A CENTURY to Spring Gully’s Lachlan Brook led the Crows to a commanding 191-run win over reigning premier Golden Gully in the Emu Valley Cricket Association on Saturday.
The Crows – who started the day 1-53 – plundered the highest score of the season so far as they answered the Cobras’ 122 with 313 at California Gully Oval.
Left-hander Brook was the backbone of the innings with his knock of 102 in a win that improved the ladder-leading Crows to 5-0.
Brook began his innings with the Crows’ 3-108 following the dismissal of Rhys Webb (57) and didn’t depart until he was the ninth wicket to fall with the score at 270.
On a tough day in the field for the Cobras, Kansas Varker (4-67 off 18.1) and skipper Brad Webster (3-64 off 14) combined for seven wickets, while wicket-keeper Mick Galvin was kept busy behind the stumps taking five catches.
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• In the clash of two teams fighting for their first win, it was West Bendigo that prevailed against Marong at Ken Wust Oval.
The Redbacks’ tally of 220 proved well out of reach of the Panthers, who were bundled out for just 104 after they succumbed to two batting collapses.
At one stage the Panthers lost 4-4 as they slumped from 0-46 to 4-50.
And later, their last six wickets fell for 25 as 4-79 became all out for 104.
The win was only the Redbacks’ third in their past 25 games, with the chief wicket-takers Joel Purdy (4-12 off 4) and Gary Singh (3-24 off 9).
Skipper Brendon Lummis (1-19 off 14) kept the pressure on the Panthers, while Josh Connolly (0-4) conceded just four runs off seven economical overs.
The Panthers fared much better in their second innings in scoring 1-152, with Scott Ross cracking 13 boundaries in an unbeaten 87.
• Veteran Keiran Nihill bowled United to victory against Mandurang.
Nihill proved a handy fourth-change bowler as he ripped through the Rangas, taking 6-25 off 17 overs, with four of his wickets unassisted – three bowled and one lbw.
Chasing the Tigers’ 176, the Rangas fell 25 runs short as they were bowled out for 151 at Ewing Park.
Opener Cain Ladiges (39) and Luke Rafferty (35) were the best of the batsmen for the Rangas, who had their three-game winning streak ended.
The Tigers were 7-85 in their second innings.
• Maiden Gully denied Sedgwick outright points in their clash at Club Court.
The Rams immediately declared at 2-133 in reply to the Gully’s 97.
However, Maiden Gully knuckled down in its second innings, batting for 72 overs in compiling 172.
Three Rams’ bowlers picked up multiple wickets – Simon Marwood (3-33 off 14), Jordan Ilsely (2-20 off 9) and Quinton Bentley (2-54 off 17).
Captain Trevor Pickthall led the second innings rearguard action from Maiden Gully with 40 off 118.
Spring Gully – 80.8
Sedgwick – 67.8
Mandurang – 55.0
United – 53.7
Maiden Gully – 53.2
West Bendigo – 27.8
Golden Gully – 26.7
Marong – 16.2
Maiden Gully v Mandurang, Spring Gully v Marong, West Bendigo v United, Sedgwick v Golden Gully.