GALLERY: Bloods on the rise

BACK-to-back victories have Terang knocking on the door of the South West Cricket top four.

The Bloods moved to sixth after a destructive bowling performance set up a four-wicket win against Cobden at Cobden Turf.

Captain Ben Grinter and Liam Geary each took three wickets as Cobden, having won the toss and batted, was all out for 89.

Terang, despite an underwhelming batting performance, passed the target six wickets down before reaching 142.

The match marked the second time in two weeks the Bloods have dismissed a rival for under 100, having rolled Boorcan for 45 seven days earlier.

The wins hint at a mid-season revival after they went 1-4 in the first five weeks of the season — their worst start in years. Terang has 65.78 points after eight rounds. Simpson (fourth) has 74.36 while Heytesbury Rebels (fifth) have 67.94.

Grinter said he believed his side was back on track after the lean start, marred by player unavailability.

“It feels like things are finally starting to click for us. It’s enjoyable, it’s good from a captain’s perspective after the start we had,” he said.

“We didn’t have our full side out on the park the first six weeks, players had other commitments. I’m happy for them to do what they want to do.

“If they want to have a week off, I’m happy for them to go to the races. But it’s good to get a full list together.”

Grinter praised the efforts of paceman Brett Hunger in the win.

The opener finished with just one wicket but conceded only 14 runs from 10 overs.

His pressure paved the way for Grinter, 3-11, and Geary, 3-7, to strike later.

Cobden lost 4-14 and 4-9 during two collapses. Darcy Meade top-scored with 32.

In reply, Grinter (41) and recruit Duncan Craw (33) were the best for Terang while Cobden teen Jake Reed took 2-21.

Grinter welcomed the return of Craw, who played juniors for the club before heading to Ballarat.

“We felt we were lacking a middle-order hitter,” Grinter said.

“If things were tight, we were missing someone who could clear the rope,” he said.

“Then Duncan came along and he’s slotted in there nicely.”

In other matches, Todd Lamont blasted his first century of the campaign as Mortlake thrashed Boorcan by 148 runs at D. C. Farran Oval.

Lamont hit 110 in the Cats’ 5-275 before Kyle McDonald grabbed 3-33 to help dismiss the Dragons for 127. Boorcan captain Pat Heffernan made 61 to continue his consistent season with the bat. 

Matt Bignell (62) and Darcy Skene (51) spearheaded Pomborneit to victory against Simpson at Pomborneit Recreation Reserve.

The Bulls made 7-235 before routing the Tigers for 58, with Steve Walters taking 4-13.

The trend of big wins continue at Noorat Recreation Reserve, where Noorat defeated Bookaar by 169 runs.

Bernie Harris (79) and Shane Hutchins (61) led the way with the bat as the hosts made 7-240.

The Pelicans were all out for 71 in reply. Fraser Lucas held his own with 21 while Hutchins snared 3-13.

And Chris Dendle took four wickets to spark Heytesbury Rebels to a 54-run win against Woorndoo.

The Rebels made a below-par 144 batting first but were able to dismiss the Tigers for 90.

Dendle took 4-17, including the key scalp of Grant Cameron for 19.

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