Chris Vecchie bowls for Wallan.

By Evelyn Leckie

TOUGH conditions and cold weather didn’t put Wallan off Saturday’s first day of a two-day match in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association’s Johnstone Shield match.

The home side bowled Gisborne out for 149.

Gisborne’s captain Jason McDonald won the toss and chose to bat, where Steven Docherty top scored with 70 runs.

Wallan’s Steven Bell bowled out Docherty – one of his four wickets for the day. Bell finished with 4/17.

Wallan coach Chris Vecchie said he was pleased with the team’s bowling efforts.

“We had tough conditions, ground fielding and catching was good despite it being slippery and wet,” he said.

“I’m pretty pleased with how our team bowled, in particular Stevie Bell – he was the pick of the bowlers – he didn’t give the batsman anything and we were rewarded with the figures.

“The boys did a good job to end up with no wicket down at the end of the day.

“Our main focus is getting there next week and getting the runs.”

Wallan made a start in its batting innnings, with Brad Regan making 29 and Spencer Whittingham, 17.

The Magpies finished 0/47 after 14 overs, and will continue its innings at home this Saturday, on a special weekend for the club, who celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Wallan sit on top of the ladder, ahead of East Sunbury, Gisborne and Bacchus Marsh.