Owls down

Maryborough’s lacklustre start to the 2017-18 Maryborough District Cricket Association season has extended into a fifth round, with the Owls crumbling to a five-wicket loss to Clunes on Saturday.

With the game relocated from Jubilee Oval to Clunes’ Bull Millgate Oval, the encounter between two of the competition’s stronger batting teams descended into a battle of bowlers as Mary- borough was dismissed for a paltry 87 after electing to bat first.

Mark Allen tore through the Owls’ batting line-up, taking 5/26 as Maryborough could find just four batsmen capable of reaching double figures.

Such was Clunes’ dominance with the ball, Maryborough experienced a 6/10 collapse to end its innings with the Owls going from a position of 4/77 to all out for 87.

Mitch McClure (19), Marc Cassidy (18) and Todd Doran (14) were the only scorers of note in the disappointing display with McClure and Cassidy combining for the innings’ longest partnership, a 25- run third-wicket stance.

Behind Allen’s outstanding five- wicket haul, which saw him remove all three of Maryborough’s high scorers and shifted him to the top of the MDCA’s wicket-takers list for season 2017-18, Robert Hind also stood-out with the ball, taking 3/3 through the Owls’ major tail-end collapse.

Sam Williams and Dylan Davies bowled well early in the innings, both ending the day with 1/18 while Alan Kenna bowled well without reward with his eight over going for just 10 runs.

In an attempt to protect their side’s meagre total, Maryborough’s bowlers performed well, but Clunes was able to surpass the total inside of 33 overs, losing five wickets in the process.

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