Tough day for Cobras

Liam Duckett chases the ball. 162800 Pictures: JAMIE CULLUM

COLLENDINA Under 15s made one of the longest trips in local cricket to the Mt Moriac Recreation Reserve to take on the combined Modewarre/Winchelsea/Anglesea outfit in a Round 6 clash.
The Cobras are searching for their first win of the season. The toss was lost by captain Xavier Norman and the Cobras would spend the morning in the field. The MWA innings started strongly with the first wicket falling at 39. It took a run out to get the breakthrough. There were no real collapses as the MWA batsmen formed some very strong partnerships against some, at times, wayward bowling. The batting was very good from the opposition and they finished with a score of 9/272. Izaak Terhorst, Nick Gibbon, Mitch Wingrave and Spencer Bryan took one wicket apeice while Norman took 3/21 late in the innings. A strong batting performance will be needed from the Cobras on day two. The challenge was set.
Xavier Norman and Izaak Terhorst opened the batting but the start wasn’t good. Terhorst went early with the score on zero. The only batsmen to provide any resistance were Mitch Wingrave, Charlie Every and Sam Donegan. Wingrave made a fine 24 batting at number three, Every was solid with 23 and the reliable Donegan made 36 batting at number six. Levi Norman’s help was also appreciated with an entertaining four runs. The Cobras were dismissed for 125. Well short of the 272 total.
Another great two days of cricket by an improving Cobras team against the well-drilled Ocean Grove Swans. A terrific game of tight Cobras bowling only let down by dropped catches which cost the team plenty. Great cricketing lesson learnt by everyone. Jack Every led the way with the ball against a tough breeze with 0/6 off four overs. Koby Welch continued his improvement with 1/11 off four overs and Tom Gross and Max McLachlan restricted the runs with terrific line and length spells. Our boys then chased a competitive 197 total to fall short with well made 159. Major contributors with the bat were Max McLachan (15no), Zak Poynder (15no) and Jack Every a swashbuckling 15. Alex Gibbon debuted in Under 13s for an exciting 9 runs.