4 February, 2024

Marnoo upsets BrimKSH in thriller

Brylie Cameron and an all-round bowling performance has delivered Marnoo an upset win over BrimKS at Brim Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

By Chris Graetz

Royce Bennett was outstanding for BrimKSH.
Royce Bennett was outstanding for BrimKSH.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Marnoo lost Jimmy Duxson early, but David Lang, 32, Nic Baird 30, led by Brylie Cameron, 71, helped guide them to a total of 9/194 off their 40 overs.

Royce Bennett was the pick of the bowlers for BrimKSH, claiming 4/36.

In reply, BrimKSH got off to a steady start but lost both Leigh Dovaston and Mark McPherson in quick succession to be 2/32.

Matthew Crisp and Isaac McPherson put on a 69-run partnership before Crisp fell for 25, his highest score of the year, and when Lachlan Mcginniss fell for 3, they were 4/114.

McPherson and Royce Bennett steadied the ship and looked set to chase the total down at 4/185 before McPherson was bowled by Benjamin Newton for 88 which started a collapse.

Bennett fell for 20 as they lost four wickets for five runs to finish at 8/190 after their 40 overs. Newton 2/32 and Darcy Cameron 2/21 were the pick of Marnoo's bowlers.

The win now moves Marnoo two games clear of St Arnaud in 4th spot with three rounds to play.

Missing Tim Bell, Chris McPherson and Jeremy Preston, BrimKSH wicket-keeper Matthew Crisp said they did well.

"There were a few overs to go when Isaac got out so we just tried to get the runs quickly and collapsed," he said.

"Considering the key players we were missing, I thought we did good in the run chase.

"Royce Bennett was outstanding with bat and ball. We were just unlucky at the field at times and could have gotten them out cheaper, but that's cricket."

At Birchip Recreation Reserve the Swans easily accounted for St Marys, winning by seven wickets.

After losing the toss and bowling, Lachy Randall, 5/7, and Connor Lee, 4/16 ripped through St Marys, bowling them out for 38 in the 21st over. Nicholas Germano top scored with 12 and Bailey Watts chipped in with 11.

The Swans chased the total down in the 15th over, scoring 3/40. Lachy Randall, 19 and Ty Colbert, 17* were the top scorers for the Swans.

Leigh Somers, 2/9, and Colby Schmidt, 1/5 were the wicket-takers for St Marys.

Meanwhile, teenager Noah Berry continues his outstanding season scoring his third century in Donald Jeffcott's 168-run win over St Arnaud at Donald Recreation Reserve.

He scored 190 off 126 balls as they made 3/288. They then restricted St Arnaud to 9/122.

It was his highest score the year following scores of 133 against Wycheproof/Narraport and 131 against St Marys and it was his fourth century of the season, having scored 115 for Geelong 4th XI.

In B Grade, Charlton defeated BrimKSH by nine wickets thanks largely to Patrick Soulsby's 3/15 and 30.

Brim was bowled out for 93 with Ethan Schilling top scoring with 23 whilst Barry took the lone wicket, finishing with 1/10 as Charlton chased the total down in the 22nd over.

At Anzac Park, Darcy Reid's man-of-the-match performance led Birchip to an 81-run win over St Marys. Reid scored 48 in their total of 9/183 and took 4/6 as they bowled St Marys out for 101 in the 37th over.

Gary Fernandez, 32, and Nick Toscano, 28 were the shining lights in the batting for St Marys whilst Jack Evans led the way with the bowling, taking three wickets for 49 runs.

In the other match, Jack Flavel, 71 and Jackson Moore 6/12 led the Southern Mallee Giants to an 81-run win over Watchem.

The Giants were bowled out for 118 whilst they bowled Watchem out for 37.


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