SEAFORD has kept its MPCA District season alive with a superb win against arch rival Seaford Tigers.
The Tigers appeared to have the upper hand in the clash heading into day two, however a superb knock from Damien Lawrence got the home side across the line.
Seaford won the toss on day one and sent the Tigers into bat.
It looked like a good move when they had the opposition 4/30 and 5/59, however, the Tigers scrambled to 9/236, thanks largely to 77 from skipper David James and more than 100 runs from the tail.
Seaford was in all kinds of bother when Paul Hartle was the fifth man out with the score on 33 on day two.
When Nick Simpendorfer was sent packing just nine runs later, Seaford looked gone.
However, Lawrence was joined at the crease by Dil Pageni (24) and together they were able to swing the pendulum.
While Pageni was great support, there was much more needed for Lawrence. Tailenders Andy McMannis (27) and Matthew Herbert (32) provided wonderful backup to Lawrence, who finished unbeaten on 87.
Corey Hand was sensational for the Tigers with 6/74.
The loss saw the Tigers lose touch with the top four while Seaford remain in equal four position.
It’s official, Delacombe Park is gone!
Last year’s grand finalists and flag favorites have no chance to play finals this season after going down to Somerville.
Chasing 210 for victory, the Parkers fell 19 runs short, despite an unbeaten 117 from Nick Christides.
Matthew Roach was the match winner for the Eagles, claiming 5/45, while Russell Wilkes picked-up 4/62.
Hastings pulled off one of the wins of the season, successfully defending its ordinary total of 113 against Main Ridge.
The Ridge resumed its inning at 3/43 and looked to have enough batting to get the job done.
However, Carey Sawosz tore through the Ridge batting line and finished with 5/51, giving him 23 wickets for the season.
Sawosz worked in tandem with Luke Hewitt, who bowled 11.5 overs and finished with 4/20.
Jason Albress top scored for the home side with 18.
Mt Martha needed to produce something special with the ball on Saturday to defend its 167 against top of the table Red Hill and while they were very good, they weren’t good enough.
Everything seemed to be going according to plan for the Reds when they had the Hillmen 6/98. Simon Dart was back in the sheds also.
However, the tail had plenty of wag with Brent Martin scoring 44 and Nick Esipoff 37 to guide their side home.
Curtis Stone was the pick of the Mt Martha bowlers with 4/80 from 29 overs.
Carrum all but locked away its place in the top four with a convincing win against Baden Powell.
Chasing 216 for the win and to keep their very slim finals aspirations alive, the Braves were rolled for just 90.
Campbell Ak was the best of the Lions’ bowlers with 4/23, while Liam Dobson and Jackson Fry each claimed two wickets.
Looking for the outright, Carrum sent the Braves straight back in, however, could only claim two second innings wickets. Rhys Elmi made an unbeaten 51 in the second dig.