Coming into this weekend’s game off the back of a hundred in Creet Cup against Leeton, Trevor Richards has shown his true class to help Diggers secure an outright win over Hanwood at Hanwood Oval.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Diggers looked to make a good start though Dom Brown and Simon Miller. The opening pair put on 18 before Miller (4) was knocked over by Charlie Cunial (1/40).
Brown (14) fell three overs to the bowling of Tom Shannon (1/21) but not before putting on 19 runs with Richards.
Diggers were able to put the foot down from their as captain Theo Valeri joined Richards at the crease and the pair put on a massive partnership to swing the game in their favour.
Both batsmen were able to post milestones as they got their side to 192 off 39 overs before Theo Valeri (50) closely followed by Tom Valeri (3) both to the bowling of Dean Catanzariti (2/23).
Thanks to Richards’ 110 not out Diggers were able to post an imposing total of 4/203 off 41 overs.
Needing to get a good start, Hanwood weren’t able to make early inroads as Brad Hornery (3), and Catanzariti (5) fell to leave their side on 2/9 after three overs.
Michael Crosato and Shannon were able to put on 20 before Brown (1/30) dismissed Crosato (7), and Nicola Harbison picked up Shannon (14).
Cunial and Brendan Hicken worked hard in the middle of the innings to give their side a chance of picking up a winning draw.
However, when Cunial (9) and Hicken (40) fell to the bowling of Harbison, Diggers were back in the driver's seat.
Hanwood weren’t able to recover from their as Theo Valeri picked up two quick wickets in Luke Catanzariti (0) and Dean Wynne (0).
Harbison (5/41) completed her five-wicket haul as she picked up Angus Bartter (0) and Ryan McWhirter (20) to see Hanwood bowled out for 111 off 36.4.
The win sees Diggers pick up 12 points as they look to sure up their place in the finals come the end of the season while the loss makes a finals appearance for Hanwood look unlikely after Leagues picked up a convincing win over Exies.