Hanwood, Coro and Diggers pick up wins in GDCA second grade

Hanwood has come away with a convincing with thanks to a half-century from Neil Geltch during their game against Leagues on Saturday at Exies No 2.

After winning the toss and batting Hanwood made a good start though Geltch and Reed Bunyan who got the side to to 14 before Reed was dismissed by Satvir Chahal.

The fall of Bunyan did little to slow Hanwood down with Teei Piawi as the pair put on 25 before Piawi (14) fell to a sharp catch from Suki Singh off the bowling of Matt Kennan (1/45).

That was the end of the success for a while for the Panthers as Geltch, and Shannon Caughey went about setting Hanwood on the way to a competitive total.

Over the space of the next 15 overs, Geltch and Caughey put on 69 runs to get their side to 108 before Chahal struck to remove Caughey (18).

Singh (3/11), Chahal (4/17) and Travis Payne (2/20) helped to restrict Hanwood as once Geltch (61) fell only Michael Eshman (14) was able to post double digits as they reached 136 off their 37.4 overs.

Leagues made a very poor start in reply as they lost their first five wickets for just 12 runs as Piawi (2/13) and Caughey (3/14) ripped through their top order.

Singh (19) and James Shelton (23) tried to lead a fight back, but they were the only batsmen to pass double digits as Leagues were bowled out 79 runs short as Ben Rowston (3/2) and Chris Barbagello (2/12) took the lower order wickets.

In the game out at Yenda, the Jets decided to bat first against Diggers but made a poor start with the loss of Simon Spiers (0) to the bowling of Danny Dossiter with the score on one.

Neil Burke (30) and Lance Gilbert (24) lead a top order fight back. However, four wickets to Neil Casey (4/15) helped to restrict the runs scoring in the middle order.

Late runs from David Milne (14*) saw Yenda reach 96 before they were bowled out in 33 overs.

Diggers were able to make a positive start in their chase with John Moran (9) and Brett Green (14) to get the score to 24 before both fell in quick succession.

While two wickets to Neil Burke (2/27) saw Diggers hit a slight bump in the road Brendan Wade (37*) and Dossiter (11*) were able to guide their side to a six-wicket win with 15 overs remaining.

In the final game of the round Exies faced off with Coro and if not for Brett Findlay, Exies could have been looking at a big defeat.

Findlay (40) opened the batting for Exies and was the only batsman to post double digits as Coro’s John Witherspoon (5/7) ripped through the Exies batting line-up to see their side bowled out for 87 in 26.3 overs.

Findlay (2/20) showed his skill with the ball picking up early wickets to see the Cougars fall to 3/25.

Peter Taprell (19), Justin Moat (31*), Chase Verri (11) and Damien Walker (12*) were able to guide their side to a four-wicket win with 17.1 overs.