Owls on track to chase down Pies’ total

The golden duck dismissal of Maryboroughʼs Todd Doran has given Clunes hope of victory after a difficult day on Saturday against the Owls.

Maryborough sits on the cusp of breaking back into the MDCA’s top four but faces a tricky run chase to do so after an eventful first day’s play in the Owls’ clash with Clunes.

Thirteen wickets fell at Bull Millgate Oval on Saturday with Maryborough now at 3/46 in response to Clunes’ low first innings total of 97.

Two dramatic collapses saw the Magpies bungled out for the sub-100 score with Maryborough’s bowling partnerships yielding results.

Martin Dell and Marc Cassidy worked seamlessly together opening the bowling after Clunes elected to bat at the toss, reducing the home side to a disastrous position of 4/17.

Cassidy was the first to strike, getting Clunes captain Lucas Fudge to edge one behind for a duck before having number three Nathan Porter caught out for four.

All rounder and former captain Nick Hind made a return to Clunes to take on Maryborough on Saturday. He made 17 runs and bowled four overs for figures of 0/5.

Corey Taylor looked promising on Saturday, making 26 runs, but was eventually bowled by Jason Yole.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, December 12.

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