Leaping Frogs back in control



Saved by the rope: A somerville fieldsman saves yet another boundary by Long Island batsmen. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Saved by the rope: A somerville fieldsman saves yet another boundary by Long Island batsmen. Picture: Andrew Hurst

TOOTGAROOK and Ballam Park are playing for their seasons in MPCA Sub-District cricket in Round eight.

Both sides are just half a game outside of the top four. A loss in this match could end their seasons.

The Knights have gone through some tough times of late, with Ryan O’Connor pulling the pin and heading home to Sorrento mid-season.

However, some of the “old stagers” have again rallied around the club and are hoping to get them into the finals.

After day one of the clash against the Frogs at Truemans Road Reserve, it appears the Knights are up against it.

Tootgarook bowled Ballam Park out for 152 in 61 overs. Jarryd Ward top scoring for the Knights with 29 and Zac Clements scored 28.

Scott Sterling and Matt Whelan each claimed three wickets for the Frogs.

In reply, Whelan has gone to town and scored an unbeaten 54 in 19 overs. Toogarook will resume at 1/75.

The evergreen Jason Mathers wound back the clock a decade or two on Saturday, scoring 120 for Rosebud as they amassed 310 against Tyabb.

With Billy Quigley (61) getting the team away to a flier at the top of the innings, Mathers strode to the crease at number five with his side in some bother at 3/43. Mathers then put on 153 with Quigley while Jason Nagel came in at the end and smashed 65.

Frankston YCW’s season is well and truly still alive after the opening day of its match against Hastings.

The Blues won the toss and batted first and set a score of 173. Jake Hewitt was the star with the bat for the Blues with 95, while Isuru Dias hit 27 at the end of the innings.

At one stage, Hastings was 6/75.

Lai Leaunoa opened the bowling for the Stonecats and took 4/25 from 17 overs, while teenager Sam Fulton claimed 3/41 from 14 overs with the new pill.

In reply, the Stonecats are in command at 2/85 with Leaunoa (29) and Jason Bedford (21) still at the crease.

Carrum Downs, currently in fourth place on the ladder, took another jolt in the arm for finals action after Mark Snelling belted 123 against Skye.

The Cougars made 7/294 in 75 overs before sending Skye in for the final five overs of the day.

Skye lost 2/2. Earlier, Scott Rodda picked-up 5/83 for Skye.

Top-of-the-table Dromana still has its work cut out to beat Balnarring.

The Hoppers batted first and made 192 in 65 overs, Jack Fowler top scoring with 51 and Jeff Bluhm scoring 48.

Mitch Kleinig was superb for the Saints with 4/54 from 13 overs while Justin Brown claimed 3/41.

Brenton Taylor will resume on 29 for the Saints as they resume at 1/42.

First published in the Mornington News – 19 January 2016


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