Diggers, Coro and Leagues perform well in GDCA second grade

Derek Opo has led the charge for Leagues in their second grade game with Yenda out at Hanwood Oval.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Leagues made a decent start with Opo and Ted Jones (11) combining for an opening stand 27 before Jesse Wade-Ryan (4/21) removed Jones.

Kierran Williams (8) tired to keep the score ticking over with Opo before he was bowled by Wade-Ryan to have the score on 2/41. Opo found a long-term partner in James Shelton (29) as the pair gave the side a boost with a 60-run partnership.

When Shelton fell to the bowling of Dwayne Cottom (1/16) Yenda would have hoped the scoring would slow however this was not the case as Babar Safdar (34) made sure the scoring would continue.

Wickets fell in quick succession as Leagues went in search of runs as Opo continued to work away to reach 92* when the Panthers reached the end of their 40 overs with a total of 8/202.

Josh Ryan (7) and Zac Rudiger (20) tried to make inroads into the mammoth total with a 21-run opening stand before Williams (2/22) and Liam Warren (2/32) removed both openers.

Simon Spiers (32) was the main resistance before he was dismissed by Jackson Hassan (2/36) while Michael Rynhard (15) and Mark McLean (11) added late runs but when Opo (2/1) and Safdar (2/14) picked up, the final two wickets Leagues picked up a 90-run victory.

In the Exies and Diggers game, it was a tough start for Exies as they lost Scott Campbell (3) and Lyle Campbell (1) to have them on 2/7.

Jonathon Streat (13) and Dan Brady (13) lead a fight back with a 20-run partnership before they were both dismissed bringing Brett Findlay (13) and Jimmy Mann (18*). Glen Faganello (3/15) and Nicola Harbison (1/15) ripped through the middle order to see Exies bowled out for 76.

Exies made a quick start in response with Brian Corner (30*), and Brett Green(10) leading the way before Dan Duckworth (1/18) struck to remove Green.

Trevor Richards added a quickfire (13) before Blake Wiseman (1/34) with Rocky Perre (22) joining Corner to guide Diggers to an eight-wicket win.

In the final game of the round, Coro defeated Coleambally by 31 runs.