Down day for Dogs

Travis Dean. (Ivan Kemp) 322163_01

A poor batting display has seen Footscray slip behind the pack in the race for Victorian Premier Cricket finals.

Having had some strong second half season form, the Bulldogs were hoping to continue that against Ringwood and cement a top eight spot heading into the final round.

Having restricted the Rams to 184 on day one of the match, the Bulldogs would have been confident in chasing that down.

They resumed at 2-17.

It would be a day to forget for the Bulldogs batters as the side was skittled for just 73 in 50.2 overs.

Mitchell Jamieson, in his first top grade match of the season, was the only batter to show resistance, finishing 31 not out.

The next highest scorer was Travis Dean with 11.

The Rams sent the Bulldogs straight back in as they searched for an outright win.

The Bulldogs were again in trouble early with Aiman Nadeem, Mitchell Jamieson, who had been promoted up the order and Dylan Brasher, were back in the sheds before the total hit 15.

Dylan Kight and Arjun Nair soon joined them with the side staring down being bowled out for 100 for the second time in a day.

The experienced Travis Dean and James Doherty steadied the ship, with the Bulldogs finishing 5-90.

Dean finished not out on 37, while Doherty was unbeaten on 29.

The loss leaves the Bulldogs sitting in 11th spot, six points outside the top eight.

The Bulldogs face Casey-South Melbourne in the final round of the season in a two-day clash. They will need results to go their way if they’re to play finals.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs were beaten in the semi finals of the under-18 competition on Sunday by Melbourne.

The Bulldogs made 171 as they were bowled out in the 48th over. Melbourne made the runs with ease, finishing 3-172 in just 29.1 overs.