PRACTISING HARD: Port Fairy cricketer Travis Parsons hones his batting skills at training. The Pirates play Wesley-CBC this weekend. Picture: Anthony Brady
THE rollercoaster ride continues for Port Fairy’s division one cricketers.
The Pirates go into their round seven game at Avery’s Paddockthis Saturday against Wesley-CBC in second place in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association Hopkins conference.
Last weekend the Pirates defeated Allansford in a one-day game at Uebergang Oval.
Port Fairy languished in fifth place prior to the win with the even nature of the conference meaning the stakes are high in every game.
Port Fairy co-captain Kalon Wilkie is aware his team needs to be on its game.
“We knew going into the Allansford matchit was an eight-point game, really all the games are,” Wilkie said.
“If we play well over the next few weeks and win these games leading into Christmas then we can set our season up.”
The Pirates produced a strong all-round performance to defeat Allansford, highlighted by the form of Andrew McCartney.
A former division one coach at the club, McCartney produced a match-winning double. He snared figures of 2-34 as Allansford made 6-175 batting first. McCartney then backed up with and an unbeaten knock of 83 to lead Port Fairy to a winning score of 3-180.
“Andrew had a slow start to the season, he was a bit underdone with a late start due to the footy,” Wilke said.
“He was batting lower in the order so we brought him up to four against Allansford and he batted well.
“We were always confident of our batting depth and our bowling is looking good as well.
“Against Allansford we didn’t have Steve Dwyer or Sam McCartney so we will getthem back this week.”
In division two last Saturday, Port Fairy failed to get enough runs to push for victory against Allansford.
The Pirates were bowled out for 122with opener Ryan Dorling the best performer with 39. Colin Harwood took 4-19 to help stifle the Allansford run chase but it wasn’t enough, the Gators ending with 6-123.
It was a victory in division three with the Pirates too good for Nestles.
Chris Gurney took 3-22 as Nestles was bowled out for 104.
James Habel then led the way with the bat making 67 in a total of 4-112 in just 21 overs.
In the under 17s Port Fairy lost to Russells Creek by 15 runs on Sunday with Hamish Gleeson making 26 and Jack Block taking 2-14.
On Tuesday the Pirateswelcomed Koroit and did well with the ball, bowling the Saints out for 44. Jason Pitt took 5-5 from his six overs. In reply the Pirates went into stumps on day one on 3-22 and will resume their chase this Tuesday.
The under 15s defeated Allansford by 128 runs with Clem Nagorcka taking 2-5 while the under 13s team lost to Dennington.