Tough for Tigers at home

GOOD FORM: Michael Johnston plays back down the crease on his way to a half-century at Marist Park.

By Trevor Jackson

NORTH Gambier returned to its home at Marist Park on Saturday to host West Gambier in Round 4 of the Hoggies Wines Barber Shield cricket season.

With the ground in its usual pristine condition for the opening day of play, the Tigers failed to take advantage, bowled out in the 67th over for just 178 runs.

A shining light came from Michael Johnston who posted a steady half century, his 61 runs coming from 167 deliveries.

It was bad news from the outset, with Brad Robinson out to Richard Crute for just one run and the total at three.

Kayne Badman had his stumps disrupted by Crute for a duck and when Elliott Fisher fell for five, lbw to Sam Willis for just five, North was in trouble at 3/11.

Jake Schutz and Johnston steadied the innings, with a much-needed 48-run partnership but Schutz was run out for 25 to end the resurgence.

Nick McInerney came and went for just six runs but Mitch Lewis joined Johnston in the middle and the pair began to again right the ship.

The runs again began to come but the partnership was broken after 46 runs, as Johnston eventually departed.

Justin McConnell headed to the crease and was among the runs, with 32 from 47 balls before he was run out and that was about it for the Tigers.

Crute finished with 3/40 off 16 overs.