Dingee shows it's the team to beat

DINGEE confirmed its status as the team to beat in the Northern United Cricket Association after defeating reigning premier Heathcote on Saturday.

Dingee won its seventh game in a row with the round nine victory at home in what was a game dominated by the ball.

Just 153 runs were scored in the match, with Dingee's 83 proving to be a winning total.

Wickets tumbled regularly in the Dingee innings after it was sent into bat.

The best partnership of the innings was the 17 put on by Darren Lawry (27 n.o.) and Daniel Whitfield (6) for the eighth wicket.

Apart from Lawry, the only other players to score in double figures for Dingee were opener Brett Holmes (10) and Geoff Harker (10).

Justin Hancock was superb with the ball for Heathcote, claiming 4-17 off eight overs.

Luke Bell (2-13) and Simon Osicka (2-11) were also multiple wicket-takers for Heathcote.

Darcy McLean (18) and Ben Harris (11) got Heathcote away to a positive start in reply with a 29-run partnership for the first wicket.

However, Dingee hit back in style, claiming 5-12 to leave Heathcote 5-41 before it was later bowled out for 70 in the 35th over.

The Heathcote innings included four players who made ducks, while Corey Dickins (19) top-scored.

Harker (3-11) and captain Scott Lawry (3-14) were both outstanding in their eight overs with the ball for Dingee, which has now beaten every side after earlier losing to Heathcote by 17 runs in round two.

• Calivil returned to the winner's list with a comfortable 89-run victory over Raywood.

Calivil was sent into bat and scored 159 before it was bowled out in the 39th over.

Lachlan Ralphs played a fine captain's knock with an unbeaten 51, which included putting on 52 for the ninth wicket with Caleb Smith (15) after Calivil had been 8-95.

Calivil had two batting collapses in its innings, crashing from 0-36 to 3-36 and later 3-81 to 8-95.

Damian Tresize (3-33), Matt Gould (3-24) and Jack Maher (3-33) all took three wickets for Raywood.

Raywood could muster just 70 in reply, with only No.3 Gould (36) scoring in double figures.

Phil Brown returned the impressive figures of 3-2 off 4.5 overs for Calivil, while Ash Smith (3-14) also took three wickets.

Like Calivil, Raywood also lost 3-0 during its innings when it slumped from 5-59 to 8-59.

• Colbinabbin ended its three-game losing streak with a victory over Elmore at home.

Colbinabbin compiled 6-170 batting first, headlined by 55 from opener Sam Vale.

Captain Locklan Sirrett (31) and Brian Dwyer (26) also made contributions in Colbinabbin's innings.

Bottom side Elmore's improved batting continued with its reply of 102 - its fourth score of at least 100 for the season.

Robert Stewart (3-28) and Dwyer (3-16) took three wickets apiece for Colbinabbin.

No Elmore details were supplied.

• There was no play in the Goornong v Bagshot game.

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