City United cricketers upset Swans

City United wicketkeeper Alex Inglis, left, celebrates the wicket of Alvie all-rounder Hayden Hickey, who was run out by City skipper Sam Cardinal, during the Colac-based club’s commanding win over the reigning premier Swans at Eastern Reserve.

City United wicketkeeper Alex Inglis, left, celebrates the wicket of Alvie all-rounder Hayden Hickey, who was run out by City skipper Sam Cardinal, during the Colac-based club’s commanding win over the reigning premier Swans at Eastern Reserve.

CITY UNITED skipper Sam Cardinal says his side’s season is well and truly back on track after his cricketers’ dominant outing against reigning premier Alvie.

The Colac-based team put together a complete performance with the ball in the clash with the Swans at Eastern Reserve.

Alvie won the toss and chose to bat first, but was in trouble early in their innings with the score at 5-18, before registering 57.

City quick Jack Parker was in dangerous form, registering figures of 3-6 from 10 overs, which included eight maidens.

Experienced City all-rounder Dave Treweek was just as handy at the other end, leaking only 15 runs alongside his three wickets.

ColacMonday30Nov023Swans Liam Loubey, 15 runs, and Hayden Hickey, 11, were the only cricketers from the visiting outfit to reach double figures.

United skipper Sam Cardinal said his bowling brigade was at its best on Saturday.

He said the scalps of Andre DeLorenzo for one run, and skipper Luke McLennan, nine, were important in the scheme of the result.

“It was a good win by the boys,” Cardinal said.

“We bowled first and were really tight at the start, which was handy.

“Liam McGuane wasn’t playing, but we got Andre out pretty cheaply and McLennan for about 7.

“Jack Parker bowled 10 overs and had 3-6,” he said.

“The pitch had a fair bit of juice from Wednesday’s rain, but the conditions weren’t too bad.”

City reached Alvie’s total with the loss of only three wickets thanks to 24 runs from Cardinal and a season-best 39 from young gun Adam Garner.

Alvie’s Hayden Hickey chimed in with a five-wicket haul to restrict United to 150 from 44.3 overs.

The victory landed City back-to-back wins after it broke its winless drought against Apollo Bay last weekend.

Cardinal said his players’ recent form had lifted the spirits of the club’s 2015-16 top-grade aspirations.

“The win last week really got our season started, and gave us a bit of momentum,” he said.

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