Normal order has resumed in the new year for Werribee in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association.
The third-placed Tigers kept up the pressure on the top two sides with a 29-run win over Brighton at Chirnside Park and opening batsman Matt Dean continued his assault on opposition bowling attacks.
Dean (105) blasted his second century of the season to lead the Tigers to victory.
Tigers skipper Tim O’Brien applauded Dean’s century.
“He summed up the conditions really well, got himself in and pushed on to get himself a hundred, which set it up for us,” O’Brien said.
Dean had a willing ally in Adam Alifraco. The pair combined for a match-winning partnership of 180 for the third wicket. Alifraco made 58 before he was run out.
Werribee finished on 8-205 off 45 overs – an above par score in the conditions.
“It wasn’t a wicket that was easy to score on,” O’Brien said.
Werribee’s bowlers seemed intent on an early finish. Jonathan Burton removed the top three Brighton batsmen for a team-best 3-23. O’Brien did damage late, taking 3-46, while Alifraco nabbed 2-13.
One nut that proved tough to crack was Brighton skipper Ricky Damiano, who played a near lone hand with 125 off 128 balls to get his side in with a sniff of victory late on.
“He batted fantastic – one of the better knocks I’ve seen,” O’Brien said.
“I think for the rest of the team, their next highest score was 11.”W
Werribee will take a five-game winning streak into its two-dayer against Malvern at the Malvern Cricket Ground starting this Saturday.
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