St Arnaud records first outright win of season

ST ARNAUD recorded the first outright win of the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association season against Marnoo at the weekend.

The Saints resumed with a commanding first-innings lead of 222, and added another 10 runs to the lead before being all out for 302 early on Saturday.

Winless Marnoo faced a daunting run chase and was unable to make up the ground it needed.

Openers Brylie Cameron, one run, and Stewart MacPherson, duck, fell cheaply before Stuart Lang provided temporary stability with a knock of 59. The team was bowled out for 134.

Bruce Hando took six wickets in the first innings for St Arnaud but at the weekend it was Jacob Patching who did the damage, finishing with 6-62.

Ladder-leader Donald was too good for reigning premier St Mary’s, winning comfortably in the first innings.

In reply to St Mary’s 74, Donald resumed at 3-85 and immediately set about extending the lead.

Ross Funcke’s contribution of 30 not out helped Donald to a total of 171 and a 97-run lead.

St Mary’s returned to complete its second innings, making 5-119 before declaring, but time ran out before Donald could bat again.

Dion Hawkes was the only bowler to finish with multiple wickets for Donald in the second innings, taking 2-23.

Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills showed why it is one of the teams to beat, easily disposing of Jeffcott. The Eagles set the home side a target of 261 in the first innings and bowled them out for 153.

Jeffcott’s scorecard would have looked much uglier if not for Daniel Pearce, who scored 73 runs – nearly half his team’s total.

Charlton got an important win against fellow finals contender Wycheproof-Narraport.

Daniel Whykes led the way for the home side with a magnificent knock of 114 not out to give it a 205-run first innings lead.

The Demons were halfway through their second innings when time ran out.

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