After Round Two of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season there are finally five teams that have tasted victory.
United made a good start in their bid to go one better than their grand final lost from last season, as they smashed 6/336 in reply to Emu Creek’s 212.
Alex Collins was the star for United, carving up the Emu Creek attack for 158 after taking 6/32 with the ball last week, and had good support from Mick Webb who made 82 before being caught out.
New playing coach Daniel Chamberlain was the best of the bowlers for Emu Creek with 3/49.
At Cal Gully Oval Golden Gully successfully chased down Spring Gully’s total of 231.
Shaun O’Shea and Nathan Shatwell, who amassed 41 and 40 respectively, led the way for the Cobras, with handy contributions from Jeremy Rogerson and Will Horan who were both dismissed by Jarrod Quirk for 35.
Quirk, Shaun Makepeace and Nick Manley all took two scalps for Spring Gully.
Axe Creek started their season well, with a victory against West Bendigo.
Answering West’s total of 155 with 237, Rob Fisher top scored for the Cowboys with 57 while Simon Rogers, 53, and Ash Dixon, 39, offered ample support
West Bendigo skipper Dion Prange was best of the bowlers taking 4/37 while Ken Bell and Brad McHugh both claimed two wickets.
Maiden Gully could not get the early wickets they needed to defend 152 at Evolution Oval, as Sedgwick reached 231 with the evergreen Scott McKenzie 63 best with the willow.
He had valuable support from Brock Watts, who batted virtually all day to be the mainstay of the innings and end up on 45.
Rob Brown and Glenn McCoombe both chipped in for Maiden Gully with two wickets apiece, but Ben Manning was best of the bowlers finishing with 4/46.
Reigning premier Mandurang had an early scare, but finally got over the line against Marong at Marong Links Oval.
Led by Leigh Haw with 56 and Ben Rodda with 47 Mandurang chased down the total of 161 to finish up all out for 190.
Duane Anderson 3/35 was best with the ball for Marong with Jeremy Ross and Jayden Laubsch both finishing with two wickets each.
This week’s round three kicks off with Spring Gully hosting Maiden Gully, Sedgwick at home to Mandurang, Axe Creek doing battle with Emu Creek at Longlea, United tackling Golden Gully at Ewing Park and finally, West Bendigo take on Marong at Ken Wust Oval.