Leagues, Cougars and Diggers all in the hunt

Hanwood fell agonisingly short against Leagues Club on Saturday as the side’s Griffith District Cricket Association second grade season ended via a one-run loss at Collina.

An economically-sound bowling effort had Hanwood in the box seat when the first innings came to a close.

Derek Opo (12) was the sole top-six batsmen who moved into double figures as, firstly, Ryan McWhirter (2/15) and then Chris Barbagello (5/25) wreaked havoc.

The lower order came to the rescue for Leagues Club.

Sukhi Singh (35), Dean Villata (15) and Sati Dillon (11) dragged Leagues Club off the deck and moved the score from 7/41 to all out for 99 as Barbagello and Luke Catanzariti (2/13) snared late wickets.

Steven Parr (3/31) took early wickets to have Hanwood on the back foot at 2/6.

However, starts from Reed Bunyan (23), Brad Clark (10), Jamie Whitworth (25) and Catanzariti (11) saw Hanwood in control at 6/91 when Catanzariti was the last of the four to fall.

At this point in the day, Singh had bagged two wickets but he was only half done.

He claimed two more and finished his day with 4/19 from seven overs.

With Villata claiming a wicket as well, a tense finish was set up with Hanwood needing four runs to win with just one wicket to spare.

Leagues Club’s Ben Jones (1/3) held his nerve and took the final wicket of the day to hand his side the tight victory.

The Coro Cougars are the first side in the second grade final thanks to their 39-run win over Diggers at Hanwood.

Danny Dossetor (3/26) made the Cougars rethink their decision to bat when he removed Brett Crooks (0) with the score on two.

Jamie Bennett (20) and Peter Taprell (69) righted the ship and put on a 40-run partnership.

That came to an end when Dossetor took two quick wickets to put Coro at 3/41.

Taprell continued on his merry way and shared partnerships with the bulk of the lineup – the best being a 31-run stand with Nicholas Witherspoon (10).

The first drop was eventually the eighth wicket to fall with the ninth and 10th quickly following with Coro ending the day on 129.

Along with Dossetor, Trevor Richards (3/15) and Mark Favell (2/3) took the bulk of the wickets.

A steady start from John Moran (9) and Mark Favell had Diggers in good stead but when Moran fell, more wickets followed.

Soon enough, Diggers were 6/44.

With Favell still at the crease, Diggers still had some hope.

However, the wickets continued to tumble as Diggers finished all out for 90 with Mark Favell stranded on 51 not out.

Bennett (2/4) and Dion Pascoe (2/10) were as economical as a bowler can be while Witherspoon (3/20) was Coro’s main destroyer.

The Cougars move straight through to the grand final in two weeks time.

Diggers will now play against Leagues Club on Saturday for a spot in the decider.


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