Top sides slide into break

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 21-Dec-2017

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Mandurang's Will Anderson dispatches a full toss.
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THE top two sides in Emu Valley cricket will take losing form into the Christmas break while a bolter has soared into top four contention in the final round of matches for 2017.

Sedgwick and Spring Gully both crashed to losses, while West Bendigo recorded another victory to move into fourth.

The Rams were rolled by bottom side Marong at home despite making 229.

Adam Chisholm smashed 89 not out, Andrew Gladstone added 71 and opener Scott Ross chipped in with 45 as the Panthers recorded a huge upset win.

It was just their second triumph of the season and lifted them off the bottom of the table, while it was just Sedgwick’s second loss.

At One Tree Hill Oval, neighbourly rivals Spring Gully and Mandurang did battle in a top-four clash that went the way of the visitors.

A patient Phil Berry (63 off 111) was the mainstay of the innings, with Matt Pask (40 off 48, five fours, two sixes) and James Pietromonaco (30 off 27, three sixes) hitting big.

Berry fell in the penultimate over to James Fox and was replaced by Will Anderson, who clubbed three fours in his seven balls at the crease to set a target of 190 for a bounce-back win for Gully.

That target proved far too much after the innings got off to a rotten start, with opener Jayden Mannix trapped in front by Pietromonaco without scoring.

Lachlan Brook top scored with 43 for a Crows batting lineup that offered little resistance and found itself all out for 139 off 33.2 overs as Mandurang cemented its top four position.

At Ewing Park, an even performance with the bat saw Maiden Gully spring an upset win over United.

Seven of Gully’s eight batsmen used scored at least 16 as they posted 207, led by Dallas Gill (42), Leon Beatty (34) and young gun Darcy Poulter (27).

Shane Rabbitt was the visitors’ main weapon in reply, taking 4/15 off eight overs as the Tigers were bowled out for 154.

Gully’s day was so good that even the one player that failed with the bat, Trevor Pickthall, took four catches and affected a run out in the fielding effort.

Despite the loss, United still sits one spot ahead of Gully on the table in fifth.

And West Bendigo’s third straight win saw it into the top four, taking a four wicket win over Golden Gully behind 60 from Gary Singh.

The EVCA season continues on January 6 with one-day matches.

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