Bacchus Marsh’s big win

Bacchus Marsh’s James Lidgett. (Shawn Smits)

By Tara Murray

Bacchus Marsh fell just short of claiming an outright win against Riddell in the Gisborne and District Cricket Association McIntyre Cup.

In a battle for third and fourth spot, the Bulls were hoping to open up a bit of a gap over Sunbury United with a big win against Riddell.

Having managed to get a day’s play in last week, unlike the other three matches, it opened an opportunity up for the Bulls having claimed first innings points last week.

Bacchus Marsh batted on and made 4-217 with skipper James Lidgett finishing 122 not out.

Lidgett has had an outstanding season, with six scores of 50. It gave the Bulls a lead of 129 on the first innings.

Riddell finished 7-99 in its second innings, with Heath Wadden top scoring with 31.

Bacchus Marsh sits in third spot, 1.40 points clear of Sunbury United heading into the final round.

Diggers Rest Bulla returned to the winners list against St Anthony’s, after a last up loss to Gisborne.

The Burras made 8-232 at nearly a run a ball. Indika Massalage top scored with 62, as four players reached at least 30.

Wayne Turner took four wickets for the Saints.

The Saints, who are looking to avoid relegation, were bowled out for 83.

The Burras shared the wickets around, with three players taking two wickets each.

The Burras have already secured second spot and a home semi final. Meanwhile the Saints remain 4.40 points clear on Riddell in the battle to avoid relegation.

In other matches, Gisborne had an easy win against Romsey, while Sunbury United was too good for Woodend.