EFFORT: Phantoms player Steven Weckert managed just the one run against L&D Cricket Club on Saturday.
A COMBINEDtotal of 129 runs were scored for 17 wickets in a low scoring affair between Phantoms and L&D Cricket Club in the Leeton District Cricket Association A Grade competition.
The tight tussle took place at Mark Taylor Oval on Saturday, with the Phantoms winning the toss and electing to bat first.
At first, the decision lookedto be a good one as Phantoms captainSimon Wallace (6) and Matt Dedini(5) took the shine off the new ball and looked to set themselves for a long stay in the middle.
Both openers were then removed, closely followed by Steven Weckert (1)and Tim Rolls (0) as Phantoms were reduced to 4-15.
Mitchell Hardie (3-8) and Adrian Axtill(2-10)seemed to move the ball at will, as they took two early wickets apiece.
Richard Keith (18 not out)did his best to give the Phantoms something to bowl at but ran out of batting partners.
Justin Kelly (2-13) and AnthonyTocin (2-9)were handy with the ball taking two wickets each for L&D.
The Phantoms were never able to recover from their early setbacks, all out at the end of their innings for 64.
L&D CC’s Mitch Hardie.
With such a small total on the board, the Phantoms would have to produce something special if they were to have any chance.
Adam Hopkins headed onto the field with a fire in the belly, taking two wickets from the first two balls of the innings, justmissing out on a hat trick.
Axtill (7) was then caught short of his crease following an outstanding pick up and throw from Toby Daniels, removing the opener with a direct hit.
Hopkins continued his good day with the ball to complete a five wicket haul which included five of the top six batsmen.
The regular fall of wickets kept some hope alive for the Phantoms to stage an upset victory.
At 7-45 the boil over looked every chance of happening before Anthony Tocin (10 not out) joined Peter Lashbrook (30 not out) out in the middle.
The pair put on 20 together to guide L&D Cricket Club to a hard fought victory, reaching the total in just under 23 overs.
The win sees L&D Cricket Club retain third spot on the A Grade ladder and stretch their leader over fourth placed Phantoms to 17 points.
The Phantoms remain a chance to drop out of the top four. The final round of the regular season begins next week and they will needto return to the winners circle next round to guarantee a spot in the finals.
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