‘Dina get sniff of finals

‘Dina get sniff of finals

COLLENDINA A grade kept its finals hopes alive after a resounding and rare outright win over reigning premiers Queenscliff on Saturday.
In round nine, Jan Juc virtually ended the Cobras’ hopes of making A grade finals with a convincing 99-run victory at Jan Juc Park, but after 10 rounds, Collendina, which plays away to Portarlington this Saturday in the final home and away fixture, is now in sixth position with 28 points.
Collendina co-coach Eddie Ellwood said the 10-point outright win threw life back into the Cobras’ season.
“We thought we were shot for the year, so we had a chat and we thought we would finish off the year the best we can,” Ellwood said.
“We certainly did not expect the outright and it has come out a great time and put us back in (finals) contention.”
An outright victory loomed likely after stumps on day one, where 20 wickets fell in a frenetic day’s play at Collendina.
Batting first, the Coutas were bowled out for only 91 off 29.1 overs, thanks to a five-wicket haul from Cobra youngster Logan Taylor.
In reply, Collendina earned an 83-run lead on the first innings after being bowled out for 174 with all-rounder Andy Higgins the star with the bat hitting 67.
On day two, Queenscliff performed slightly better with the bat after making 162 in its second dig and held a 79-run lead at the change of innings.
Cobra captain Jye Hearps did the bulk of the damage with his excellent figures of 6/41 from 14 overs. Higgins also provided good support with 3/37 from 17.3 overs.
In the end, Collendina won with eight wickets to spare to finish its second innings at 2/80 to claim outright.
IN B grade, Queenscliff won by 67 runs against Collendina at Queenscliff.
Batting first, the home side was dismissed for 156 on day one from 67.2 overs.
Cobra bowler Daniel Worn was the standout bowler with 4/28.
In reply, the Cobras made only 89 from 34.2 overs.
COLLENDINA 2 won by 57 runs in its two-day C grade match against Barrabool at Barwon Common on Saturday.
Batting first, the Cobras made 166 with John Mills top scoring with 34.
In reply, Barrabool was bowled out for only 109 with Cobra bowler Henry Boyd the star with the ball taking 5/40 from 11.5 overs.
A STUNNING innings of 82 from Cobra D grade batsman Nathan Walter helped guide his side to an 87-run victory over Barwon Heads in its one-day game at Barwon Heads.
Batting first, Collendina compiled a highly competitive score of 7/286 from its 40 overs with Matt Gibbon (62) and Wayne Blyth (35 not out) also making valuable contributions with the bat.
In reply, Barwon Heads made 9/199 from 40 overs.

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