Plummer performs as Diggers on back foot

A PLUM LINE: Leagues Club's Paul Plummer takes 4-11 to wrestle the momentum away from Diggers on day one.
A PLUM LINE: Leagues Club's Paul Plummer takes 4-11 to wrestle the momentum away from Diggers on day one.

DESPITE a lower-order batting collapse Leagues Club had the wood over Diggers following the first day of the top-of-the-table clash.

Leagues got off to a flying start, but were all out for 157 after losing their last five wickets for 15 runs thanks to line and length bowling from Glen Faganello and Craig Lugton.

However, Diggers only managed 5-43 in reply.

Alex McMaster (36), Logan Matheson (38) and Jimmy Binks (29) set Leagues up for a big total, but the batting collapse saw the side squander 14 overs that would have seen them score big.

However, Diggers lost the momentum after two ducks among the top five batsmen.

Leagues captain Paul Plummer finished unbeaten on 18 while his side crumbled around him and went on to star with the ball yet-again by claiming four of the first five wickets.

"160 on Westend is a pretty good total, but we were at least 40 runs short of where we should have been because our lower order batting was pretty ordinary, which was really disappointing," Plummer said.

"We could have pushed 200 pretty easily, but bad shots got us out because of a lack of patience as well as good line and length bowling from Lugton and Faganello, who exposed our impatience.

"Thankfully, Logan Matheson and Alex McMaster put on a partnership of around 60, which lent the game towards us from the outset."

Plummer was initially reticent 157 would be enough to defend, but his stunning spell of bowling taking 4-11 had Diggers on the ropes.

"We had an hour to bowl at them so we were hoping to have them two or three down, but to have taken five wickets in that hour is great for us," he said.

"I'm pretty happy with how we're going, we've bowled well and taken our catching chances, so we'll be hoping to wrap it up pretty quickly next weekend."

Plummer bowled both Scott Smith and Wayne Rostran for ducks and had Nathan Smith (14) and Jason Hampel (16) out caught just as they were getting going.

Diggers' bowler Glen Faganello said to roll Leagues for 157 was a great team effort but his side would have to put up more resistance if they were going to claim the honours next week.

"The first few wickets were hard to get, Leagues' top order was very stubborn, but once we got stuck into the middle order and the tail we cleaned them up nice and quickly," Faganello said.

"In response we batted poorly to say the least but we still have a chance of winning, we have five wickets and plenty of time so patience will be the key."