TIGHT DISPLAY: Heytesbury Rebels bowler Chris Vogels sends one down the pitch at Camperdown Turf on Saturday. Picture: Vicky HughsonHEYTESBURY Rebels captain Jeff Rosolin says his side is reaping the rewards from a strong commitment to training.
He highlighted the work ethic of the side as the Rebels moved to the top of the South West Cricket ladder with a comfortable away win over Camperdown on Saturday.
“We’ve got a good blend of experience and youth, and everyone loves training and working hard at training,” Rosolin said.
“Their approach to the game is really good this year …they’re keen to learn.
“Our effort at training is reflective of how our games are going.”
After Camperdown won the toss and elected to bat,Rosolin said there was “a little bit in the deck with the new ball”, but it did not last long.
“It was just a really good batting deck for the rest of the day,” he said.
The Rebels removed Camperdown’s top three batsmen early, before brothers Mitch and Troy McLaughlin steadied the ship, making 37 not out and 27 respectively.
Sitting on about100 runs 40 overs in, the Lakers upped the ante in the final 10 to lift their score to 8-153.
Rosolin praised the efforts of his bowlers, with tight displays from Daniel Balcombe (1-10 off 10 overs), Chris Vogels (2-14 off seven) and Paul Vogels (1-18 off nine) limiting Camperdown’s scoring capacity, while Michael Vogels snared 3-31.
The Rebels started strongly in their chase, making 50 runs in the first 10 overs, before passing Camperdown’s target three wickets down and with 10 overs to spare.
Rosolin made 53 runs, teaming with Travis Brown (40) in the match-winning 70-run fourth wicket partnership.
Chris Dendle made 38 before being run out, while Shaun Drayton,AnthonyVogels and Simon Harkness all made good starts.
Camperdown captain Mitch McLaughlin said he was pleased with his side’s efforts with the bat, considering the quality of bowling attack they were up against.
“I was happy with the boys –153 was reasonably good considering the bowlers they had,” he said.
“It was a bit tighter than the scoreboard looked…we just didn’t have the bowlers to get the job done.”
Meanwhile, another top order batting collapse saw Mortlake lose to Bookaar by 37 runs at D.C. Farran Oval.
Bookaar opening batsman Simon Baker made a century as the visitors posted 8-217 batting first, with Mortlake restricted to 9-180 in reply after losing 3-19 early in the chase.By contrast, the Pelicans had been 3-192 late in their innings.
A tight bowling display and solid batting from its top order set Cobden up for a 115-run win over Noorat, while Pomborneit held strong to defeat Terang by eight runs.
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