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Tongala chases outright victory

Tongala will be getting straight onto the front foot on Saturday when it chases an outright victory against Stanhope in Goulburn Murray Cricket.

DAMEN FRANCIS December 5, 2013 4:15am

Tongala won’t be wasting any time as it chases a rare double at Tongala Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

After banking first innings points on day one of its Goulburn Murray Cricket clash against Stanhope, the home side has set its sight on back-to-back outright victories.

‘‘We’ve won two in a season before, but not two in a row to my knowledge,’’ club president and star all-rounder Darin Ohlsen said.

‘‘Outrights don’t come around that often and especially because we’re going to be on the verge of finals, we want to make the most of the opportunities.

‘‘We’ll declare straight away and have another crack at them. There were a few games earlier in the season we lost, so we need to make up for that if we can to make sure we finish in the top six.’’

It took Tongala a while to get going last week.

Stanhope won the toss, elected to bat and made the home side work for its wickets early.

Aside from David Currie trapping Brett Bunfield leg-before-wicket for four, the new-ball bowlers had little joy and it was up to first and second change bowlers Brendan McGrath (4-24) and Ohlsen (4-22) to break down the stubborn top-order resistance.

Once Daryl Harrison (37) was back in the pavilion, only Steven Hall’s unbeaten 28 ensured Stanhope got close to triple figures, but the visitor was all out for 83.

‘‘Early on we didn’t bowl that well, we were a bit short and we’re working on it at training this week to make sure we get batsmen to play early,’’ Ohlsen said.

Stanhope seamer Kade Dearing removed Jayden Tucker for four, but Tongala passed the score with nine wickets in hand.

Alex Williams made 41 and Adam Nunn finished the day 42 not out, but Ben Scowen was the star until his bizarre demise on the last ball of the day.

Needing two runs to bring up his century and unavailable to play on day two Scowen tried to work the ball, but only managed to push the ball back down the pitch.

In his frustration he hit the ball a second time, while running between the wickets and was dismissed handled ball for 98.

Scowen will be replaced in the side by Mick Souter this week.

Tongala leads by 111, so Stanhope will need to bat almost the entire day to be any chance of avoiding outright defeat.

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