Yambuk champ in epic rescue mission

YAMBUK champion Steve Gleeson was the rock that would not move while Tom Sinnott played the support role his side desperately needed.

The Buks remain unbeaten in Grassmere Cricket Association’s A grade thanks defiant displays from the two batsmen against Grassmere.

They were reeling at 8-81 in pursuit of 8-166 when Sinnott joined Gleeson at the Purnim Recreation Reserve crease on Saturday.

What followed was a rescue mission to remember and another reason why Yambuk is favourite to claim the GCA A grade premiership.

Gleeson resumed the day on one and was stoic in making 59 not out from 59 overs in his first knock since injuring a hamstring in December.

Sinnott was similarly important in making 35 not out. Together, they put on a match-winning 85 for the ninth wicket as Yambuk finished at 8-166.

In other GCA A grade matches, Panmure was convincing in wrapping up a 161-run win against Mailors Flat at Winslow Recreation Reserve.

The Jets were 3-88 overnight and lost their last seven wickets for 66 to be all out for 154, well short of the Bulldogs’ 5-315 declared from day one.

Peter Hunter top-scored on day two with 31 while Nathan Shand, Tom Wright and Ben Meade each picked up three wickets.

The charge of Killarney continued with a convincing a 138-run win against Purnim at Killarney Recreation Reserve.

The Crabs, with 8-255 on the board from day one, reduced the Bulls to 4-5 before dismissing them for 117.

An 86-run fifth-wicket partnership between Steve Priestly (48) and Luke Ryan (40) was all that prevented the Bulls from suffering a heavier defeat.

Joel Henry grabbed 4-28 to be the pick of the bowlers while Brayden Buchanan finished with 2-3 from six overs.

And Hawkesdale kept its slim finals hopes alive with a 30-run win against Wangoom at Hawkesdale Recreation Reserve.

Hawkesdale made 231 on day one and bowled Wangoom out for 201. Cats paceman Lachlan Glare took 5-66 and Brad Smith finished with 4-50.

Chris Rollo top-scored with 50 opening the Roosters’ innings while captain Brett Tory made 32.

afawkes@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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