Breakthrough innings sparks United victory

A maiden Division One half-century to emerging City United cricketer Mitch McGlade has sparked his team to victory against Apollo Bay.

A maiden Division One half-century to emerging City United cricketer Mitch McGlade has sparked his team to victory against Apollo Bay.

The Knights batted out their overs for the first time this season on Saturday, with McGlade, 53 runs, and co-captain Sam Cardinal, 40, helping set a competitive score of 8-167.

McGlade responded after selectors moved him up the batting order from number 11 last week to four on Saturday.

Cardinal said it was pleasing his team was able to post a competitive score, with his bowling brigade continuing its strong form.

The Sharks looked on track to overrun the Knights thanks to a 36-run knock from Tyson Holt and an unbeaten 45 from Ezrah Robertson.

But a run-out from Liam Hammond had the Sharks all out for 150 with just over four overs remaining in their innings.

“Our bowling’s been really solid the first few weeks, so it was good to have a total on the board for the bowlers to work with,” Cardinal said.

“Blokes are getting a bit more cricket fitness into them, we were a bit rusty the first few weeks, so hopefully we can build on our performance next week,” he said.

Cardinal praised McGlade’s effort with the bat.

He and McGlade put on a 75-run third-wicket partnership to put City’s total into triple figures.

“It was Mitch’s first Division One 50, which is really pleasing,” Cardinal said.

“He puts in the hard yards at training, so it’s good to see blokes like him getting rewards,” he said.

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