Cobras strike in outright victory

GOLDEN Gully has moved within six points of the Emu Valley Cricket Association top four after beating Maiden Gully outright at Evolution Oval on Saturday.

The Cobras started the day at 7-103 in pursuit of Maiden Gully's 122.

Needing 20 more runs for victory, Shaun O'Shea (16) and Steven Hirst (16) guided the Cobras over the line as they took the score to 135.

Maiden Gully hit back late with the ball, taking 3-7 at the end of the innings to dismiss the Cobras for 142.

Opening bowlers Shane Rabbitt and Brett Haw both took 4-42 for Maiden Gully, which in its second innings was bundled out for just 92 as it was unable to handle a brilliant spell from the Cobras' Peter Moore.

Moore picked up his second bag of five or more wickets this season with 6-31 off 11 overs, while Nathan Shatwell chipped in with 3-15.

Maiden Gully's second innings got off to a poor start when its leading run-scorer this season, Rob Brown, made his second duck of the match.

Only No.3 Robert Binks (32) made more than 15 for the battling Maiden Gully.

Needing 73 runs for outright points, the Cobras raced to 0-74 in just 11.3 overs through openers Jeremy Rogerson (53 n.o.) and Rick Johnson (18 n.o.).

Golden Gully has now been involved in both outright results in the EVCA this season.

While the Cobras won outright on Saturday, they lost outright to Spring Gully in round three, despite leading on the first innings.

• West Bendigo maintained its position at the top of the ladder after successfully defending its score of just 139 against Spring Gully at OTH Oval.

The Crows again failed to fire with the bat as they were bundled out for 82 after starting the day at 2-10.

The only partnership of more than 13 in the Spring Gully innings was the 31 Liam Pilcher (11) and top-scorer Des Gilmore (19) put on for the third wicket.

The in-form Dale Warren was the destroyer with the ball for West Bendigo, claiming 5-35 off 17.4 overs.

Warren was well supported by Scott Ryan's 4-25 off nine overs.

With a fifth win in a row secured, the Redbacks made the most of some Saturday afternoon batting practice, scoring 7-190 off 43 overs in their second innings, led by knocks from captain Dion Prange (42), Michael Peters (41), Travis O'Connell (34) and Ken Bell (32).

• Top side Emu Creek put another nail in the coffin of Mandurang's finals aspirations, defeating the Rangas by 80 runs at Pearce Reserve.

In pursuit of the Emus' 8-337 and having to do it without their best batsman Matt Giri (absent), the Rangas didn't go down without a fight, recovering from 5-52 to post a respectable 257.

From the precarious 5-52, Ben Rodda (79 n.o., 11 fours) and Michael Healy (84, 11 fours, one six) gave the Emus some anxious moments with their 125-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Rodda's unbeaten 79 improved his batting average to 98.7, with the veteran having been dismissed just three times in making 296 runs.

Emu Creek's Anthony Collins (4-74) and Simon Marwood (2-54) have now combined for 51 wickets between them after their efforts with the ball, while the experienced Shane Hamilton also bowled well to take 3-35 for the reigning premiers.

• After his big week with the bat at Bendigo Country Week, United's Andrew Collins continued his good form in the Tigers' win over Sedgwick at Club Court.

Resuming on 24 n.o., Collins' consistent season rolled on as he scored 90 in the Tigers' 272 in reply to the Rams' 181.

Andrew Gaul added 49 for the Tigers, who passed their target for the loss of just three wickets.

Sedgwick was 3-72 off 8.2 overs in its second innings. No Rams' details were supplied.

• Axe Creek fell well short of Marong's 7-342 after it was bowled out for 167 at Marong Links Oval.

The Cowboys were never in the hunt in their run-chase after they crashed to 6-28 and later 7-56.

However, Cowboys captain' Travis Nolan dug in with an unbeaten 78 in what was his third half-century of the season.

Nolan and Jamie Morgan (35) put on 57 for the ninth wicket in the best partnership of the innings.

Marong opening bowlers Duane Anderson (4-24) and Jeremy Ross (3-27) took seven wickets between them in the 175-run win.

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