Baxter hits the top

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PROVINCIAL

BAXTER shot to the top of the MPCA Provincial ladder on Saturday after beating Heatherhill outright.

Heatherhill resumed its second innings at 0/19, still 48 runs behind Baxter’s first innings total.

The Hills batted first on day one of the clash and made just 94 in 36.2 overs.

Baxter came out firing and quickly made 8/161 in 35 overs before having another crack at the Hills late on the first day.

The second innings was marginally better than the first for the Hills, making 109 in 39.3 overs, however it was never going to be enough to save the game.

Chamika Sattambi backed up his four first innings wickets with 4/28, while Dale Irving, Brad Holton and Ben Smith all claimed a couple each.

Baxter needed just 7.2 overs to get the winning runs, Shane McComb blasting five fours on his way to an unbeaten 30.

Langwarrin’s season come to a screaming halt on Saturday after it was smashed by Long Island.

As predicted, Langwarrin’s brittle batting line up failed to make any inroads into Long Island’s first innings total of 196.

Islanders’ superstar Scott Phillips has been terrorising Langwarrin batsmen for more than a decade and he succeeded yet again on Saturday.

Opening the bowling, Phillips bowled 19 overs, finished with six maidens and figures of 4/23.

Only two Langwarrin batsmen made it to double figures, Mark Cooper scoring 20 and Matt Prosser 21.

The convincing win keeps the Islanders in fourth place on the table, just percentage ahead of Mornington.

The Doggies are still very much in the hunt for back-to-back flags after smashing third placed Peninsula Old Boys.

Mornington restricted the Old Boys to a little under two runs an over in their first innings, keeping them to 105 in 58 overs.

Mornington had to face the last 22 overs of the day on day one and managed to get through relatively unscathed.

The Dogs resumed at 1/40 and ended up cruising to victory, eventually all out for 178.

Ben Clements was superb batting at three, smacking eight fours on his way to 80, while Luke Popov provided sensational support with 25. Michael Heib was also very good at the end, adding a handy 21.

Mornington actually won the match with seven wickets still in hand.

Mt Eliza enjoyed a rare celebration this season with a victory against Moorooduc.

It appeared the Ducs had inflicted more 2014/15 pain on the Mounties after scoring 6/251 in their first innings last week, however, led by Craig Entwhistle with 86, the home side was able to hunt down the total.

Mt Eliza finished its innings at 8/259.

Sorrento was unconvincing in its win against Crib Point but nonetheless, come away with the 12 points.

The Sorras resumed its innings at 2/39 after bowling out the Magpies for 121.

Corey Harris went on to score 39 after resuming on 15 while Nick Jewell was trapped in front by Luke Herrington for nine.

Mick Dunball scored 32 and Leigh Poholke 22 in the middle order to ensure the home side scored the winning runs.

Herrington and Brad Davidson each claimed two wickets.

Pines scraped over the line against Rye, thanks to some superb bowling from left arm quick Alex Coad.

Coad, who was the hottest new bowler on the peninsula three seasons ago, found some of that old form and carved-up the Rye batting line-up, finishing with 6/25.

It was enough to give Pines victory, 107 to 102.

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