28 November, 2023
Tigers struggle with the bat
ROUND seven proved a tough one for Merrivale’s division one cricketers who struggled to reach double figures last weekend.
After winning the toss against Port Fairy on Saturday and electing to bat first, the Tigers’ openers, Matthew Sinnott and Theo Operman, were both dismissed for ducks before Josh Stapleton was able to add 11 to the scoreboard.
Stapleton and lower order batsman Joe Kenna (not out on 11) were the only two to reach double figures in what was a low-scoring affair.
The Tigers were held to just 10/48 from 28.2 overs. Best of the bowlers for Port Fairy were James Van De Peer who took 4/16 from nine and Henry Bensch 3/14.
In reply, Port Fairy surpassed the total in just over 10 overs with openers Van De Peer (20) and Alastair Templeton (29) both unbeaten for the day.
The win sees Port Fairy currently holding second spot on the Warrnambool District ladder, just behind leaders Russells Creek.
In other round seven matches, Mortlake accounted for Wesley Yambuk, West Warrnambool went down to Allansford Panmure, Dennington were victors over Nestles, the Northern Raiders held on for a win over Russells Creek and the Eels defeated Brierly-Christ Church.
Round eight matches tomorrow will see West host the Titans, Mortlake home to Dennington, the Raiders will host Allansford Panmure, Nestles will face Merrivale, Russells Creek and Briely Christ Church will battle at Jetty Flat and Port Fairy will face the Eels.