Cobras snare second win

Andy Higgins took 2/33 for the Snakes. (Justin Flynn)

By Justin Flynn

Collendina won its second game of the season to propel itself to third spot on the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association ladder.

The Cobras defeated a Queenscliff side that had been in good form.

Collendina batted first with Richie Peters and Curtly Balshaw putting on 79 for the first wicket.

Balshaw (41) was run out for the second week in a row while Peters (46) returned his highest score of the season.

Andy Higgins (33) and Jacob Gasior (15 not out) rounded off the innings at 6/171.

Higgins and Charlie Lamb struck early to have the Coutas at 2/14 in reply and at 5/70, the game looked to be all over.

However, Daniel Stott (29) and Tom Bakker (48) had other ideas and got Queenscliff back into the contest.

Michael Farrell made 17, but Queenscliff ran out of overs and wickets in hand.

Higgins rounded off a player of the match performance with 3/7 from seven overs while Gasior, Jye Hearps and Rob Stonehouse each picked up two wickets to have the Coutas all out for 159.

For the second time this season Collendina’s B2 Grade pulled off a miraculous comeback to snare victory.

Inverleigh batted first and made 5/143. Among three run outs, Dean Britt snared 1/17 from eight overs.

At 8/64 Collendina was down and almost out, but Nick Gibbon and Dave Treharne (both 38 not out) refused to concede defeat and put on an unbeaten ninth wicket partnership of 80 to get the Cobras home in a thriller on the final ball of their allotted 40 overs.

Collendina enjoyed a good win in C Grade against Anglesea.

Des Every (58), Craig Jeffrey (46), Garry Wingrave (37) and Peter Mohr (29) all contributed to the final total of 7/205.

Every then took 3/7 to round off a memorable game with Anglesea falling well short at 9/122.

Collendina won its D Grade encounter against Newcomb.

Justin Miller (44) top scored in the final total of 6/179 with Eddie Ellwood (34) and Julian Wilson (29) providing good support.

Wilson and Mark Fletcher then took three wickets each as Newcomb was bowled out for 153.

Collendina was defeated by flag favourites Anglesea in round two.

Anglesea made 8/163 with seamer Jye Hearps taking 3/32 with Andy Higgins (2/33) and Charlie Lamb (1/23 from eight overs) contributing.

The Cobras started their run chase poorly with Curtly Balshaw looking good before he was run out with a direct hit from Jack Elliott at cover.

Nathan Walter looked comfortable, scoring a brisk 24, but too many Collendina batsmen made starts without going on with the job. The Cobras were all out for 109.


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