GDCA first grade: Court House cruises to a 95-run victory over Mornington

Just like the Albion-Kookaburras match, batting first was the way to go as Court House took on Mornington.

It was Court House that batted first and cruised to a 95-run win.

Court House’s start was steady as Michael Flannery (24) steered the ship in the right direction before he was the second wicket to fall with the score on 47.

Two more quick wickets followed and Court House were in some strife at 4-54 with Prashanth van Houten (2-18) doing his job.

However, Ben Haire (32) and Brad Gander (26) came to the rescue and put on a partnership of 40.

The duo fell in quick succession – Haire was the first to go when he was removed by Ben Hennesey (2-26) – but captain Farran Lamb (31) and Ben Irwin (12*) kicked the score along to see Court House finish at 7-158.

It then took Court House 23.3 overs to bowl Mornington out.

Hennesey (18) and Nick Willoughby (11) opened the batting and were the best of the Mornington batsmen.

Mornington was 3-45 at one point before the final seven wickets were taken for just 18 runs.

Oscar King (3-8) finished with the best figures for Court House while Isaac Harris (3-16) picked up his second three-wicket haul in a row.

Lamb (1-15), Ben Irwin (1-16) and Sam Doubleday (1-4) also snared a wicket each to see Mornington bowled out with 63 runs on the scoreboard.

Mornington and Kookaburras will have the chance to break their duck next week as the two teams face off while Albion and Court House have a chance to move into outright first on the ladder when they meet.