Kangas cause upset as Blackwell snatches ten wickets



LANGWARRIN caused one of the upsets of the 2015-16 MPCA Provincial season on Saturday when it knocked over top-of-the-table Peninsula Old Boys.

However, it was the other end of the Peninsula that had tongues wagging.

MPCA and Sorrento superstar Anthony Blackwell had figures of 4/16 overnight against Pines.

He finished with all 10 wickets, bowling 16.2 overs and finishing with 10/41 to help his side to a 24-run victory and maintain fourth place on the ladder.

The loss to Peninsula Old Boys was also a talking point.

There is little love lost between Langwarrin and POB and it was fitting that the match went down to the wire.

The Old Boys seemed untouchable coming into the clash and heading for the finals, however, the young Kangaroos held their nerve throughout and won by 13 runs.

Chasing 267 for victory, the Old Boys were cruising at 0/80 with Dylan O’Malley (64) dominating and Wade Pelzer (20) playing a strong supportive role.

However, Pelzer was run out and O’Malley followed a short time later. All of a sudden the Kangas were back in the game. In a blink of an eye, the visitors went from 0/80 to 6/150.

Mal Coutts and Nathan Volpe answered the call before the skipper Travis Campbell himself got amongst the wickets.

Glenn Prendergast (28) and Jon Forrest (51) gave the Old Boys every chance when they added 60 runs and took the score to 248, however, Prendergast was run out and Forrest became one of Matt Prosser’s three victims (3/63 from 22.2 overs) to grab victory in the final over.

Whilst it’s a tough ask, the Kangaroos still give themselves every chance of playing finals. They must get an outright win against Rye in Round 10 to have any chance.

Sorrento successfully defended its poor first innings score of 116 to beat Pines and remain in the top four.

The Piners were resuming at 4/39 on day two of the clash on opposition turf and only one run was added it became 5/40.

Ricky Ramsdale provided some wag in the tail end (35), but Pines were all out for just 92 in 36.2 overs.

Anthony Blackwell was the star and kept the Sorras in fourth place.

Somerville went close to an outright victory over Moorooduc but the Ducs were able to hold out.

The Ducs made 133 in their first dig and the Eagles resumed at 0/25. Craig Black blasted 82 and Brad Rossborough hit 60 as the Eagles declared at 2/222 after just 35 overs.

Moorooduc was 7/53 at one stage with Jack Kennedy (3/40) and Matty Roach (2/24) claiming wickets.

However, Michael Whincup (22) and Cameron Bailey (24) knuckled down and got the job done for the Ducs, batting out the remaining 49 overs and finishing at 9/117.

Crib Point made tough work of beating Mornington.

Chasing 108 for victory, the Magpies resumed at 0/11. But they scrambled in the end, settling on 143.

It was enough to claim the all-important 12 points and maintain second position on the ladder.

Brad McDonald was the pick of the Mornington bowlers with 3/12 from seven overs.

Baxter picked-up a solid win against Long Island.

Defending 9/217, Baxter was able to bowl Long Island out for 167.

Dale Irving claimed 2/18 and Ben Brittain 3/37, however, it was man of the match Chris Brittain who added 4/41 to his 122 runs.

Simon Dignan top scored for the Islanders with 46.

Baxter (68) is now 12 points clear of Long Island in fifth place, just four points behind Sorrento.

The Islanders are now locked with Mornington, Pines, Langwarrin and Moorooduc on 56 points.

Mount Eliza claimed the win against Rye, however, the Demons were spared yet another outright loss.

After making 9/249 on day one, Mt Eliza tried to bowl Rye out twice on the second day.

They rolled the Demons for 69 in the first innings and had them three down in the second innings.

Paul Coldrey claimed 5/19 and Justin Grant 5/14 in the first innings and one wicket each in the second dig.

First published in the Mornington News – 9 February 2016


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