Cats remain unbeaten

Mortlake’s Clinton Baker top scored for his side against Pomborneit and was economical with the ball in both matches.

MORTLAKE will enter the South West Cricket one-day fixtures undefeated after claiming wins against Terang and Pomborneit in last Saturday’s Twenty20 matches.

The Cats defeated a resilient Terang, claiming 6/12 to score a two run victory after the latter were well positioned to win at 4/60.

Mortlake had batted first on the turf and despite their three top scorers all being cheaply dismissed, managed a score of 79 on a slow and soft outfield.

The Cats were bowled out on the final ball of the innings, but had lost 4/7 after being 6/72 as Terang fought back late in the innings.

Todd Lamont (20), Tyler Schafer (12) and Isaac Wareham (12) were the best with the bat for Mortlake, with no other player reaching double figures.

Terang was well placed in their run chase, having been 4/49 and only needing 31 for victory.

They were able to reach 66 without the loss before Isaac Wareham claimed the wicket of Brett Hunger, which triggered a collapse of 6/11 to end the innings.

Wareham (3/7) and Kyle McDonald (2/8) claimed multiple wickets for Mortlake, with two others snaring one wicket each.

In the afternoon game, Mortlake were sent into bat first against Pomborneit, posting a score of 5/125 from their 20 overs.

Clinton Baker (49) and Isaac Wareham (27 not out) shared a 61 run partnership after the visitors were 3/40, guiding the visitors past the 100 mark.

Schafer (12) was the only other player to make double figures, but 22 extras were gifted to the Mortlake tally.

Pomborneit’s run chase was well positioned at 2/61; but Mortlake was able to snuff out their chances quickly as they have done to sides many times before.

The Cats claimed a further six wickets from this point for just 38 runs, with another disciplined bowling effort underlining their victory.

McDonald (4/14), Schafer (2/7) and James Cody-Davis (1/10) shared the wickets for Mortlake, as Pomborneit ended the match 8/99 and handing the Cats a sixth consecutive victory.

Noorat endured a day of mixed results, winning their opening match against Pomborneit before being defeated by Cobden.

The Steamrollers successfully chased down the Bulls’ 8/95 in the opening game after the home side elected to bat first.

Noorat made an early breakthrough with the dismissal of Pomborneit skipper Michael Townsend, but the home side recovered to be 4/60.

Noorat was able to stem the flow of runs from that point onwards, claiming four more wickets with Pomborneit adding 35 to the score.

Nick Kenna (3/14) was the best bowler for Noorat, with James Moloney (1/16) and Isaac Kenna (1/22) also claiming wickets, with three run outs also.

In reply, Noorat recovered from a slow start after being 2/15 to chase the target down inside 17 overs.

Bernie Harris (31 not out) and Ben Kenna (29) were able to consolidate Noorat’s innings, sharing a partnership of 52 before the latter was dismissed.

Gus Bourke (4) fell six runs later, before Isaac Kenna (13 not out) joined Harris to secure victory for Noorat.

In the afternoon match, Noorat was bowled out for 90 by Cobden after electing to bat first.

In reply, the Knights were able to reach the target in the 19th over, handing Noorat a four wicket loss.

Isaac Kenna snared three wickets and Nick Kenna took two to be the wicket takers for the Steamrollers, whilst Luke Justin claimed a run out.

Terang will enter the one-dayers on the back of winning form after defeating Bookaar.

The home side hosted Mortlake and the Pelicans and fell just two runs short against the reigning premier, before coasting home by seven wickets in the afternoon game.

Terang elected to send Mortlake into bat in the morning match and produced an exceptional bowling performance against the Cats.

It was the first turf match of the season, and the home side limited the hitting power of Mortlake’s top order, dismissing Shane Slater, Clinton Baker and Tyler Schafer cheaply.

Terang were able to take regular wickets throughout the innings and bowled Mortlake out for 79 on the final ball.

Jesse Unthank claimed 5/16 off four overs to be his side’s best bowler, with the young left-armer playing just his fifth division one game.

He was supported by Sam Munro (2/11) and three other team-mates who each claimed a single wicket.

In reply, Terang came agonisingly close to victory, with the last wicket falling on the last ball to give Mortlake a two run victory.

Terang started well with Ben Graesser (20) and Liam Geary (11) contributing at the top of the order and at 4/66, a win was looming with only 14 needed.

But disaster struck as Mortlake claimed 6/11, with Unthank run out by Clinton Baker, as the reigning premier once again came away with a narrow victory.

In the afternoon match, Terang successfully chased down Bookaar’s 9/88 in the 18th over.

The home side had the Pelicans on the back foot early in the innings at 3/17 after the visitors chose to bat.

Bookaar was able to steady briefly, but regular wickets from Terang saw the Pelicans finish their innings 9/88 from their 20 overs.

Sam Munro (3/22) and Tyson Hay (2/16) led Terang’s bowlers; with Brett Hunger (1/9) also taking a wicket as, with Terang also claiming three run outs.

The home side didn’t make the best of starts when skipper Geary was dismissed for a duck, but responded with a 63 run partnership between Tim Keane and Tyson Hay.

The pair controlled the game at the crease, with Keane unbeaten on 43 at the end of the match.

Hay (25) and Liam Venn (13) played supporting roles to Keane as Terang claimed its first win of the season.

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