ALEX Wallis and lower-order bat Lachlan Isbister relished a chance to relax and make some runs for VRI Delacombe on Saturday.
VRI was well and truly in control against fellow finals contender Ballan when play resumed at Delacombe in Ballarat Cricket Association district division one.
All VRI needed was 17 runs to claim victory and polish off the minor premiership. VRI lost its fifth wicket in the process but, once victory was secure, chose to bat out the afternoon.
Wallis, who guided his team to the win, reached a half-century and Isbister reinforced his own batting form with 41.
VRI captain James Nichols said the win was a great all-round confidence boost leading into finals.
Anthony Creati nabbed 3-30 off 8.5 overs and Lachlan Isbister claimed 3-4 off 5.1 to blow apart Ballan on day one.
Blues’ bowler Michael Snaith headlined the opposition attack, taking 5-52 in reply.
Wallis and Jeromy Johnston formed a 49-run partnership for the sixth wicket that safely guided VRI past the Blues’ tally.
Division one competition is notoriously tight and while VRI tops the ladder at the regular season’s end, Nichols knows his team is far from safe.
VRI DELACOMBE 51 premiership points, 1.3156 percentage; BURRUMBEET 42, 1.4458; BALLAN 40, 1.0699; LUCAS 30, 0.9280; Buninyong 27, 0.8240; Dunnstown 24, 0.6010.
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