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Big win has RSL Cannons on top of Deniliquin District Cricket Association ladder

An 89-run victory has extended the Cannons leads on the DDCA ladder, while second-placed side Hay pumped Juniors.

December 11, 2013 11:40am

A determined RSL Cannons bowling attack crushed the RSL Diggers in round eight of the Deniliquin District Cricket Association on Saturday.

A half-dozen dropped catches from the Diggers allowed the Cannons to post 9/155 after 40 overs, after which the Cannons decimated the Diggers line-up to have them all out for 66 in just 15 overs.

The Nisbet brothers, Daniel and Ben, snared three wickets each to seal the win before 5pm.

‘‘It was a good win in the end,’’ Cannons skipper Pat Keane said.

‘‘We weren’t making runs all that fast and I wasn’t sure whether 155 would be enough.

‘‘But the boys bowled really well and it was good to score another solid win.’’

The Diggers won the toss and bowled first with Ted Eason (19) and Sandeep Cheelam (17) shouldering most of the early work.

Opening bat Boddie Arthur (6) was the first wicket to fall, run out by wicketkeeper Tom Higgins, while Eason was caught out off the bowling of Rick Gittens soon after that.

The Cannons run rate picked up when Keane hit the crease and spanked four boundaries on his way to top scoring with 32.

Kyle Ives and Daniel Nisbet both finished unbeaten on 20 as their side set the Diggers a reachable target.

With the ball, Gittens finished with 3-33 and Higgins 3-28 after taking off the gloves, while youngster Ben Irwin took 2-20.

But in reply, the only Diggers players who managed to reach double figures were Beau Close (24) and Nick Howe (10), with three others failing to get off the mark.

A menacing Ben Nisbet finished with tidy figures of 3-9 off three overs, while Daniel Nisbet had 3-31 and Oliver Draffin’s pace bowling returned 2-14.

In the other game, Hay’s Mick Harrington led his side to a 139-run win against Juniors.

DDCA ladder: RSL Cannons 132.275, Hay 125.15, RSL Diggers 97.05, Juniors 79.8.

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