TOOTGAROOK’S Matthew Whelan can do anything on a cricket field. He’s extremely talented and his best is as good as we’ve seen. On Saturday against Skye, Whelan strode to the crease with his side in a spot of bother at 2/37, but left the ground with the team score at 301. Whelan had 174 next to his name. Together with Travis French, who scored 80, Whelan dominated the Skye attack and set the side up for a solid victory after completing 80 overs on 9/327. Pat Clinch picked up three wickets for Skye.
Frankston YCW made tough work of batting their 80 overs against Dromana, scoring just over two runs an over to finish at 7/169. Jack Greenwood opened with 37 and Levi McLoughlin-Dore made 58 batting seventh to help the home side see out their overs. Aaron Kaddatz was the best of the Dromana bowlers with 2/17 from 13 overs.
Hastings is less than 50 runs short of victory, with eight wickets in hand after dominating day one of their match against Balnarring at Thomas Barclay Reserve. Balnarring were bowled out for just 93, Tim Birch dominating with the ball for the Blues, claiming 4/16 from 20 overs and Luke Hewitt 3/26 from 18 overs. Isuru Dias chimed in at the end with 2/3 from 5.2 overs. In reply, Hastings lost their openers with a mere 12 runs, before talking control and finishing on 2/52.
A 100-plus partnership between Pete Doughty and Matt Maher has Rosebud in a strong position against Ballam Park. The Knights will chase 243 for victory after Rosebud made 6/242, coming back from 6/137.