The Red Hill steam train shows no signs of slowing down after scoring 9/301 against Mt Martha on Saturday at the Red Hill Showgrounds.
The Hillmen rely on no individual to win games of cricket, with all hands on deck whether batting, bowling or out in the field. After scoring more than 300 runs on Saturday, you’d be forgiven for assuming the likes of Simon Dart and Matt Merifield were amongst the runs.
Either that or the Shaws, at the top of the order, dominated. But you should never assume anything with the Hillmen.
While Riley Shaw did score 42, the real action came from Brent Martin, who scored 74 to back up his recent 46-run effort, while Glenn Collett hit 54 and Andrew Mock 40. The latter are number eight and nine batsmen, yet, they scored almost 100 runs between them.
Michael Clavin was the pick of the Mt Martha bowlers, with 4/51 from 17 overs, but Jordan Pomeroy was also back to his best with 3/60.
Carrum is still roughly 50 runs short of making a game of it against Baden Powell. While at the end of the day runs on the board is what it’s all about, the Braves wouldn’t be concerned at all chasing 225 for victory. John Mitchell opened with 77 for the Lions on Saturday to be the top scorer, while Lachy Dobson was again called in to get some runs, scoring 40 in spite of batting eighth.
Main Ridge has some work to do with the bat this week, going up against Pearcedale at Tractor Park. The Panthers made 7/261 on Saturday after being sent in to bat by the Ridge. Brad Trotter opened with 80 while skipper Kaine Smith hit 71 and Luke Jennings contributed 46 on debut.
Adam Bryant was a stand-out bowler for Main Ridge, writing up 4/50.
At 5/35 against Boneo, Flinders were in a real spot of bother until evergreen Shane Beggs, one of the MPCA’s finest, strode out to the crease. With great support from Blake Hogan-Keogh (36) and Mitch Stansborough (28), Beggs was free to blast away, amassing an unbeaten 101 to help his side to 9/228. Cameron Williams snared 4/53 for the Pandas while Daniel Wilson claimed 4/39.
Seaford missed out on an easy opportunity to post a big score in their derby match. Thanks to a middle-order collapse, the Seaford Tigers remain competitive. Seaford were cruising with 0/80 early on before Paul Hartle fell for 45 and Ryan McQueen for 32. That score line quickly became 5/111 – Scott Manders scored 28 and the tail wagged to help Seaford to 8/212.Ash Mills claimed 3/21 from 21 overs for the Tigers while Corey Hand and David James picked up two wickets apiece.
A total of 13 wickets fell on day one of the match between Delacombe Park and Heatherhill.
The Hills rolled the home side for 150. Steve Anderson top scored for the Parkers with 50 while Daniel Ballard scored 23 against his old crew. Jason Hinde, Brett Maxwell and Jordan Creely each snared three wickets for the Hills. Heatherhill is now struggling at 3/22, while Dean Blight for Delacombe Park has 2/9 from five overs.