Buangor holds slight edge in match that saw 23 wickets lost in a day

Buangor is in a slightly stronger position than Swifts-Great Western after the first day of their two-day A Grade game.

In one of the most bizarre and action-packed matches of the 2017-18 season, Buangor claimed the first innings points on a day where 23 wickets were lost.

Electing to bat first, the reigning premiers failed to capitalise on what was described as a “strong batting wicket”.

Captain Chris Jerram (37) and opener Lachlan Oddie (26) combined for 63 of Buangor’s total of 81 as Combine fast bowler Matt Heffer created havoc.

Heffer picked up 8-37 which included a hat-trick to bowl Buangor out after 27 overs.

In a strange twist of fate, the usually strong Combine batting lineup failed to fire, getting bowled out for two runs less than Buangor to hand the home side the first innings points. 

Jerram starred with the ball too, claiming six wickets. 

With 14 overs still to play in the day, Buangor lost three wickets to lead by 24 going into the second day of play. 

Jerram said it was a “strange” day of play to be involved with.

“I thought it was quite a good batting wicket and what we scored was no where near competitive,” he said.

“Credit to Matt Heffer for the way he bowled – taking eight wickets is incredible.

“I lacked a bit of confidence when we started fielding but after a few wickets I thought we were in control.

“It was quite amazing to be able to score just 81 ad still lead after the first innings.”

Combine skipper Sam Cocks shared similar thoughts to Jerram.

“It was pretty hectic. It will be interesting to see how the game finishes,” he said.