By Mark Heenan
Champion Collendina bowler Charlie Lamb admits snaring four wickets in the Cobras A Grade victory over Inverleigh on Saturday had taken its toll on his body.
The 45-year-old ace finished with 4/28 from 18 overs at Inverleigh.
Lamb, the leading wicket-taker for the Cobras with 11 wickets at only 8.64 this season, had a hernia operation in August.
“I have been a bit underdone myself early on this season – I have been in a lot of pain after games,” Lamb told the Voice.
“I want to tell you I am stronger today than after Round 1, but I don’t feel it.
“That is just the way it is – when you are 45 years of age opening the bowling, you are going to be sore after the game whatever happens.”
Lamb’s efforts with the ball saw Inverleigh dismissed for only 109 from 57.1 overs on day two on Saturday.
Gun Cobra all-rounder Andy Higgins (3/26) claimed three scalps from 19.1 overs.
The home side reduced Collendina to 9/175 from 75 overs on day one and Inverleigh were well positioned for victory on day two at tea after being 3/93.
The wickets tumbled after the tea break when Inverleigh lost seven wickets for only 15 runs.
Cobra pair Jye Hearps and Corey Walter each took one wicket.
On day one veteran Cobra batsman Richie Peters led the way with 38, while Higgins contributed 27.
The Cobras meet Winchelsea this Saturday in a two-day game at Collendina.
Collendina is in sixth position with 2-1 record after three rounds.
In B Grade, Wallington claimed an outright win over the Cobras at Collendina.
The Wallabies ripped through the Cobras for only 32 from 22.3 overs on day one.
In reply Wallington made 5 declared for 173 from 37.4 overs.
Wallaby batsman Tony Spence (55) led the way with a fine half-century.
Cobra pair Daniel Worn (2/23) and Daniel McManus (2/31) each took two wickets apiece.
In its second dig home side Collendina made a slight improvement but was all out for 73 from 37.2 overs as the Wallabies won by an innings and 66 runs.
In C Grade, Wallington won its two-day game over Collendina at Wallington. Batting first the Cobras made 5/143 from its 60 overs, while in reply the home side compiled 3/171. Ross Norman made 56 for Collendina.
In D Grade, Mark Fletcher (71 not out and 3/15) led Collendina to a win against BPCA newcomer Armstrong Creek.