AN inspired bowling performance from Pigeon Ponds’ Joel Staude paved the way for a comfortable Ponds first innings victory over Wando Vale on the second day of round eight of the Casterton and District Cricket Association last Saturday.
In a major batting collapse, Wando Vale slumped from 4-86 to be all out for 94 in an innings of 40 overs. Staude took 5-28 and then followed this up with a valuable 37 in the Ponds second innings of 227.
Pigeon Ponds has jumped over Casterton on the points table and now sits in second position, four points behind Edenhope. While the composition of the final four seems set, the fight for the top two ladder places between Edenhope, Pigeon Ponds and Casterton promises to be interesting in the final two rounds of the competition.
Wando Vale resumed on 1-17 and its target was 175 for victory. Overnight batsmen Toby Murrell and Lionel Balzan took the score to 46 before Balzan was bowled by Mark Staude for 18.
Full story in the Casterton News on Wednesday, January 29, 2014.