Redbacks aim high

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 17-Nov-2017

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West Bendigo is hoping it can notch a second straight win.
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WEST Bendigo faces a tough ask to build on the first win of its Emu Valley Cricket Association campaign when it hosts the in-form United.

The Redbacks opened their account with a dominant performance against bottom side Marong.

The reliable Trav O’Connell and Ben Henson led the way with the bat for West Bendigo with half centuries on day one, despite Marong’s Tom Wilson snaring six wickets.

After setting a competitive total with the bat, a strong bowling performance saw them roll Marong for just 104.

The Panthers never got going in reply, Greg Fennell their highest scorer with 22, while five batsmen failed to make more than two.

Joel Purdy took four wickets for the Redbacks, while Gary Singh claimed three in an innings that lasted just 54 overs.

Marong went in to bat again with the Redbacks chasing an unlikely outright victory and relished a bit more freedom, Scott Ross belting 85 as the Panthers made 1/152 from 23 overs.

Meantime, United rolled past Mandurang thanks largely to a vintage all-round performance from Kieran Nihill. 

The Tigers scrapped their way to 176 on day one, finding themselves at 2/10 before Nihill and Xavier Walsh added some valuable middle-order runs.

Mandurang’s chase started well enough despite Nihill picking up the wickets of Cain Ladiges and Clint Botham, but looked shaky when Matt Pask was caught by Nihill off James Smith to make the score 4/83.

Luke Rafferty and James Pietromonaco battled on to add 31 for the fifth wicket, but a collapse of 6/34 to end the innings left the Rangas 27 short of victory.

Nihill engineered the demise of the tail, picking up the final four wickets in quick order to end with figures of 6/25 from 17 overs, including 12 maidens.

Mandurang this week faces Maiden Gully, which is also coming off a loss.

Gully was rolled for just 97 against a fired-up Sedgwick, before Matt Dwyer (61) and Daniel Chamberlain (65) took Gully’s bowling lineup apart, belting 133 off just 23 overs.

Sedgwick plays Golden Gully this weekend, while ladder leader Spring Gully hosts Marong at One Tree Hill Oval.

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