Clubbers move into top four with big win

FOCUS: Youth Club's Wes Illig bowls to Ryan Townsend during Saturday's B Grade game at North Park. Picture: Peter Pickering
FOCUS: Youth Club's Wes Illig bowls to Ryan Townsend during Saturday's B Grade game at North Park. Picture: Peter Pickering

Youth Club has moved closer to cementing itself in the finals with a win against Willaura at North Park on Saturday.

The home team won the toss and sent Willaura in to bat first.

Evans Bryce got the visitors off to a good start, as his opening partner Tom Robinson was dismissed for five runs off the bowling of Gary Martin.

Bryce was dismissed soon after for a quick-fire 35 as Will Pederson and went about steadying the innings.

A 32-run partnership did just that before Pederson was out with Parsons following shortly after to leave the team in a strong position at 4-80.

The lower order failed to contribute much following the middle order wickets, as Willaura was bowled out for 117 from 25 overs.

It was an even spread from the Clubbers with the ball, as five bowlers got wickets during the innings.

The Clubbers started their innings at a slower pace than Willaura with the opening pair of Rob Scott and Nathan Churchill taking their time to get going.

It proved a smart move, as both batsmen started to lift the scoring rate once they were settled at the crease with the Willaura bowlers unable to make any early breakthroughs.

Churchill was the first wicket to fall for the innings, out for 22 but the hard work had been done with the team already within 40 runs of the target.

Ash Declifford looked comfortable at the crease, batting at number three but a good piece of fielding saw the batsman fall short of the mark during a run, returning to the sheds after scoring 12 runs.

Scott was eventually dismissed, six runs short of his half century to top the team’s scorecard with 44.

Following the wicket, the team only needing seven more runs to win.

They were scored soon after with the Clubbers going on to record a comfortable six-wicket victory with six overs remaining.

Nick Thomas also made a valuable contribution in the middle order, scoring 19 runs.

Zach Chick, Ryan Townsend and Robinson all collected one wicket each in the loss.

The win puts Youth Club six points clear in fourth position with two games remaining, including a clash against ladder-leaders Swifts-Great Western.

One more win will be enough to ensure the team plays finals this season while Willaura now drop out of the top four, sitting in fifth spot behind the Clubbers.

Willaura again be the away team when it comes up against second-placed Chalambar in round 17 while the Clubbers will face the Combine in Great Western.