Lions sneak home


Darley pulled off a dramatic run chase against Brown Hill in the Ballarat Cricket Association on Saturday to keep its finals hopes alive.

Needing 128 for victory, the Lions’ run chase wasn’t an easy one on day two of the match.

In trouble at 5-27 the Lions needed to dig deep.

The wickets continued to fall with the Lions slipping to 7-52 and staring down the barrel of a defeat.

Drew Locke joined Axel Morton at the crease and the pair started the fight back.

They got the side to within nine runs of victory when Morton lost his wicket.

Locke and Madushanka Ekanayaka were able to do enough to get the Lions over the line.

The innings finished at 9-143 when Locke, who came in at number nine, fell for a well made 71.

The Lions remain in sixth spot, sitting nine points outside the top four with three rounds remaining.

Meanwhile, a Daniel Lalor century wasn’t enough for Bacchus Marsh to get over the line against Golden Point.

Lalor, who was playing only his third match of the season, gave his side a shot at chasing down the 8-299 that Golden Point made on day one of the match.

The Bulls were in trouble at 2-6 and then 3-25 and then again at 6-94.

Lalor stayed steady in the middle and brought up his 100. Once he hit triple figures he lifted his run rate.

His last 56 runs came off just 24 balls as he made a massive 156.

He would be the last wicket to fall, with the Bulls finishing 9-258. Bradley Croxford was the only other batter to make an impact, making 41 not out at number 10.

The Bulls sit in seventh spot after 12 rounds with four wins.

Darley this round faces Napoleons-Sebastopol and Bacchus Marsh takes on Buninyong, with both matches two-dayers.