The Demons’ painful start continues

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Hitting the sticks: Despite this setback, Rosebud did well with the bat getting to 9/184 against Flinders. Picture: Rab Siddhi

Hitting the sticks: Despite this setback, Rosebud did well with the bat getting to 9/184 against Flinders. Picture: Rab Siddhi

Rye’s pain continued in round three of MPCA District cricket after losing 14 wickets in 45 overs against Mt Martha on Saturday.

After a disastrous 2015-16 season which saw the Demons relegated, they have started the new season picking-up where they left off – in trouble!

In just two and a half games of cricket so far this season, the Demons have lost a staggering 42 wickets for just 312 runs.

On Saturday against the Reds, the Demons batted first and were rolled for just 79 in 35 overs.

Rhys Whitling snagged five wickets for Mt Martha while Matt Travena was the highest Rye run scorer with 14.

The Reds didn’t fare much better with the bat in reply. Chasing quick runs, they got themselves in a little bit of strife before eventually declaring after 35 overs at 9/115.

Tom Baron and Max Cairns snared 4/49 and 4/44 respectively for Rye.

That gave Mt Martha the final 10 overs of the day to eat into the Rye top order, which they successfully did taking 4/20.

The evergreen Nick Christides blasted 130 for Delacombe Park as they amassed 316 against Baden Powell.

In was vintage Christides who took to the Braves’ bowling attack with contempt as he smacked five fours and 10 sixes on his way to his century.

Jon Guthrie had the best seat in the house at the other end, scoring 31 of the opening stand of 140 before he lost his wicket.

The Parkers went from 0/140 to 6/230 before Evan Campbell came in at the end and hit a quick 61.

The Braves faced the final four overs of the day and lost Tyson Jackson to Rob Fisher for one. The Braves will resume on day two at 1/10.

Billy Quigley top scored for Rosebud with 85 runs and Matt Maher scored 41 as the home side whipped up 9/184 against Flinders.

Max Royal was the best of the Sharks’ bowlers with 3/46.

A total of 12 wickets fell on the opening day of the match between Seaford Tigers and Red Hill.

The Tigers batted first and were dismissed for 147 with Ash Mills top scoring with 61. Lincoln Toy helped himself to 4/35 and Glenn Collett has started the season in fine fashion, adding 2/29 to his solid start.

In reply, the Hillmen wouldn’t have been happy losing 2/14 with 18-year-old Max Watters picking up 2/9 for the Tigers.

Heatherhill has already won its match against Seaford.

The Hills rolled Seaford for just 109 in 48.4 overs with Jon Powell collecting 3/12 off seven overs to be the pick of the Hills’ bowlers.

The Hills then replied with 5/188 with Jake Theobald unbeaten on 55.

The match between Boneo and Main Ridge looks in the balance on the scoreboard after day one but the Ridge have enormous batting talent.

Boneo batted first after losing the toss and were bowled out for just 133. Luke Collins was the best of the Ridge bowlers with 5/36 from 19 overs while Travis Barker picked up 2/11 off four overs.

The Ridge faced the last 15 overs of the day and lost 2/35.

First published in the Mornington News – 1 November 2016

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