By Justin Flynn
Consecutive losses to Barrabool and Jan Juc have thrown Collendina out of the top four.
The Cobras are a game and percentage behind Jan Juc and now face a grudge match against bitter rivals Ocean Grove tomorrow (December 5).
In round five, the Cobras made 143 batting first against Jan Juc with Andy Higgins (46) and Jacob Gasior (26 not out) playing well, but the side was dismissed with an over to spare.
Ben Grinter took 5/25 for Jan Juc and has shown he has a knack of picking up vital wickets along with being one of the competition’s best batsmen.
And it was Grinter who drove Jan Juc home with 52. Jordi Withers (42) and Iva Priest (33) gave support with the Sharks getting home by eight wickets and a heap of overs to spare.
Gasior (2/58) took the only two wickets to fall.
Portarlington got the better of Collendina in B2 Grade.
Dina made a competitive 8/145 thanks to Scott Grant (32) and Des Every (23) and the 18 wides sent down by the Demons’ bowlers.
Port made the runs with seven wickets and two overs to spare with Greg Hughes’ unbeaten 77 the mainstay.
An unbeaten century from D Grade captain Julian Wilson capped off a good win against Barrabool.
Barrabool made 6/199 with Paul Donald taking 2/29 from seven.
Wilson then smacked 100 retired/not out as Dina chased the total down with the loss of only two wickets. Justin Miller chimed in with a well-made 62.
Collendina lost its round four match against Barrabool.
The Cobras made a competitive 6/165 with Curtly Balshaw (70) and Nathan Walter (54) sharing an 86-run second wicket stand.
The Bulls won with six wickets and 20 deliveries to spare with Kane Pickering (65) top scoring while spinner Jacob Gasier took two wickets for the Cobras.
In B2 Grade, Collendina made 4/186 against Armstrong Creek with Dean Britt (88 not out) and Chris Thompson (53) playing well. However, the Titans got home in a thriller on the final ball of the day with just two wickets to spare.
A superb century from Craig Jeffrey wasn’t enough to claim victory over Ocean Grove in C Grade.
Jeffrey made 113 and shared in a 136-run opening stand with Peter Mohr (54) in a final total of 8/215, but Grove took the points with a brilliant batting display.
Armstrong Creek proved too good in D Grade.
Batting first, Dina made 9/173 with Tom Golding (51 from 40 balls) and Chris Pitfield (41 from 75) playing with confidence. The Titans got home with six wickets left in the shed although Golding (3/31) capped off a great individual game.