LONG Island has placed itself in a commanding position against Pines in MPCA Provincial cricket after scoring 9/263 on day one of the match.
Despite a shaky start that saw the home team 3/49, Islanders’ skipper Scott Phillips (70), along with Justin Bridgeman (31) took the score to 117.
Strong performances from Andrew Tweddle (49) and keeper Michael Chaplin (42) in the middle order then ensured the Islanders batted out their 80 overs and posted a strong score.
Craig Entwhistle and Nick Wilcox each claimed a couple of wickets each for the Piners.
The Piners will need to bat a lot better than they did in the opening round last week to be any chance of victory.
Langwarrin gave up a solid start but still managed to post a competitive score of 228 against Sorrento.
The opening pair of Matt Prosser (77) and Simon McEvoy put on 128 for the opening stand but the Kangas pretty much lost their way after that.
Jake Prosser scored 22 batting at three and Mitch Bromley was more than handy again in the middle order, however, the rest failed.
Jayden Morgan was the surprise packet, opening the bowling and claiming 3/56 from 20 overs, while Bobby Parslow put on a show, snaring 5/25 from 18.5 overs. He bowled 11 maidens.
Mornington has again failed with the bat, this time against Moorooduc.
However, the Dogs’ bowlers have placed them in the box seat.
The Doggies struggled against Langwarrin last week in the one day game and on Saturday, limped to 177 against the Ducs. Brad McDonald top scored with 59 and Michael Heib scored 36.
The home side rolled their more fancied opponents in the 66th over.
Leigh Lambert (3/27 from 19), Sushant Gupta (3/33) and Ross Cordeaux (3/31) were more than solid for the Ducs.
Unfortunately, the Moorooduc batsmen couldn’t sustain the good work done earlier and fell to 3/30 after facing the final 14 overs of the afternoon. Dogs’ quick Luke Popov has 2/13
Only three Baxter batsmen made more than 10 runs on Saturday against Rye, however, it was enough to give them a competitive total of 205.
Dale Irving hit 67, Shane McComb 49 and Ben Matters 46 at the Greg Beck Oval.
Tom Baron was superb for the Demons, taking 7/63 from 33 overs. Max Cairns was a solid support opening the bowling with two wickets.
Dale Irving and Chamika Sattambi then went to work with the ball for Baxter, picking up two early wickets to have the visitors 2/12 at stumps.
Brad Rossborough has once again started the season in blistering fashion, smacking an unbeaten 110 for Somerville against Mt Eliza.
Rossborough received some solid support from Nick Marshall (44) at the top of the order and Jack Barbour (20) late in the innings, however, no other batsman got into double figures.
Somehow, thanks to Rossborough, the Eagles batted their 80 overs for 235 runs.
Nick Baron was the pick of the Mt Eliza bowlers with 5/39 from 18 overs.
Peninsula Old Boys dominated the first day of their match against Crib Point.
The visitors won the toss and batted first and made 8/301 in their 80 overs.
Brad Arnold and Glen Barclay picked-up two wickets each for the Magpies.