IT WILL be a tough uphill battle for Lubeck-Murtoa for the side to pull off a win against Colts in round seven of Horsham Cricket Association’s B Grade.
A flurry of wickets late in the day turned the game on its head after Lubeck-Murtoa captain Lachlan Patching sent Colts in to bat at Dudley Cornell. Dylan Arnott, 57, and Liam Jakobi, 29, built the momentum early for Colts with a 49-run opening partnership.
The side lost little momentum with the loss of wickets as Josh Colbert came, 13, and went. The side hit a major stumbling block when Arnott was removed by Heath Lang.
The final eight wickets fell for just nine runs as Craig Wilson claimed 5-37 and Colts were all out for 142.
“They were well on top before we fought back and then things really turned,” Patching said. “Once the sun come out the the ball started swing around and that was the end of it.”
Colbert, Jakobi and Drew Carmody all made things difficult for Lubeck-Murtoa as the side looked to bat out the final 16 overs of the day.
At the close of play Lang and Joe Gardy were at the crease after the side slumped to 5-36.
“We certainly have our work cut out but we only need 100 runs,” Patching said.
The Horsham Saints will need to chase down a target of 223 to get the points against Jung Tigers.
Luke Sonego, 72, and Gran Mcrae, 42, set the Tigers up well at Taylors Lake.
The pair put on 97 runs for the second wicket before handy middle order runs from Chris Eagle and Joe Pucek helped the side continue on its way.
The wickets were shared around by the Saints attack.