Slump in form for Demons

Paul McGrath, left, and Andrew Wedge put on 44 for fourth wicket, but Portarlington went down to Collendina on Saturday. 162805 Picture: JAMIE CULLUM

AFTER finishing last season as minor premiers, Portarlington slumped to second-bottom on the BPCA ladder after a 71-run loss to Collendina in round five.
The Demons are only percentage away from bottom spot even though they batted well on the weekend against one of the premiership favourites.
Chasing 304 for victory, Port dug in and could hold their heads high after compiling 232.
On day one, a Ben Ricardo century took the game away from the Demons even though Paul McGrath tried hard with 5/65 from 21 overs while Devlin Foot kept things tidy with 1/97 from a marathon 31 overs.
Wicket-keeper Andrew Wedge snared three catches behind the stumps.
Reuben Beazley and Riley Morrison began well, taking the score to 35, but Port then lost three wickets for just one run.
At 4/80, after McGrath and Andrew Wedge (19) added 44, virtually all hope of winning had vanished.
An 82-run stand between McGrath (54) and skipper Darren Duff (59) put some respectability back onto the scoreboard and even though they lost, the Cobras finished off the game knowing they’d been in a contest.
Port hosts Barrabool in the final game before the Christmas break with the Bulls in good batting form, but if Kane Pickering doesn’t get runs, the Dees will fancy themselves to notch up their first victory and keep away from the wooden spoon.
In a strange quirk of the fixture, Port then faces Queenscliff twice in consecutive matches after the break and will be eyeing off a winning streak that would see them rise up the ladder and even be a slight chance at a finals berth.
Duff has led the way with 212 runs so far this season at an average of 42.50.

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