THERE were plenty of successful run chases on the weekend in the third round of the Wimmera-Mallee Cricket Association.
An unbeaten 88 from Brody Haddow saw Jeffcott run down Marnoo’s total of 160 with three wickets in hand.
Marnoo set a challenging total for Jeffcot to chase, with Ben Duxson, 46, and Fletcher Douglas, 40, the top scorers. Lachlan Jones proved difficult with the ball on his way to three wickets.
Jeffcott’s innings started positively, with Daniel Atkins and Brody Haddow sharing a 74-run opening partnership before Atkins was caught for 31 off of Jack McAllister’s bowling. Late wickets from Marnoo were not enough to stop Haddow leading Jeffcott to victory.
Donald travelled to St Arnaud and managed to post a disappointing 81 runs. Things were tough for Donald as Cody Brooks top scored with 17 runs. Jacob Patching was St Arnaud’s best bowler, taking 3-12 from 6.3 overs.
St Arnaud’s run chase got off to a shaky start, losing their opening batsman Harley Durward for just one. St Arnaud settled and reached Donald’s total with ease, losing just the three wickets for the innings. James Coloe finished unbeaten on 28 runs.
The final A Grade game saw St Mary’s host Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills in a one-sided match.
Ashley Herron was prolific for Brim-Kellalac-Sheep hills, taking six wickets as St Mary’s were bowled out for just 28 runs. Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills lost one wicket in reply, thumping St Mary’s by nine wickets.
More first innings totals were run down in the B Grade on Saturday.
Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills came agonisingly close to defending its first innings total of 96 against Wycheproof-Narraport.
Dale Stephan and Shane Roberts were prominent with the ball, both taking three wickets each for Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills. Despite losing a host of late wickets, Wycheproof-Narraport reached Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills’ total with 10 overs and just the one wicket to spare.
In the other games, Birchip set St Arnaud 118 runs to win, with St Arnaud managing just 48 runs in reply. Charlton easily reached Donald’s total of 106, losing just three wickets, while Jeffcott posted a competitive 115-run total against Watchem, only to see it surpassed by a confident Watchem batting outfit.