Finals shake up

Amrit Sandhu made a handy contribution with the bat. (Jacob Pattison)318057_01

The final round of the Gisborne and District Cricket Association McIntyre Cup delivered a shake up to the top six.

While the top six had already been decided, positions two down to five were still to be sorted, with four of the top six facing each other.

Sunbury United returned to form inflicting Gisborne’s first loss of the season.

Chasing the Dragons’ 6-295, United got off to a perfect start. The opening partnership of Ashan Ranaweera and Damien Edwards put on 149.

It was the perfect base for United, and while it did lose wickets in clumps, it was able to find enough partnerships.

United finished 8-296, hitting the winning runs with more than four overs to spare.

Ranaweera top scored with 91.

Leigh Brennan and Riley Vernon took three wickets each for the Dragons.

The Dragons still finish on top despite the loss.

United slipped from second to third, with Romsey getting an outright win against East Sunbury.

Romsey made 7-248 before declaring and then bowled East Sunbury out for 99.

Aaron Paterson took 6-15.

Romsey decided to have another bat, making 5-94 off 17 overs. Corey Day top scored with 28, while Nathan Dent was the pick of the bowlers.

Romsey put the foot to the ground and was able to bowl out the Thunder for 72 to secure full points.

Evan Wilkins top scored with 23, but there wasn’t much support.

Louis Moor was the pick of the bowlers with 5-32.

The win meant Romsey finished just 0.92 points ahead of Sunbury United.

For the Thunder it meant that it finished bottom and is looking at relegation.

Diggers Rest Bulla locked up fourth with victory against Bacchus Marsh.

The Burras had made 240 on day one of the match.

The Bulls lost some early wickets and were at 3-49. They managed to put on nearly 50 for the fourth wicket to get back on track.

The wickets then started falling and the Bulls were bowled out for 152. Tom Dickinson top scored with 50.

Gayan Welikalage took five wickets for the Burras.

The Sunbury Kangaroos finished their tough season on a high, beating Wallan.

The Magpies had made 8-209 on day one of the match.

The match went down to the wire.

The Kangaroos lost their ninth wicket when the score was 185, but Corey Woolley and Russell Phillips got the job done.

The Kangaroos ended up 9-211.Woolley finished 82 not out.

Rupertswood and Woodend’s match ended in a draw after rain on day one left for limited play.