WEST Warrnambool is chasing a final-round outright after import Jack Sunderland’s 7-7 helped crush East Warrnambool-YCW for 15 on Saturday.
The English quick and medium pacer Will Templeton, who chimed in with 3-7, sent the Broncos packing in the 11th over of their Warrnambool and District Cricket Association two-day match.
The Panthers secured first innings points and need just four wickets to claim an outright with the Broncos 6-96 in their second dig.
Panthers captain Alastair Templeton said it was an unusual situation.
“We won the toss and sent East in and Jack and Will bowled pretty well for 11 overs and all of a sudden we were in,” he said.
“You can remember the odd game of bowling teams out for a low score but you normally expect a little bit of a partnership.
“One minute we were three or four for and all of a sudden we were running off and putting the pads on.”
Templeton praised Sunderland for his performance, which took his season tally to 37 wickets at an average of 9.2.
“A lot of those balls were going to get anyone out,” he said.
“They were really good balls – it wasn’t poor shots. Eight of our 10 wickets were bowled.”
West Warrnambool is clinging to fourth spot with Wesley-CBC still in the finals hunt.
Second-placed Russells Creek and third-placed Woodford are locked in a final-round battle, with the top-four still up in the air.
“Wesley are in a position (against Nirranda) where they could get an outright too and that would throw a spanner into the works,” Templeton said.
“There’s been that many outrights this year – it makes a big difference.”