Wangaratta settles for third

WANGARATTA and District has failed to make the division 3 final at Melbourne Country Week.

The WDCA couldn’t overcome group heavyweight Warragul in yesterday’s final round of play and finished third.

After winning the toss and batting, the WDCA could manage just 8-165 from its 50 overs.

WDCA coach Barry Grant said it was never going to be enough.

“The pitch was a road,” Grant said.

“It was one of those pitches that you look at straight away and say 200.

“Realistically, we needed 220-230.”

While it wasn’t the score they were after, the WDCA’s total looked super competitive in the early stages of Warragul’s innings.

Wangaratta had the division leader 3-39 and on the ropes.

However, Gamini Kumara (85no) and Malcolm Dow (65) rallied to steer Warragul over the line.

They finished 4-205 from their 50 overs.

“We managed to tie them up for a while,” Grant said.

“But it wasn’t enough.

“We lost our way in our innings when Callum Nankervis had to retire hurt.

“He was in the 50s and going really well but jammed down on his foot against a spinner and ended up with a bit of bone bruising.

“It is what it is but it didn’t help.

“The boys gave it a red hot crack.”