Alex Gorrie cracks first Maiden Gully century of the season

ALEX Gorrie scored Maiden Gully’s first century of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season on Saturday on what was a big day with the bat against West Bendigo.

SAFE HANDS: Sedgwick's Greg Thomas takes the catch to dismiss Mandurang's James Pietromonaco for one on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

SAFE HANDS: Sedgwick's Greg Thomas takes the catch to dismiss Mandurang's James Pietromonaco for one on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Fighting to hold on to its position in the top four with two rounds remaining, Maiden Gully is in the box seat against West Bendigo after belting 7-341 at home.

Gorrie played the starring role in Maiden Gully’s tally with a knock of 106.

The opener struck 10 fours and four sixes in his innings, with he and Rob Brown laying the foundation for a dominant day at the crease by the Gully.

Gorrie and Brown (55) put on 158 for the first wicket.

It was their second century stand in a row after they combined for 122 against United the previous round.

After Gorrie was the first wicket to fall when caught by Josh Connolly off Andrew Mead (1-51), Maiden Gully captain Trevor Pickthall ensured the runs kept ticking over with an unbeaten 80.

West Bendigo used 10 bowlers, with the only player to take multiple wickets being Joel Purdy (2-17).

• Ball dominated bat in the battle between Sedgwick and Mandurang at Club Court.

By the close of play 14 wickets had fallen for just 132 runs.

The Rangas’ innings was all over inside 40 overs for just 93 after they won the toss and elected to bat.

The impressive Sedgwick bowling performance was spearheaded by Jordan Ilsley and Justin Hancock, who combined for seven wickets.

Ilsley’s 4-18 off 12 overs took his season tally to a competition-best 27 wickets, while Hancock claimed 3-24 off 11 overs.

In his first division one innings of the season, veteran Ben Rodda (16 n.o.) was the only Mandurang player to make more than 15.

By the end of play, though, the Rangas had hit back with four wickets as the ladder-leading Rams finished the day at 4-39 from 23 overs.

NICE SHOT: Sean Rashleigh (10) was one of just four Mandurang players to reach double figures against Sedgwick on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

NICE SHOT: Sean Rashleigh (10) was one of just four Mandurang players to reach double figures against Sedgwick on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

The four wickets to have fallen for the Rams are their four leading run-scorers for the season – Matt Dwyer (14), Daniel Chamberlain (10), Greg Thomas (3) and Ilsley (8).

Adam Reaper (3-12) did the bulk of the damage with the ball for the Rangas.

• Marong is off to a flyer in pursuit of Golden Gully’s 153.

After bowling the Cobras out in 52 overs, the Panthers will resume their chase next Saturday at 0-68, with Scott Ross (53 n.o.) having already made a half-century.

Earlier after they won the toss and bowled, Panthers’ leg-spinner Dean Cosgriff followed up his six wickets last round with another four.

Cosgriff jagged 4-32 off 11 overs, while Jeremy Ross (3-38) also kept the pressure on the Cobras, who having one stage been 1-92 lost their last nine wickets for 61 runs.

Jordan Knight (41) and opener Kansas Varker (38) added 64 for the second wicket, while the last pair of Bradley Smith (23) and Travis Nolan (3 n.o.) later put on 27 to push the Cobras’ score over 150.

• Following a rain-affected day, Spring Gully will have another 16 overs next Saturday to build on its tally of 7-173 against United.

Spring Gully’s Rhys Webb ticked over the 500-run mark during his innings of 51.

It was the sixth time in his 12 hits this season Webb, who now has 526 runs, has passed 50.

As well as Webb’s 51 the Crows – who lost 3-0 late in the day with the score on 166 – also had top-order contributions from Jesse Marciano (47) and captain Alex Sutton (32).