Cobras aiming high

Corey Walter scored a century last weekend. (Ivan Kemp) 378781_05

Collendina is hoping to continue its good form to lock up a top two spot in the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A2 Grade competition.

The Cobras sit atop the ladder after 11 rounds and have all but secured their finals spot already.

With the first box ticked, vice-captain Corey Walter said they were keen to make sure they finish in the top two.

“We have locked away a top four spot with three games to go, all two-dayers,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get a top two spot, that would be ideal for us and it would get us a home semi final and we will see what happens from there.

“We need to win at least two of the last three games to hopefully consolidate a top two spot.”

A top two spot is a lot different to 12 months ago when the Cobras failed to make finals.

Walter, who returned to the club this season, said they had real good balance in the line up, which was reflecting in the results.

“I was at Marshall the last five years,” he said. “The last few years the club had been playing a lot of kids and building our junior program.

“Last year we had seven or eight juniors playing in the A-grade side which was great for experience, but it didn’t turn into wins.

“We had a couple of players come back and a few recruits and there’s now a nice mix. We still have four or five juniors playing and they are really talented.

“Aidan Foard made 74 on the weekend, which was his highest score in A-grade. They are doing a job every week.”

It was Walter that was the star of the show in their most recent win against St. Leonards.

Needing 203 for victory on day two of the clash, the Cobras did it with ease, finishing 2-210 in the 63rd over.

Walter finished unbeaten on 124.

“It was good, we sort of consolidated top spot,” he said.

“We have been batting really well and chasing really well. The goal was to bat the 75 overs and leave wickets in the shed and we would get close to 200.

“We didn’t expect to win with nine wickets in hand.”

Walter said it was a good day to bat and it was nice to get some runs after a couple of lean weeks.

He said the longer format suits him better.

The Cobras this week start their two-day clash against Drysdale at Drysdale Recreation Reserve.

Drysdale sits in third spot, six points behind the Cobras.

“It’s a massive game this week,” Walter said. “We played them in round one, which was a long time ago.

“It’ll be a big challenge and we’ll see where we are at. It should be a good game.”

In other matches starting this Saturday, St. Leonards faces Wallington, Surfcoast plays Portarlington and Winchelsea host Newcomb.