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Diggers chase down runs

ALL-ROUNDER: Dom Brown is proving a handful with both bat and ball this season. Picture: Anthony StipoFor the second week in a row, Exies Diggers have shown their ability to chase down runs with a three-wicket win over Hanwood on Saturday at Exies No. 1.
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Diggers scored the required 182 runs in 36.3 overs thanks to three key players that have featured in the Diggers’ best in the opening two rounds.

“Dom Brownbatted superbly again at the top,” Diggers captain Pat Whittard said.

“Then Mick Foster, he came out and got a quickfire 30 to get us back into the game.

“Jason Hampel, he batted well and steered us home.”

Brown (47), Foster (29)and Hampel (52*) scored roughly 70 per cent of Diggers’ runs but it was the Diggers’early bowlingthat was in the limelight.

Craig Lugton (2-14) removed Brad Hornery (0) with the first ball of the day before Hanwoodrecovered.

Charlie Cunial

Hanwood captain Dean Catanzariti (19) and Jamie Whitworth (17) did the early groundwork before Brendan Hicken (45) and Charlie Cunial (41*) took advantage.

A late flurry from Daniel Bergamin (29*) saw Hanwood post the handy total.

Whittard described Diggers start to their innings as “OK” as Brown and Leon Vico (15) put on 46 runs for the first wicket.

Vico was removed in the 10thover and a batting collapse followed.

Diggers lost five wickets and at the 22-over mark were at 5-89 as Cunial (2-31), Hicken (2-38), Catanzariti (1-18) and Brad Clark (2-24) all chimed in.

This was where Foster and Hampel turned things around and when Foster fell with the score on 125, it was anyone’s match.

Hampel went on his merry way to post a half-century at better than a run a ball to seal the match with Lugton (11*) by his side.

Fielding first in the opening two rounds is no coincidence.Whittard has lost the toss in both games but the captain sees the silver lining in having luck go against him early.

“I definitely would have preferred to bat first but that’s just the way the game goes,” Whittard said.

“It’sgood to show we can chase down any total.”

Whittard is happy with the two from two startbut knows there’s room for improvement.

“We can improve, mainly inour bowling,” Whittard said.

“Just little things like inconsistencies with our lineand length.Everyone’s a little bit rusty. Wejust have to work on the little things and hopefully wecan put in a complete performance.”

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