ROMSEY continued its run of success in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association’s McIntyre Cup competition, blasting its way to a 42-run win against Diggers Rest Bulla at the weekend.
The Redbacks were in no mood to waste time on the road, electing to bat after winning the toss and scoring at nearly six runs an over throughout their innings.
Opener Chris Burkett fell just short of what would have been a richly deserved century, caught for 90 by Nathan Crosland off the bowling of Jordon McDonald in an innings that included six fours and a whopping eight sixes.
Burkett’s blasting innings set the tone for Romsey, with an innings of 48 not out from Ben Way featuring another four sixes and bringing the visitors to 5/235 from their 40 overs.
Faced with a daunting target, Diggers Rest Bulla got off to a bad start when opener Crosland (12) and keeper Ryan Peters (four) were removed in rapid succession, leaving the home team at 2/29.
McDonald battled gamely for 35 before being run out, and Warren Berry made 32 before being stumped, but Romsey’s bowlers had all the answers.
Darin Jewell (3/30 with a maiden from seven overs) was a standout, ably supported by the likes of Matthew Milne (2/37) and Sean Day (1/16).
The win leaves Romsey in third place on the ladder, only three points behind leader Sunbury United and trailing second-placed Bacchus Marsh only on percentage.
The Redbacks will host East Sunbury this weekend hoping to record their fourth win on the trot.
Wallan was shown it still has a way to go after a loss to fellow top-four side Rupertswood on Saturday.
A potent Rupertswood attack, led by Joel Muir’s 4/42, put Wallan on the back foot after captain Steve Bell won the toss and elected to bat.
Muir and Nathan Crott (3/30) ripped through the Wallan lineup as only Spencer Whittingham (42) and Bryan Vance (30) were able to make sizeable totals.
Bowled out for 166, Wallan defended its total as best it could, helped by early wickets from Reuben Rode and Chris Vecchie to have Rupertswood 2/12.
From there however, the home side was able to steady and chase the target methodically, reaching 6/170 within 36 overs.
Rode’s 3/15 was the best return of any Wallan bowler, while Vecchie contributed 2/54.
Wallan remains comfortably inside the top four, but now trails third-placed Rupertswood by nine points, with a home showdown against Gisborne to come this weekend.