ANOTHER narrow loss to Culcairn looks certain to see them miss the finals in what has been a tightly fought season in division 1 of Holbrook and District Cricket Association. The Lions’ loss to Osborne at Osborne on Saturday, and a final round bye, will see them miss out on finals action.
The Osborne victory has seen them return to top position and, already having had the bye, are in a great position to stay top.
Just eight points separate Osborne, Henty and TRYC, while Holbrook in fourth place could still get a home final with two wins to finish the season.
Both games played last Saturday were low scoring affairs with Osborne score of 5/100 against Culcairn the highest for the round.
Culcairn won the toss and batted but were bowled out for 91 with only an unbeaten 32 from Jamie Cooper and Eddie Turner (23) being the highlight.
The Osborne bowling was sensational with Dan Kennedy (3/6), Jeremy Bahr and Nick Perryman bowling 20 overs combined for just 22 runs. The run chase was completed without to much fuss by Osborne with Ed Perryman (33) and an unbeaten (29) from brother Nick the key. Dai Jenkins 2/22 was good along with Cooper who bowled tightly to give up just 12 runs in his eight overs.
Henty and Holbrook played out a low scoring slogging contest at Holbrook with the Swampies winning by 29 runs.
Sent into bat by Holbrook, Henty looked out of the game when they struggled to post 8/98 after the Brookers bowled superbly.
Hamish Mackinlay, Hayden Wishart and Ben Jones all took two wickets, while Corey McCarthy and Cooper Walsh bowled with great economy.
Holbrook started poorly with Dylan Fairall, Mackinlay, Wishart and Coby Ross all dismissed with just 12 runs on the board.
Only a late rally from Bailey Parker (32) saved Holbrook from total collapse as they were dismissed for just 69 in the 33rd over.