Edenhope wins third
DERGHOLM made its presence felt in its game with Wando Vale during the penultimate round of the Casterton District Cricket Association played at the weekend.
Despite another century from Wando Vale’s star all-rounder Lionel Balzan (104), Dergholm was able to restrict Wando Vale to 195 in the first innings and it will be up to the batsmen to steer Dergholm to their first win for the season next Saturday.
The Casterton-Edenhope game was completed on Sunday with the mutual agreements of both clubs and the CDCA and Edenhope scored its third win in a row. Edenhope had little trouble passing Casterton’s 213, which was made on the Saturday.
Edenhope finished 49 runs ahead, with 262, when it batted on the Sunday. Edenhope has not lost a game of any description since its outright loss to Pigeon Ponds on November 25.
Fifth-placed Merino certainly took the game up to ladder leader Pigeon Ponds. Good line and length bowling kept the Pigeon Ponds batsmen in check on the fast Merino Recreation Reserve.
In a late afternoon coup, Pigeon Ponds lost its last five batsmen for 10 runs, to present Merino with a target of 188 for the first innings points.
Other good contributors with the bat were Ricky Killey 68 (C), Murray Staude 56 (PP), Theo Zaxos 59 (E), Brad Talbot 52 (C), Daniel Brody 46 (PP), and Allan McIntyre 44 (E).
Best with the ball were James Thorn with 4-61 (M), Brad Talbot 4-87 (C) and Ken Dixon 3-24 (D).
Edenhope 262 d Casterton 213
CASTERTON won the toss and batted at the Edenhope Recreation Reserve. Sam Penfold and Ricky Killey opened cautiously with an opening partnership of 37.
Brent Cranage brought the partnership to an end when Penfold was caught by Chris Oliver for 12. Kane Forbes, a century maker from the last round, didn’t last long before being caught by Tim McIntyre from the bowling of Will Smith for one.
At 2-42, Brad Talbot (52) joined Rick Killey (68) in a valuable third wicket partnership of 104 runs. With their departure, courtesy of bowlers Oliver and Ben McIntyre, it was left to the experienced Chris Hutchins to protect the tail and steer the Maroons to a competitive first innings total.
When the last Casterton wicket fell at 213, Hutchins was 30 not out. Best with the ball for Edenhope were Chris Oliver with 2-50 and Will Smith 2-52.
The Edenhope opening partnership put on 49 before Will Smith was caught Hutchins bowled Talbot for 32. Two runs later Chad Eastwood (8) was caught behind, also from the bowling of Brad Talbot. With the score on 75, Talbot snared a third wicket when Ben Geary was trapped in front for seven.
Allan McIntyre (44), Theo Zaxos (59) and Chris Oliver (12) then made valuable contributions for Edenhope as the gap between the Edenhope score and the victory target total narrowed. The Casterton bowlers did their best to assist with a surfeit of 40 extras.
Edenhope passed the Casterton total for the loss of seven wickets, with Ben McIntyre (18) and Hugh Caldow (30no) contributing more valuable runs and bonus points. The innings closed at 262.
Best with the ball for Casterton were Brad Talbot with 4-87, Simon Sealy 2-28 and Rick Killey 2-51.
Points: Edenhope 21, Casterton 11.
Wando Vale 195 v Dergholm 1-25
The home team won the toss and invited Wando Vale to bat on a fast Dergholm Recreation Reserve outfield. Lionel Balzan and Toby Murrell opened the batting with a first wicket partnership of 42. Murrell (6) was trapped in front by Andrew Plummer, the first of four LBWs for the afternoon.
Troy O’Connell (1) was next to go, also LBW to Andrew Plummer. Then followed an 83-run partnership for the third wicket before Jacob Shannon struck to trap Stefan Thistelton (21) in front. At 3-128, the Scrubbers had fought back well.
Lionel Balzan continued to attack the Dergholm bowling and just after reaching his century, he was finally dismissed caught Len Dixon, bowled Ken Dixon for 104. Jason Cowland (14) looked good for a while until he was run out.
The last six Wando Vale wickets fell for just 37 runs and with Peter Tomkins retired hurt for two and Wando Vale was all out for 195. Good contributions with the ball came from Ken Dixon with 3-24, Andrew Plummer 2-22 and Jacob Shannon 2-25.
With 20 overs left before stumps, Dergholm lost Len Dixon (2), bowled by Stefan Thistelton. With an overnight total of 1-25, Dergholm will need a big effort from its batsmen to achieve the victory target next Saturday.