Spring Gully with 239 on board to defend against Sedgwick

TWO-FOR: Sedgwick's Jordan Ilsley picked up 2-40 off 12.2 overs against Spring Gully at Club Court. Ilsley now has 22 wickets for the season.
TWO-FOR: Sedgwick's Jordan Ilsley picked up 2-40 off 12.2 overs against Spring Gully at Club Court. Ilsley now has 22 wickets for the season.

SPRING Gully has 239 to defend in its Emu Valley Cricket Association top-of-the-ladder clash against Sedgwick.

The match at Club Court was the only EVCA game on Saturday to get through the day’s play on what was a rain-affected start to round 11.

The other three division one games have now reverted to ordinary conditions.

The Crows had plenty of batsmen get starts in their innings – 10 made double figures – but none were able to cash in, with No.10 James Fox’s 42 the top score.

The Crows were in danger of being bowled out for under 200 when they fell to 8-174

CRACK: Spring Gully opener Brannon Stanford hits the ball through the off-side during his innings of 36 off 54 balls against Sedgwick. Pictures: DARREN HOWE

CRACK: Spring Gully opener Brannon Stanford hits the ball through the off-side during his innings of 36 off 54 balls against Sedgwick. Pictures: DARREN HOWE

However, Fox and captain Alex Sutton (26) teamed for a valuable 56-run stand for the ninth wicket to give the Crows some late momentum.

Earlier, openers Brannon Stanford (36) and Joel Bish (26) put on 56 for the first wicket to get the Crows away to a solid start.

All six Sedgwick bowlers used took a wicket, with Justin Hancock (3-53), Jordan Ilsley (2-40) and Daniel Chamberlain (2-59) all taking multiples.

• Marong was 6-127 in the 52nd over when rain put an end to play against Maiden Gully.

The Gully struck late when Panthers’ top-scorer Duane Anderson (29) was run out by Anthony Medhurst just before rain brought an end to play.

Having won the toss and batted, the Panthers were one stage 0-52 with openers Scott Ross (25) and Chris Dixon (25) at the crease, but lost 4-16 to crash to 4-68, with Rob Brown (2-16) and Josh Sheehan (2-10) picking up two wickets each during the flurry.

• Mandurang has West Bendigo on the back foot in the battle of third v fourth.

PULL SHOT: Spring Gully opener Joel Bish scored 26 off 42 balls in the EVCA's top-of-the-ladder clash against Sedgwick.

PULL SHOT: Spring Gully opener Joel Bish scored 26 off 42 balls in the EVCA's top-of-the-ladder clash against Sedgwick.

Just 27 overs were bowled, but that was enough for the Rangas to have the resurgent Redbacks under pressure at 4-60 before play ended at 3.05pm.

Boe Bish (17 n.o.) in his first hit of the season and Darren De Marchi (17 n.o.) were the not out batsmen for the Redbacks, who one stage had been 3-13 and then 4-36.

Among the early West Bendigo wickets to fall was the competition’s leading run-scorer Travis O’Connell, who was caught by Phil Berry off James Pietromonaco (1-12) for five.

• Just 18.2 overs were played in the contest between United and Golden Gully.

The Tigers were sent in and were 2-49 when play was called off, with James Smith (19 n.o.) and Keiran Nihill (4 n.o.) to resume the innings next week.

• Meanwhile, Emu Creek’s division two side had a big day with the bat in its game against Axe Creek, plundering 9-406.

SEAM UP: Sedgwick's Quinton Bentley bowls against Spring Gully on Saturday. Bentley finished with 1-57 off 12 overs.

SEAM UP: Sedgwick's Quinton Bentley bowls against Spring Gully on Saturday. Bentley finished with 1-57 off 12 overs.

The Emus’ innings included a 201-run opening stand between Luke Bennett (114) and Shane Hamilton (111), who both scored centuries.

Hamilton also scored a century (121) against the Cowboys in round four.

The innings also produced a fine bowling performance from the Cowboys’ Chris Lever, who took 7-56 off 17 overs.

NORTHERN UNITED

Raywood won the NUCA’s first Queens Arms Hotel Twenty20 title with a comfortable 46-run win over Calivil in Saturday night’s final.

While he wasn’t part of the winning side, Calivil’s David Dennis (3-16) claimed a hat-track when he dismissed William Kenny (4), Anthony Leddin (0) and Nick Simpson (0) in consecutive deliveries to finish off the Raywood innings.

Raywood made 120 off its 20 overs after being sent in, with skipper Kale Hoggins (28) top-scoring.

Calivil struggled with the bat in reply, all out for 66 in 15 overs, with its last four wickets falling for just five runs.

Only Steve Roberts (17) and Ash Smith (15) made double figures for Calivil.

Leddin (3-10), Braden Latter (2-15), Shaun Strom (2-20) and Kenny (2-9) were all multiple wicket-takers for the victorious Raywood.

Earlier in the day in the third v fourth play-off, Bagshot (1-93) had an easy nine-wicket win over Colbinabbin (5-92).

UPPER LODDON

Reigning premier Bridgewater was the big winner in what was a rain-affected round of one day matches.

The Bulls were the only team to record a win after they defeated bottom side Newbridge by 31 runs.

The Bulls made 9-154 off their 35 overs batting first, before dismissing Newbridge for 123.

• Ladder-leader Kingower was bowled out for 115 by Serpentine.

Opening bowler Andrew Gladman was in fine form with 4-16, including a hat-trick, for Serpentine, which didn’t get the opportunity to begin its chase.

• Jonathan Lanyon, who came in with the score 2-13, compiled 60 in Boort-Yando’s tally of 9-153 against Inglewood.

Rhys Roberts (3-18) and David Smyth took three wickets apiece for Inglewood, whose run-chase didn’t get a start.

• And Arnold was 3-50 off 16 overs in pursuit of Wedderburn’s 5-146 when rain forced an end to play.

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Ladder:

Kingower – 37

Arnold – 34

Boort-Yando – 27

Inglewood – 25

Bridgewater – 21

Serpentine – 19

Wedderburn – 15

Newbridge – 6