Brierly-Christ Church looks to build on promising start to WDCA season

LINE AND LENGTH: Brierly-Christ Church's Matthew Love sends a delivery down against East Warrnambool-YCW. Picture: Morgan Hancock
LINE AND LENGTH: Brierly-Christ Church's Matthew Love sends a delivery down against East Warrnambool-YCW. Picture: Morgan Hancock

BRIERLY-Christ Church is hoping it can replicate its win over East Warrnambool-YCW when the teams meet again in next Saturday’s one-day clash.

The Bulls chased down the Broncos’ 113 runs in 13.2 overs with eight wickets up their sleeves on Sunday, ensuring a perfect 3-0 start to the season.

First year Bulls’ captain Mark Murphy, who led the Broncos the past three seasons, was pleased with the strong Twenty20 performances over the opening two weekends.

“You can’t ask for a better start, three out of three,” he said.

“There’s a good feeling about the club already. The last few years, wins have been few and far between.”

Brierly-Christ Church restricted East Warrnambool-YCW to 7-113 in the second of their two matches played on the weekend, with Daniel Oakley taking 2-16 and Murphy 2-23.

Solid knocks to opener Jye McLaughlin (30 runs) and Anthony Martin (30) gave the Broncos a good base.

The Bulls’ chase got off to a shaky start with the early loss of Bill Quinlivan (one), but Nathan Murphy (63 not out) soon steadied the ship.

It followed on from a nine-wicket win over Nirranda on Saturday, with Quilivan leading the way.

“He batted really well,” Murphy said. “He really unleashed late and finished with 63 off 32 balls.

“I was up the other end and I was just happy to get him on strike. It was great to watch.

“With Bill at the top of the order and Nathan hitting them really well (we’re in good hands).”

Nevertheless, Murphy expects to make a few tweaks to the game plan heading into one-day matches.

The Broncos went down to Merrivale narrowly at Mack Oval on Saturday. Merrivale won by nine wickets, but needed its full allotment of overs.

Ben Evans

Ben Evans

Port Fairy is still chasing its first win of the season after losing to Russells Creek by 10 runs on Saturday and Merrivale by six wickets in a high-scoring contest on Sunday.

Allansford defeated West Warrnambool with eight wickets and nearly two overs up its sleeves on Saturday and Woodford by eight wickets on Sunday. Creek defeated Nirranda by 29 runs.

Three-wicket efforts from Ben Evans and James Dalton helped Wesley-CBC to a three-run win over Woodford. It was a much more comfortable win for the Beavers on Sunday, when they defended 9-95, bowling Dennington out for 31.

Nestles won both of its matches, downing Dennington by nine wickets and West Warrnambool by 31 runs.