Allansford comfortably defeats Russells Creek

FIERCE: Allansford's Dan Schupan prepares to bowl in the Gators' triumph over Russells Creek. Picture: Christine Ansorge
FIERCE: Allansford's Dan Schupan prepares to bowl in the Gators' triumph over Russells Creek. Picture: Christine Ansorge

THE race for Warrnambool and District Cricket Association premiership favouritism is at boiling point.

Allansford rocketed to first on Saturday, dismissing fellow contender Russells Creek for just 116 to spoil the Jetty Flat club’s 40-year celebrations.

Reigning premier Woodford defeated Nirranda to keep its place in the top four.

Allansford co-coach Ben Boyd said patience at the crease helped his men to dismantle Creek.

He singled out vice-captain Mitch Clark (73 runs), co-coach Dan Schuppan (41 and three wickets) and Brad Sheen (39 and two wickets) as key performers.

“I think in Warrnambool cricket, being able to post 180-plus always gives you a good chance,” Boyd said.

“But at Jetty Flat, with the short boundaries, a good batting wicket and the boundaries always tempting – you wonder if even 200 would be enough.

“That’s why we decided to bat on and take up the new rule the league has introduced. We thought we’d try to get more runs. We couldn’t, but we soaked up a few overs in the process.”

The three-time Victoria Country captain, who claimed four top-order scalps, said Allansford was keeping its feet on the ground despite its hot form.

“Winning those games against finals contenders are what you want to be doing at the back end of the season.” Boyd said.

“I think we need to keep working and continue to work hard at training to continue to find form to give ourselves a good chance.”