VSDCA: Waters not giving up on finals dream

BAYSWATER still has a chance at making the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association finals but will need to start making runs.

The Waters fell short in their clash with Plenty Valley on Saturday with the Valley chasing down the Waters' first day total of 136, being bowled out for 196.

The Waters batted out the remaining overs in the day finishing on 1-80 from 34 overs with young keeper Rohan Ervine (32) getting some valuable batting time.

Waters captain-coach Sean Flynn said he hadn't given up on making the finals with two matches left in the season and several teams fighting for the last spots in the post season.

"We are still in it," Flynn said.

"But we will have to play well this game and then see what happens to the teams around us.

"Balwyn is a good side as well, we will have to bat well and try to get the points."

In the loss to Plenty Valley, Flynn said his side had bowled well but not had enough runs to defend, especially when Valley batsman Daniel Heatley (69) formed several partnerships with middle-order teammates.

"Heatley was the difference in the match," Flynn said.

"I was really happy with the bowling but we didn't get enough runs on the first day."

Waters all-rounder Bryce Galvin took 4-75 to pace his side while Harry Cowling (3-13), Tim Sugumar (1-31) and Luke Turner (1-39) all bowled well.

The Waters haven't played Balwyn for three seasons so Flynn said neither side knew what to expect from the other when they take the field this Saturday.

"We are a much changed side," Flynn said. "I wasn't here last time and I think a few of our younger guys like Sugumar would have only been 12 years old, maybe in primary school, the last time the two clubs played."

The Waters face Balwyn at Balwyn Park for a two-day game starting this Saturday at 1pm.

VSDCA LADDER: Oakleigh 57 points, 1.64 per cent; Plenty Valley 51, 1.25; Brunswick 39, 1.01; Preston 36, 0.99; Endeavour Hills 36, 0.88; Coburg 34, 0.82; Box Hill 33, 1.10; Noble Park 33, 0.98; Bayswater 31, 1.06; Kew 27, 1.07; Balwyn 27, 1.01; Ivanhoe 24, 0.91; Mt Waverley 21, 0.80; Croydon 21, 0.76.

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