PENINSULA Old Boys’ and Baxter stars Dylan O’Malley and Daniel Warwick continued their dominant starts to the season with a massive 154 and 141 respectively in Round 3 of Provincial cricket on Saturday.
O’Malley has already chalked up over 200 runs in three hits this season with scores of 24, 46 and now 154 against Pines on the weekend.
Fellow opening bat Wade Pelzer has also blasted his way into the new season with 130 run in three innings after scoring 94 against Pines.
Peninsula Old Boys finished their 80 overs in excellent condition at 5/345. Matty Hyden scored 39.
Harley Parker was the best of Pines bowlers with 3/102 from 33 overs.
Craig Entwhistle bowled 1.3 overs before being forced to throwing the nugget to Damien Lawrence, who finished his over.
Down the road at Baxter, the Rolls Royce that is Warwick also opened the innings against Sorrento and hit 16 fours and two sixes on his way to an unbeaten 141.
Warwick has 233 runs in the three innings this season after scores of 38, 54 and 141.
Chris Brittain also continued his great start to the season (13, 61 and 57) with a half century before being run out and Justin Bridgeman was solid again with 43. Ben Matters came in at the end of the innings and scored a quick fire 42, helping his side to 7/298 before declaring the innings.
That declaration with four overs left in the day proved to be a master stroke with two wickets falling in the final 25 balls of the day (one no ball).
Jack Falck and Mick Dunball (six) were both sent packing by Chamika Sattambi (2/7) in his opening spell for the season.
Mooroduc recruit Shamith Kannangara was another who scored a ton on Saturday, this time against Pearecdale.
Kannangara was a shining light for the Ducs who managed to score 8/239 against the Panthers with Ben Williams opening with 40 and Carey Sawosz scoring 33 batting at nine.
Will Kennedy bowled just 12 overs in the opening two games of the season but bowled 22 on Saturday with a return of 4/72 to be the best of the Panthers’ bowlers. Kaine Smith also snared 3/50 from 22 overs.
Langwarrin has set Crib Point 241 for victory at Crib Point Reserve after scoring a competitive total on Saturday.
The Kangas won the toss and batted first with Simon McEvoy and Aaron Edwards top scoring with 55 each, skipper Trav Campbell hitting 42 and Joel Bateman 37.
Jacob Cook usually gives the Kangas a tough time and he was the pick of the bowlers with 2/37. Glenn Barclay and Henry Dolphin also claimed a couple of wickets each.
Mt Eliza will need to produce something strong with the ball to defend its 6/196 against Long Island.
Keith Biggs top scored for the Mounties with an unbeaten 56 while Timmy Strickland offered strong support with 45 and Jordan Fuhrmann hit 38.
James Paxton did a lot of work with the ball for the Islanders, bowling 26 overs and finishing with 3/68.
Chris Hocking also bowled extremely well in his 26 overs, finishing with eight maidens and a return of 2/75.
The Islanders faced the final three overs of the day without loss.
Mornington will defend 254 against Somerville at the Eagles’ nest.