Walcha sets up clash with Old Boys

Walcha will host Old Boys in the Country Plate second round on Sunday after a destructive spell from opener Aaron Johnson propelled them to a 24-run win over Peel Valley last Sunday.

The home side batted first but weren’t convincing and could only muster 99. Pete Mooney top-scored with 20, just edging out Lee Harrison (19).

The Peel Valley bowlers shared the wickets around with Rory Dempsey grabbing 2-14, Harrison George 2-17, Harrison Haugue 2-13, Matt Blanch 1-9 and Andrew Skinner 1-10.

Walcha then rolled them for 75 on the back of a six wicket haul from Johnson. He claimed 6-32 and Harrison 3-24 to wrap up Walcha’s first district win for a couple of seasons 

Wicket: Peel Valley's Matt Blanch can only watch on as the stumps rattle behind him during Sunday's Country Plate loss to Walcha. Photo: Peter Hardin

Wicket: Peel Valley's Matt Blanch can only watch on as the stumps rattle behind him during Sunday's Country Plate loss to Walcha. Photo: Peter Hardin

“It was a bit of a scratchy win but we just knew if we got off to a good start and got a few wickets we could put a bit of pressure on them,” Walcha skipper Ed Blomfield said.

“The guys bowled pretty well. We only used three bowlers.”

Match-winner: Aaron Johnson claimed six wickets to help Walcha to a 24-run win over Peel Valley and move through to the Country Plate second round. Photo: Peter Hardin

Match-winner: Aaron Johnson claimed six wickets to help Walcha to a 24-run win over Peel Valley and move through to the Country Plate second round. Photo: Peter Hardin

“We were pretty happy to defend 99, it was a great effort.”

Johnson took the new ball and was a little bit loose his first over, but soon found his rhythm.

“He started the second over to bowl well. There was just the one shot for four.

“He bowled really well after that,” he said.

Matt Moffitt was the only batsmen to really show any resistance making 26. Andrew Bowden was the next best with nine.

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