MAIDEN GULLY V SPRING GULLY
SPRING Gully’s Rhys Webb cracked the first century of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season on Saturday.
Webb belted 124 in the Crows’ tally of 283 against Maiden Gully.
The all-rounder topped the rankings in last season’s Addy Most Valuable Player and has picked up from where he left off, with Webb’s 124 following on from a first-up 56 the previous week.
In his third season with the Crows, Saturday was Webb’s fourth century with the club.
He came in with the score at 1-20 and didn’t depart until he was the fifth wicket to fall when caught by Rob Brown off the bowling of Shane Rabbitt with the Crows at 251.
Webb was part of a 101-run partnership for the second wicket with opener Brannon Stanford (61).
Having one stage been 4-251, the Crows lost their last six wickets for just 32 runs to be bowled out in the 72nd over.
Brown took three of the last six wickets to fall for Maiden Gully as part of his 4-46 off 15 overs, while Rabbitt finished with 3-51.
EMU CREEK V MARONG
• Marong opener Duane Anderson carried his bat against Emu Creek, but was denied a century.
Anderson ran out of partners and was left stranded on 94 not out in the Panthers’ total of 207 at J.G. Edwards Oval in what was Emu Creek’s return to division one.
The Emus’ side featured a huge recruiting coup in Jeremy Brown (1-19), but it was his twin brother and captain, Todd Brown, who was the headline performer.
Brown bagged 6-28 off 21.4 overs, including 12 maidens, for the Emus, with his scalps featuring two bowled, two lbw and two caught.
Brown – one of 10 bowlers used – also took a catch in what was a super start for his new club.
Meanwhile, Anderson’s unbeaten 94 came off 193 balls and featured 15 boundaries.
He was involved in two partnerships worth more than 50 – 59 for the second wicket with Adam Brown (21), and 52 for the fourth with Mitchell Dean (39).
The Panthers stumbled mid-innings when they lost 4-14 as they fell from 3-141 to 7-155.
CALIFORNIA GULLY V SEDGWICK
• The rebranded California Gully – formerly Golden Gully – has 262 on the board to defend against Sedgwick, and has already made early inroads into its defence.
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With seven overs to negotiate before the stumps, the Rams finished at 1-10, with Cobras’ captain Brad Webster having claimed the wicket of Damien Coppock (4).
Earlier, Shaun O’Shea was the best of the Cobras with the bat with a knock of 85 after coming in at No.7, while top order pair Jordan Knight (41) and recruit Ben Henson (30) worked hard to lay a platform to build from.
In his first game for Sedgwick paceman Peter Moore snared 4-53 against his former club.
MANDURANG V UNITED
• Xavier Walsh and Ben Manning both made half-centuries for United.
Walsh scored 51, while in his first hit for his new club Manning compiled 50 in the Tigers’ 210 against Mandurang.
Patrick Hartney (49) fell just short of being the third player to raise his bat for the Tigers, whose innings got off to a shaky start at 1-0 when opener Seb Greene (0) was bowled by Jeremy Hancock.
Greene was the first of five scalps for Hancock, who bagged a career-best 5-24 for the Rangas.
The Tigers had been in a strong position at 5-193 to push for 250-plus, but lost their last five wickets for 17 runs and were dismissed in the 68th over as the Rangas fought back well.
MAIDEN GULLY V WEST BENDIGO – SUNDAY
• In Sunday’s one-day game Maiden Gully (5-220) defeated West Bendigo (2-214) by five wickets.
Travis O’Connell (86 n.o.) and Ken Bell (54) both made half-centuries in the Redbacks’ total batting first.
Trevor Pickthall made an unbeaten 84 for Maiden Gully in its successful run chase.
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