FTGDCA: Two losses but a win still on the cards

UPPER Ferntree Gully Kings lost the toss, lost opening bowler Jay Colee to injury but didn't lose their heads against reigning premiers Upwey Tecoma on Saturday.

The Kings recovered from their early misfortune to restrict the Tigers to 146 in their FTGDCA Norm Reeves Shield match at Upwey Recreation Reserve.

Kings captain-coach Adam Slack said his bowlers had stuck to their plans allowing them to bowl out the home side.

"We were steady all the way through the day, I can't complain the results," he said. "It's not a large ground and they have a quality batting line-up.

"We knew we would be up for a big challenge and everyone worked hard and did the right things and bowled in the right areas."

Tigers captain Sam Taylor (58) made the majority of the home side's runs as the Kings quickly moved past the exit of Colee from the bowling attack after four overs with a side strain.

"Jay had a little side strain and I felt we had enough depth in our bowling not to have to risk him," Slack said. "Hopefully, it's nothing serious."

Returning all-rounder Marc Hardy was the star with the ball, taking three wickets in his return to the side after football season.

Slack said his team still had to put in the hard yards against the Tigers bowlers when play resumes this Saturday.

"I don't want to say we will be doing this or that, we just need to be a team which concentrates on doing what we need to do this week with the bat," he said.

"We are 1-1 [win-loss] and it would make for a good start if we can get to 2-1."

Ferntree Gully Blues bundled the Basin out for 49, Ryan Handley the destroyer taking 6-16.

The day didn't improve for the Basin as Ferntree Gully finished the day taking first innings points at 3-114. Ladder leaders Johnson Park could only post 164 against newcomers Knox Gardens.

Adam Wild took four wickets for the Falcons as the Sharks struggled at the Argyll Way ground.

A solid batting effort next week, could see the Falcons sitting with two wins from four completed games.

At Eildon Park, the home team set a target of 223 for the Knoxfield Knights, losing eight wickets in the days play.

Trentin Scholfield now has 13 wickets for the Knights this season while Cody Morris and Mick Sinclair batted well for the Panthers.

Play at Pickets Reserve saw Belgrave score 195, with Ryan Guest (43), and Doug Oaten (41) the best for the Magpies.

Ferntree Gully Footballers' new recruit , Nuwan Costa took five wickets and Nick Bogar grabbed three.

In Decoite Shield, Mountain Gate made the most of a move to Windemere, with Marshal Bunting top-scoring with 143 not out to set South Belgrave a chase of 285.

Monbulk seems to have Lysterfield's measure dismissing it for 127 with Blake Walter taking five wickets. Rowville has 181 on the board against the Saints.

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