Big weekend for Muchea teams

Muchea Tiger Snakes Brandon Ghirardi and Sam Pagan wearing their new baggy blues from the weekend.
Muchea Tiger Snakes Brandon Ghirardi and Sam Pagan wearing their new baggy blues from the weekend.

The Saturday team had their local derby with the Bullsbrook Bulls ” a clash between the top two sides on the table.

It was the first time in at least 10 years the two teams have been able to play against each other.

The Bulls won the toss and were able to bat out all their overs to finish with a solid total of 7/173, boosted by 68 not out from Colin Ross, who carried his bat for the entire innings.

The pick of the bowlers for Muchea were Steve Balcombe with 3/18 and Kyle Mackey, who finished with the economical figures of 1/7 off eight overs.

In reply, the Muchea Tiger Snakes were able to take advantage of an undermanned Bulls bowling attack, with Steve Balcombe hitting 80 and Clayton Mackey making 55 ” an innings that included four sixes.

Muchea’s final total was 7/256 from their allotted 40 overs.

The win puts the Tiger Snakes one game clear on top of the Swan Hill District Cricket Association E Grade North ladder, with four wins from the first five rounds. The winner of Sunday’s clash between the Muchea Tiger Snakes and Gingin Reds would be catapulted into the top four.

Muchea won the toss and batted with intent.

Brandon Ghirardi set the tempo early with a blistering 50 from just 22 balls. He was eventually dismissed on 113 with about 20 overs remaining.

Muchea had a solid foundation to set a big total and when Sam Pagan came in, he added fuel to the fire with a speedy 105.

Muchea finished with their highest total in recent history 5/385 from 45 overs.

Gingin started well, hitting out with 4/100 from their first 15 overs. However, the huge total proved insurmountable and they were dismissed for 198.

Matt Teti finished with his best figures of 5/36 from nine overs for the Tiger Snakes.

Muchea took six points from the win and now move to 11 points from three rounds, with two wins.

After the game, as is now customary at Muchea, Steve Balcombe, the most recent to earn the baggy blue, presented Brandon and Sam with their baggy blue caps.

A baggy blue is awarded to any player for hitting 100 runs in an innings or taking seven wickets in a game.