Ballarat risks Country Week relegation after third loss

BALLARAT Cricket Association’s place in the top division of Melbourne Country Week hinges on today’s final-round pool clash with Mornington Peninsula.

The Ballarat boys slumped to their third-straight defeat at the hands of the Leongatha and District  team yesterday, leaving them last on the ladder as the only winless team in the provincial competition.

The lowest-ranked team in each division will be relegated for next season.

Chasing Leongatha’s score of 8-207, Ballarat looked to be in control at 1-103 mid-way through its innings.

However, then came a batting collapse, and the team was bowled out for 156 with three overs of the day remaining.

Leongatha returned to the crease, reaching 3-15 at stumps.

Dunnstown batsman Paul Phillips was the leading contributor for the Ballarat side, grinding his way to 47 at the top of the order, while four bowlers all took two wickets apiece in the first innings.

Today’s match will be played at Caulfield Park.

VICTORIAN COUNTRY CRICKET LEAGUE

LEONGATHA AND DISTRICT 8-207 and 3-15 d BALLARAT 156

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