Bowling blitz sets up city win

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Bowling blitz sets up city win

The Mount Gambier and Districts Cricket Association representative side crossed the border on the weekend for a comfortable win.

The side won its second match in a row, travelling to Casterton to claim victory over Horsham and Districts.

Horsham went into bat and started well with the openers seeing out the new ball.

But Michael Waters proved problematic for Horsham’s opening batsmen, edging to Alex Hill behind the stumps who had no issues taking the catch.

It did not take long for Waters to pick up another wicket, as he found the gap between the Horsham opener’s bat and pad and the Victorians quickly found themselves at 4/50 as Waters picked up two more quick wickets.

Alex Hentschke joined in on the fun catching a Horsham batsman LBW for a duck.

Horsham continued to find ways to score but found itself running out of batsmen.

Emerson Marks provided a crucial breakthrough as Horsham’s Weeks approached the 50 mark.

Captain Robert Drenthen then pitched in himself with the ball taking two.

After 40 overs Mount Gambier had restricted the home side to just 8/127, a score which would give the Mount Gambier batsmen very little issues in chasing.

After only managing the single run in the first over, William Rowland sent a message of intent in the second, scoring 12.

Jack Mullan was struggling at the other end as he was held to a maiden in the third over and was still stuck on 0.

Mullan did not put a run on the board before his dismissal in the fourth over, caught off the bowling of Perry for a duck.

Emerson Marks joined Rowland at the crease and the pair combined well together to take the side past 50 and develop a strong partnership.

Rowland was the main contributor as he blasted his way to a half century.

Marks only managed 11 runs before he was caught LBW for 11, leaving the crease with his side in a good position at 2/68.

Stephen Easterbrook joined Rowland at the crease and only added a single run to the total before being run out.

Another quick wicket had Mount Gambier slightly nervous as the side tilted towards a batting collapse.

Jack Miller was the fallen batsman with a boundary his only scoring shot before being caught LBW for Gamage’s second wicket of the day.

Mount Gambier still felt confident with Rowland at the crease, but not long after Miller he too was departing.

Rowland’s solid 65 was brought to an end caught off the bowling of Pols.

Mount Gambier had quickly lost 4/21 but had Alex Hentschke and Alex Hill at the crease, with plenty of time to bat and only 38 runs required most of the work had been done for the 

Hill became the third victim of Gamage, trapped LBW like Gamage’s early wicket with Hill departing for 1.

Waters joined Hentschke and the pair showed experience as they guided their side to the winning runs.

The pair was comfortable at the crease and got the job done early with the winning runs coming in the 26th over.

Hentschke and Waters finished 21 not out and 15 not out respectively.

Michael Waters’ 4/22 was instrumental in setting up the match for Mount Gambier, and in the batting most of the work was done early by an exceptional William Rowland, but Hentshcke and Waters batted with composure to ice the match, as Mount Gambier and Districts finished four wicket winners.

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