Bowling blitz lifts Mailors Flat to first innings lead over Purnim

MAILORS Flat has produced its best day of the season claiming first innings points against Purnim on Saturday at Purnim.

On a day when the ball dominated over the bat and 20 wickets fell, Mailors Flat recovered from its own batting woes to come up with the goods.

Batting first Mailors Flat was bundled out for just 72 in 37 overs with captain Damian Jones top-scoring with 23 and Luke Ryan the destroyer for Purnim with 5-32.

With Mailors Flat on the bottom of the ladder and Purnim third, the game looked to be heading in the direction many predicted.

But in a stunning display, the Mailors Flat bowling attack produced a sustained blitz that left Purnim shell-shocked.

Such was the extent of the carnage that at one stage Purnim was 8-23 with only a last-minute 21 from Bernard Dooley lifting it to be all out for 53.

It took Mailors Flat just 21 overs to cause the damage with Phil Edwards (5-27) and James Barling (3-19) the chief destroyers.

Mailors Flat grabbed a first innings lead of 19 and had to then withstand 10 overs at the end of day for the start of  its second innings.

Compared to the rest of the day, it was a very sedate finish with Mailors Flat getting through to stumps with no wickets lost and 10 runs on the board.

Jones said it was an impressive performance from his team.

“I think we have enough talent in our line-up but we just haven’t clicked before this,” Jones said. “We were able to bowl a consistent line and length which built a lot of pressure on their batsmen and didn’t allow them to score freely.

“The club has stepped up from B grade this season and it is a big step but to the boys’ credit, they have stuck at it and hopefully now we can start to get some rewards.”

In other games Killarney used its home ground advantage to end day one on top of Grassmere after bowling the visitors out for 96.

Pacemen Bradyen Buchanan grabbed the figures of 6-43 and the Crabs batsmen then made a good start to the run chase to finish on 3-73 at stumps.

Hawkesdale set Panmure a decent run chase with 86 from Brad Smith leading the Cats to a score of 217 with Panmure 0-4 at stumps in reply.

Wangoom put up some fight with the bat against the unbeaten Yambuk line-up scoring 195. Jono O’Sullivan top-scored with 53.

At stumps Yambuk had also got among the runs with 53 from Ben Julius leading them to 0-70 at the finish of play.

abrady@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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