GDCA fourth grade resumes after Christmas break

Fourth grade cricket returned to the playing surface at the Griffith Showgrounds for the first time in 2018 with Leagues taking on Coro and Exies fighting for top spot when they took on Hanwood.

Leagues won the toss in their game against the Cougars and elected to bat however suffered a slow start with the loss of three early wickets.

Michael Cudmore (0) fell to the bowling of Jacob Witherspoon (1/14) with Patrick Gunn (2) and Leo Forner (7) following soon after to have Leagues at 3/15 after 7.3 overs.

Noel Gaske and Patrick Payne lead a fight back for the Panthers as the pair were able to put on a 60-run partnership to swing the game back in their favour before Gaske (29) fell to the bowling of Ben Signor (1/11).

Fergus Shelton joined Payne at the crease, and the pair got their side to within touching distance of three figures before Payne (28) was dismissed by Jake Rand (1/7).

Shelton (16*) continued Leagues push for runs as after 25 overs the Panthers finished on 6/113.

Coro was on the back foot early with Mark Bennett (0) falling to the bowling of Chaise Sergi (1/5) while Alex Minato (2/13) picked up the wicket of Ben Wood (0) to have Coro on 2/1.

Coro struggled to form partnerships as Enzo Nolan (3/6) did the damage with the ball taking the wickets of Signor (7), Lewis Murphy (6) and Witherspoon (4). 

Leagues dismissed the Cougars for 52 in 21.2 overs to come away with a 111-run win.

In the battle for top spot, Hanwood won the toss and elected to bat with Tom Bartter (27), and Jack Cannon (4) got their side off to a solid start with a 21-run stand.

When Oliver Bartter (34) and Jacom Vitucci came together at the fall of the second-wicket, they accelerated the scoring with a 55-run partnership before Mason Rosengreen (2/8) took the wickets of Vitucci (16) and Luke Demamiel (0).

Late runs from Harry Rowston (20*) and Aiden Serafin (19*) saw their side finish on 5/144 off their 25 overs.

Amandeep Singh was playing the anchor role early in his side's innings while he lost partners at regular intervals with Jacob Testoni (3), Sam Irvin (6), Sean Culgan (0) and Jayden Quinn (6) falling to have Exies at 4/34 after 9.2 overs.

Singh and Bohdy Martin led a fightback for their side with a 27-run stand before Martin (13) and Lucas Irvin (0) fell to the bowling of Vitucci (1/2) and Bailey Cullan (1/13) respectively.

Hayden Forner (30) came to the crease and after a 30-run partnership with Jack Mingay before Forner was dismissed by Bartter (1/19) with his side needing 38 runs in 2.2 overs. They ended their 25 overs on 8/119 to give Hanwood a 25-run victory.