Long shot Taylors Lakes remains alive

Taylors Lakes
Aamir Raza. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Lance Jenkinson

Taylors Lakes will live to fight another day in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association.

The Lions will head into the last round with finals still a possibility after taking care of business with a 47-run win over Croydon at Lionheart Reserve on Saturday.

For the Lions to break into the top six, they will need everything to go right on the last Saturday of the regular season.

The Lions not only have to beat second-placed Altona in a one-day game at JK Grant Reserve, but will need a hand from Yarraville, to beat fifth-placed Melton, or Balwyn, to beat sixth-placed Noble Park.

Should Taylors Lakes, Melton and Noble Park all lose, it will open the door for one of Bayswater or Hoppers Crossing, who square off against each other, to fall into the finals.

Taylors Lakes won a tight, low-scoring affair over Croydon in the penultimate round.

The Lions could only muster 8-129 off 45 overs.

After crumbling to 6-69, Aamir Raza performed the rescue act for the Lions. Raza made 48 for the second game running.

Late runs from Mark McLachlan (16) and Jason Denny (27) moved the score to triple figures. It was more than enough for the Taylors Lakes bowlers to defend.

After a top order failure, Croydon was always behind the eight ball and would eventually perish for a meagre 82.

Jarrod Wakeling (3-8) and Luke Denny (3-13) starred with the ball for the Lions.