Werribee Centrals’ bats feel the heat

Werribee Centrals bowler Blake Taylor is frustrated by a near miss as umpire Patrick Colquhoun finds a better viewing angle. (Damjan Janevski)

The sharks continue to circle the fragile Werribee Centrals batting line-up in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association north-west A1.

In another bloodbath for the Centurions, they were bowled out by Glenroy for a paltry 37 in 20.4 first-innings overs, undoing the good work of their bowlers in dismissing the opposition for 123.

Far too often in recent seasons, the Centurions have delivered unacceptable totals, only to bounce back with solid scores in the second innings of matches.

That was the case again when they backed up with a decent 144 on day two.

It showed the Centurions have the talent with the bat, but why they fail to produce when it counts is a puzzle.

The outright loss leaves Centrals in third-last spot on the ladder.

In north-west B1, Point Cook’s solid 229 paled in comparison to Sunshine Heights’ 6-463 at Ainsworth Reserve.

Harpreet Singh top-scored for the Warriors with 67, while Brett Talbot (36), Scott Maloney (36) and James Peterson (30) batted into good form.

Wyndham Vale is one of only two clubs in the division yet to taste victory. The Falcons’ 77 was gobbled up comfortably by St Mary’s en route to 111.

In a much better showing in the second innings, the Falcons made 154, led by 37 not out from captain Craig Duff.

In west A1, Seabrook had a hard-fought 26-run win over Williamstown Congs away at Gray Reserve to improve to 2-0.

Matthew Rayner led the way with the ball for the Saints with 3-33, while Hitesh Bavarva and Dhaval Patel took two wickets apiece.

Bellbridge had a horror outing against Grand United, rolled for 60 in an 81-run loss. The Bears had no answer to Wayne Donaldson, who took 8-27 off 18.5.