A late batting collapse has put a dampener on what was a promising day for Mornington in their clash with Court House at Wolseley Oval on Saturday.
New Mornington captain Sam Lumby’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss looked to be a successful one as Court House was in early trouble at 2-6.
However, a fighting 53 from Oscar King saw Court House regain control before succumbing to another minor collapse – losing 5-25.
Court House captain Farran Lamb put the collapse down to “a lack of concentration”.
“I don’t think it was too bad overall,” Lamb said.
“It comes down to concentration, there were a few odd shots there that we shouldn’t of played.
“What was nice to see was the lower order bat well, including a 33-run partnership for the last wicket.”
Late order hitting from Darren Cameron (20) and Ben Irwin (23) allowed Court House to post a total of 173 from 53 overs.
Lumby lead the way for his side with the ball claiming 5-35 from 13 overs.
Mornington was shaky in reply, slumping to 5-26 before stumps.
Irwin was the main destroyer for Court House claiming 3-9.
Mornington batsman Stan Gaynor said it was a disappointing way to finish the day.
“I’d say we have improved quite a lot over the last three games,” Gaynor said.
“Although the way we finished yesterday [Saturday] wasn’t ideal.
“Our fielding and bowling has really improved but obviously we need to get a bit better with the bat, especially in the last hour or so of play.”
Gaynor said the side’s performance in the field was “probably our best so far.”
“We managed to have Court House at 7-100 there at one point, which was pleasing,” he said.
“It was those last couple of partnerships that really hurt us.
“Before that though, we were taking our two or three wickets an hour, which is what we want to do.
“I think there will certainly be some positives for us to take out of it going forward.”
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