Wallabies’ season hanging by a thread

Damien Biemans hits this Angus Peters delivery to mid-wicket. (Ivan Kemp) 382320_14

Wallington’s A1 Grade season is hanging by a thread after losing to Collendina on Saturday January 13.

The Wallabies are two games plus percentage outside the top four and must beat Drysdale in round 11 and St Leonards in round 12 to have any hope of playing deep into March.

Collendina proved too good in round 10, led by a stunning 121 from captain Nathan Frye.

Opening bowlers Owen Dunn (1/28 off seven overs) and Colin Smith (2/29 off eight) started well, but Frye took the rest of the attack apart in devastating fashion.

A total of 281 was always going to be tough to chase down.

Sven Burluraux (23) and Jeewantha Sarangajith (22) got starts, but Wallington would eventually be all out for 121 in the 29th over.

Wallington prevailed in B2 Grade with Dale Palmer the star, taking 6/26.

The Wallabies were able to restrict Collendina to 169 all out.

In reply, Matthew Shipsides made 77 from as many balls and Marc Occhipinti continued his stellar season with an unbeaten 65 as Wallington reached the target four wickets down with six overs in hand.

Both of Wallington’s D Grade sides posted scores of more than 200 on the way to dual wins.

The 3rd XI chased down Newcomb’s 3/208 with Mark Johnson smacking 88 not out from just 58 balls, including eight fours and six sixes.

The 4th XI posted 9/206 with Nick Patena getting 42 and Mark Dwyer 39. Will Dunstan then took 2/19 from eight tidy overs to have Surfcoast 7/185 after 40 overs.