Russells Creek, Woodford chasing second spot on Warrnambool and District Cricket Association ladder

TOP-ORDER KNOCK: Russells Creek's Rukshan Weerasinghe scored 57 batting at number two against Woodford on Saturday. The two teams are jostling for positions in the top four. Picture: Christine Ansorge
TOP-ORDER KNOCK: Russells Creek's Rukshan Weerasinghe scored 57 batting at number two against Woodford on Saturday. The two teams are jostling for positions in the top four. Picture: Christine Ansorge

THE make-up of Warrnambool and District Cricket Association’s top four will come down to the final day’s play.

Top-placed Allansford is the only side assured its spot with Russells Creek (second), Woodford (third), West Warrnambool (fourth) and Wesley-CBC (fifth) all jostling for positions.

The Creekers and Eels are locked in a battle which will decide second spot and the coveted advantage come finals.

Creek captain Cam Williams said they were happy to post 8-175 but were wary of the Eels’ batting prowess.

“The pleasing thing is we batted our allotted 80 overs,” he said.

“We’ll have a think about whether we bat on or don’t. Hopefully we pick up 10 wickets and sew up second spot.

“If we lose, Woodford will jump into second and West Warrnambool looks like outrighting East which means we could drop to fourth.

“We’d love to get the win and finish second so if there is inclement weather in the semi-final we go through to the grand final.

“Woodford knows that too and they are trying to win to stay in the race because they could drop out if if Wesley outrights Nirranda – there are a lot of ramifications.”

Williams praised Rukshan Weerasinghe for his 57-run contribution.

Weerasinghe has batted at first drop most of the season but has relished the chance to open in recent weeks.

“He batted brilliantly. He hit it to the right areas and played his natural game at the top of the order,” Williams said. “Jeremy Kiensrod and Izzy Yaddehige batted well in the last 20 overs and had a partnership of 70.”