Reds continue their domination

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MT MARTHA has continued its domination in District cricket, already picking up the 12 points against Main Ridge.

Main Ridge have been a major disappointment this season with high expectations that they would be a real challenger in 2016-17.

However, the Ridge’s form has been up and down and they find themselves mid-range on the ladder.

On Saturday they batted first and were rolled for just 125.

Michael Holmes opened with 27 and Billy Sakalis was the next best with 24.

Shaun Foster was sent packing for a blob and skipper Gareth Wyatt was trapped in front for 17. Wyatt has scored just over 100 runs this season (76 coming in one innings against Rye), which is far from the star Wyatt that we have come to expect.

Rhys Whitling, Michael Claven and Curtis Stone all did the damage with the ball for Mt Martha.

The Reds have already past the total, skipper Mitchel Darvill scoring 78 at the top of the order and Riley Shaw hitting 40.

In the battle for outright top spot, Red Hill is just 69 runs from victory against Flinders.

Flinders batted first on their home deck on Saturday and were bowled out for 127.

Tom Clements was the best of the Sharks’ bats with 39, while Blake Hogan-Keogh hit five fours in his 31.

Brent Martin was the pick of the Red Hill bowlers with 5/25 from 26.1 overs. Carl Robinson also did some damage with 3/32 from 20 overs.

In reply, Red Hill faced the final 14 overs of the day and settled on 1/59.

Matt Merifield was in a destructive mood for the Hillmen, blasting two sixes and five fours on his way to 41.

Delcombe Park has set Seaford Tigers with a challenge of scoring 299 to win their match.

The Parkers batted first on their home deck and it was Jon Guthrie this time who took to the bowling with a fine 132. Guthrie’s century included 10 fours and three sixes.

Nick Christides was also up and going with 74, while Evan Campbell chipped in with 39.

David James, Ash Mills and Max Watters all picked up two wickets each for the Tigers.

Baden Powell is just 51 runs away from victory against Rye.

The Demons batted first on Saturday and made 111 in 69 overs. Aaron Vernon was the pick of the Rye batsmen with 37, while Andrew Dunn scored 17.

In reply, the Braves are cruising at 0/61, Coen Chernishoff and Elia Carter both undefeated on 29.

Rosebud has started well in its chase against Seaford, who were bowled out for 200.

Seaford batted first on its home ground and Ryan McQueen got his team away to a good start with 62, while receiving good support from Chris Cleef with 44.

However, Jason Nagel took wickets at important times, including that of McQueen, and finished with 4/59 from 27 overs. Billy Quigley picked up 3/47 from 13 overs.

In reply, the Buds are 1/47, Brian Doughty the out batsman for 18. Quigley and Mathew Maher are the not out batsmen.

Boneo has set Heatherhill 204 for victory.

The Pandas top and middle order failed miserably which put real pressure on the middle and lower order.

Thankfully Cam Wiliams (64) and Leigh Janssen (39) made an impression late in the innings.

Boneo was 3/23 at one stage and then 7/70 before the late comeback.

Jason Hinde was superb with the ball for the Hills with 4/41 while Matt Meagher claimed 3/44 from 27.1 overs. Brett Maxwell was also good for the home side with 3/55 from 17 overs.

First published in the Mornington News – 13 December 2016

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