Western Waves push for top-two finish

WESTERN Waves will strive for a top-two finish after dropping their second Dowling Shield under 16 state championship game yesterday.

The John Houston-coached Waves suffered a seven-wicket loss to Inner East Emus.

It followed the Waves’ strong 62-run round one win against Outer East Eagles on Monday.

Houston said the Waves were kept to 118 which put the Emus in a comfortable position.

Inner East Emus batted out their 50 overs after chasing the Western Waves’ total down and finished with 8-219. 

“It was a slow and steady attack with a lot of spin and everyone got themselves out basically,” he said. “We couldn’t get partnerships which is what we did really well the day before.

“They were a really good fielding side but it was disappointing we didn’t take it up to their bowlers.”

Houston said the Emus were a “well trained and well drilled” side.

Woodford’s Tyler Fowler bowled well for his 1-20 and Russells Creek’s Liam Brown top scored with 22.

Houston said the Waves needed to re-group and were still a strong chance to finish top two in their pool.

Western Waves’ under 14 side also suffered a day two loss.  Inner East Emus routed the Waves for 67 after they were restricted to 107 batting first.

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