VSDCA: Late wickets give Waters sniff of victory

THREE late wickets to all-rounder Bryce Galvin has given Bayswater a late reprieve in its Victorian Sub District Cricket Association battle with second-placed Plenty Valley at Bayswater Oval on Saturday.

The Waters were put in by the Valley on a difficult pitch and the visitors made the most of the conditions bowling out the Waters for 136 in 61 overs.

The Valley also looked sharp with the bat cruising to 0-35 before Galvin struck, taking three late wickets as the visitors ended play on 4-60 with Darryl Stranger taking the other wicket.

Waters captain Sean Flynn said his side had not made enough runs but Galvin’s wickets, two of which knocked stumps out of the ground, left his side hopeful it could still win.

“We need six wickets and they need 76 runs so we are still in it,” Flynn said.

“Galvin bowled beautifully and turned the game in the last 45 minutes of play. He generated some good pace and bounce.”

Earlier, the Waters batsmen were unable to form enough partnerships, with only Dean Connell (37), Galvin (32) and Harry Cowling (22) looking threatening against the in-form Valley attack.

“We didn’t get enough contributions from the middle order,” Flynn said. “It was a good toss to win and I would have bowled as well but we would have liked to make more runs.”

Regardless of their small total, Flynn still believes a good first hour could swing the match his side’s way. “Hopefully, we can generate some more nicks and can get a few early wickets,” he said.

“We have had some good individual performances this season, with Galvin in form and Luke Turner taking wickets recently. Hopefully, we can have a good hour and set up a memorable win.”