Diggers downed

February 22, 2017

Benalla Violet Town United opener Jarrod Morham loses a stump in his side's batting capitulation against Greta.

The Diggers have dug themselves into a deep hole in their match against Greta.

Benalla Violet Town United was seemingly in control of the game at the end of day one, having Greta all out for 137.

But day two played out a different story. Following an opening stanza of 27 runs put on by Jarrod Morham and Simon Holmes, the Diggers’ batting line-up capitulated.

Morham was clean bowled on 15, with Holmes following shortly after, leaving the visitors at 2-40.

The only other batsman to show any resistance to the Greta onslaught was Nathan Abley, who scored 16.

Abley combined with Lee Brennan to add a further 16 runs.

What followed was a batting collapse from the Diggers as the next five wickets were lost for three runs during a five-over period.

After losing Brennan at 3-56, Sam Hazell, captain Rob Saker and Tom Williams all went for ducks. The Diggers were all out for 80.

In response the visitors had 35 overs left in the day to cut into Greta’s lead and come away with bonus points.

Opening bowlers Williams and Saker were unable to make a breakthrough so the ball was passed to leg spinner Ryan Lloyd-Williams.

Lloyd-Williams — as has been the case in previous matches — made an impact, removing the two openers within his first three overs.

Another two wickets quickly fell thanks to a sensational catch in the slips from Saker and another catch by wicketkeeper Morham.

Lloyd-Williams finished with figures of 5-45 from 14 overs and Greta on the score of 8-100.

It leaves the Diggers with the task of beating the undefeated City Colts to reach the finals. A loss means they will miss out on the business end of the season.

Meanwhile, the BVTU under-12s returned to the winners’ list after in their match against Yarrawonga.

The under-12s restricted Yarra to 48 from their 21 overs thanks to some tight bowling. Cooper Woods was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets.

In response the young Diggers left it to the last over to lodge the winning runs.

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