L&D chase down Yanco in LDCA A grade

In the battle for top spot, the Ferrets have shown their strength to pick up a win over Yanco at Mark Taylor Oval.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Stags lost Matt Dedini (0) after he was caught by Adrian Axtil off the bowling of Ben Elwin (3/25) with the score on three, but the Grant Forrest and Nathan Tang restored balance to the innings.

After putting on 35 Tang (11) fell to Mitchell Hardie (2/26) but it didn’t slow the progress for the Stags as Forrest and Hugh Collins kept the score ticking over before Muir picked up the wicket of Forrest (36).

When Angus Boulton (12) fell to the bowling of Hardie, Rhyan Carter (0) followed soon after when he was trapped in front by Steve Campbell (2/20), the Stags were on 5/90.

Mark Doyle (15) added some late runs in partnership with Collins to get the score up to 117 before Collins (28), Kyle Pete (5) and David Tiffin (3) fell in quick succession. With Josh Lanham (5*) and Dionisio Pantano (1*) closing out the innings, the Stags set the Ferrets 139

The Stags defence got off to a good start with Josh Lanham picking up the wicket of Rhett MacGregor (0) with the score on zero.

Steve Campbell and Muir were unaffected by the early wicket and built a foundation for their side to build on.

When Campbell was bowled by Collins (2/24), the Ferrets had lifted themselves to 2/79 off 14.4 overs to put L&D in the box seat needing 60 runs off 152 deliveries.

Muir kept the scoring ticking over with Hardie playing a supporting role as the pair put on 27 runs for the third wicket before Muir became Collins second victim for the afternoon.

Hardie took the lead with a 20-run partnership with Matthew Axtill got the side to within 13 runs of victory when Hardie was bowled by Rhyan Carter (1/30).

The father-son combination of Adrian and Matt Axtill made the most of their time in the middle and with the side four runs short of victory Adrian was dismissed by Mark Doyle before Matt was able to hit the winning runs giving the Ferrets a five-wicket win with 7.4 overs remaining.

The Ferrets now prepare to take on the Phantoms at Yanco Sportsground next weekend while the Stags have the bye.