Leagues pick up crucial GDCA second grade win

Leagues have picked up a vital bonus point as they continue their push for a top-four finish with a bonus point win against the Nomads in Coleambally.

After winning the toss and electing to bad, the Panthers started well with Matt Kennan and recruit Conor Edenden got their side to 26 before Edenden (8) fell to the bowling of Shaun Iddles.

Connor Matheson and Kennan were able to add ten runs before they both fell in quick succession to the bowling of Luke Roberts (2/22).

Leagues were able to move in a positive direction with James Shelton and Ben Jones were able to add 60 runs before a collapse from Leagues.

The introduction of Lachlan Vogan into the attack caused issues for Leagues as Shelton (37), Michael Bresolin (0), Babar Safdar (0) and Jones (23) fell to his bowling while Liam Warren (4) fell to the bowling of Iddles (2/21).

Travis Payne (15*) added some late runs to see Leagues bowled out of 133 in 29.3 overs.

Sam Breed and Cooper Smith were able to make a solid start for the Nomads as they got to 32 before Breed (10) was dismissed by Jackson Hassan (1/18) quickly followed by Jacob Breed (0) and Jack Weymouth-Smith (0) who were dismissed by Shae Prudham (2/16).

Safdar (4/13) was the destroyed in the middle order picking up wickets at consistent intervals including the important wicket of Iddles (12).

When Michael Hodgson (0) was run out by Edenden, Coleambally were bowled out for 80 in 27.4 overs to give Leagues a 53-run bonus point victory.

Hanwood, who are fighting for fourth place with Leagues, have dropped point following their loss to Exies at Hanwood Oval.

After winning the toss and batting, Exies got to 25 before Trent McFadzean (13), and Scott Campbell (0) fell to the bowling of Shannon Caughey (4/22).

Dan Brady (16), Jimmy Nancarrow (35), Jonathon Streat (13) and Cameron Harrison (38) ensured their side reach a competitive total of 143 before being bowled out in 28.3 overs.

While Neil Geltch (27) was able to make a start, he was the only batsman in the top five to break double digits. Despite the efforts of Tim Roser (15), Ben Rowston (20) and Kym Wheeler (11), Hanwood fell 42 runs short of victory