GDCA Fourth Grade Wrap

Exies Club have again flexed their muscles in fourth grade following a dominant win over Coro Cougars on Wednesday afternoon.

CARRYING THE BAT: Exies' Hayden Forner was the backbone to Exies success during their game against Coro. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

CARRYING THE BAT: Exies' Hayden Forner was the backbone to Exies success during their game against Coro. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Exies looked to assert some early scoreboard pressure before Mason Rosengreen (1) was runout by Cooper Rand with the score on 13.

The fall of wicket did little to prevent the runs from Exies as Hayden Forner and Sam Irvin put together a 59-run partnership which put Exies onto 1/71 off 14.4 overs before Irvin (40) was forced into retirement.

Billy Evans (12) came out to join Forner, and the pair were able to get the side to 90 before Evans was dismissed by Mark Bennett (1/7) with Mason Ashcroft following close behind after he was run out by Ben Wood.

James Roche (11) added some late runs with Forner to see Exies finish with 3/120 off their 25 overs.

Joseph Bellicanta (7) and Lewis Murphy (5) tried to make some early inroads to the total, but when Bellicanta fell to the bowling of Evans (1/3), it triggered a spiral Coro weren’t able to break out of.

The Cougars would go on to lose 10 wickets for just 24 runs with Wood (6) the only batsmen who got close to breaking double figures.

Amandeep Singh (2/2) and Ashcroft (2/3) took two wickets each as Exies were able to come away with a 95-run victory.

Leagues were able to pick up a convincing win of their own when they took on Diggers.

After winning the toss and electing to bat it looked like it was going to be a long game for Diggers as early wickets put them on the back foot.

Dean Casey (0) fell to the bowling of Chaise Sergi (1/1) while Benjamin Devery followed a ball late when he was bowled by Leo Forner (1/0).

Diggers occupied the crease well, but tight bowling from Leagues made it hard for the batsmen to get the ball away.

When Patrick Gunn (1/1) picked up the wicket of Callum Mirtschin (6) Diggers were sitting on 3/12 off 8.2 overs before Noah Gaske (1/1) picked up the wicket of Ryan Garcia (1).

By the end of their allotted overs, Diggers had reached a final total of 5/38.

Small targets can often be the more difficult ones to chase down, and when Leagues lost Fergus Shelton (9) after he was run out by Devery, it looked like it might turn into a tough task.

However, when Nobeljit Kalsi (20*) joined Chaise Sergi (5*) the pair were able to guide Leagues to a nine-wicket win with 18.2 overs remaining.

The result means Exies have jumped into first place sitting five points ahead of second-placed Hanwood who had the bye.