figures for the Gully.

Marong went to stumps at 3-82 after earlier losing opener Scott Ross (0) without a run on the board.

Dylan Tonkin (49) and Thomas Huf (26) put on 78 for the second wicket, but both were dismissed in the shadows of stumps.

• West Bendigo is in control of its game against Mandurang at Ken Wust Oval.

The Redbacks will defend a score of 259, and have already landed a blow by dismissing dangerous Mandurang opener Matt Giri (0).

The Rangas - at risk of dropping two games out of the top four if beaten - will resume their innings next weekend at 1-9.

Earlier after winning the toss and batting, West Bendigo coach Matt Dwyer's strong form with the bat continued.

Dwyer scored 78 and now has 308 runs for the season at an average of 51.3.

Joel Purdy (59) also made a half-century for the Redbacks.

Purdy and Dwyer put on 101 for the fifth wicket.

The Redbacks looked headed for a score around 300 when they were 5-206, but after Dwyer was caught and bowled by Ben Rodda they lost their last five wickets for 53 runs.

Rodda (3-54) and captain Warrick Behrens (2-22) were the multiple wicket-takers among the nine Mandurang bowlers used.

• Spring Gully produced an improved batting display to score 220 against defending premiers Emu Creek at JG Edwards Oval.

The Crows were in a strong position at 1-104 before the Emus wrested back the momentum.

Spring Gully lost 4-18 to slump to 5-122 and another disappointing score loomed.

However, the lower-order offered some resistance as the Crows added 98 runs for their last five wickets.

Earlier, openers Jayden Mannix (24) and Des Gilmore (41) put on 45 for the first wicket, followed by a 61-run second-wicket stand between Gilmore and Jarrod Harris (29).

Down the order Jarrod Fitzpatrick added 38 at No.9 and put on 30 for the last wicket with Jason Tovey (0 n.o.).

Anthony Collins took the bowling honours for Emu Creek with 4-58 off 14.4 overs.

Simon Marwood (2-70), Daniel Chamberlain (2-41) and Khan Birtles (2-26) took two wickets each.

The Emus faced nine overs before stumps and scored at better than a run-a-ball. They will resume their innings at 1-56.

Brad Rowe (27 n.o.) and Shaun Cattanach (2 n.o.) are not out, with Lucas Ruiden (20) the batsman out.

• Sedgwick made an aggressive 194 against Golden Gully at California Gully Oval.

The Rams only batted for 46 overs before they were bowled out.

Sedgwick was in early trouble at 4-31, with Peter Moore doing the damage for the Cobras, claiming three of the first four wickets to fall.

However, Jordan Ilsley and recruit Brannon Stanford dug in for the Rams, both scoring half-centuries.

They put on 78 for the fifth wicket to get the innings back on track.

Stanford top-scored with 63, while Ilsley added 52 in what was his second half-century of the season.

The Rams were later 8-148, but their last two wickets combined for 46 runs, led by 22 n.o. from Sam Alcock and 11 from No.11 Jordan Knight.

Peter Moore finished with 3-44 off 14 overs for the Cobras, while Phil Moore (3-36) also took three wickets.

The Cobras ended the day at 1-44 off 15 overs.

Rick Johnson was dismissed for 16, with captain Brendon Lummis (13 n.o.) and Nathan Hamblin (8 n.o.) to continue the innings next week. 

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