Experienced team take on newcomers to comp

THE Blue Dogs travelled to Eagleby to take on the Alberton side.

Alberton are the newcomers to the competition and the Laidley side, coming off consecutive victories, were keen to make it three wins in a row.

The Alberton captain won the toss and did not hesitate to bat on flat wicket and fast outfield.

The Blue Dogs struck early through Ben Gibson (3/33) and took wickets at regular intervals.

The home team was reduced to 9/142 but rallied for the 10th wicket, adding a further 45 runs.

Matthew Dean (2/33) and Byron Cubit (3/61) bowled well, dismissing Alberton for 187.

J. Vannanem was the best of the Alberton batsmen, finishing with 71 not out.

With 25 overs left in the day's play, Laidley lost a couple of early wickets to be 2/23.

Ryan Hurley (19 not out) and Michael Sippel (36 not out) batted well to stumps to finish at 2/78.

The Laidley team will be hoping for similar batting conditions next week to achieve first innings points.

First division

LAIDLEY were at home against Taipans.

The Blue Dogs bowled first and had the visitors 6/60 when rain intervened.

Tom Turner enjoyed his first game back for the club, claiming three wickets.

Next week Laidley will look to take the remaining four wickets before setting about claiming first innings points.

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