Braves make a late charge against Demons



RYE lost its fourth match in outright fashion in MPCA District cricket on Saturday, this time against Baden Powell.

The Braves raced up the ladder to fifth place and is now just four points behind third placed Delacombe Park and fourth placed Flinders.

The Demons have had a horror season. They lost three matches outright from rounds two to four before losing yet again in outright fashion on Saturday. In round five Rye avoided outright loss by just two wickets and find themselves on the bottom of the ladder and odds-on to be relegated next season.

Baden Powell started the day just 50 runs behind Rye’s first innings total of 111, still having 10 wickets in hand.

Looking to pick up the additional eight points, the Braves lost two wickets on their way to 113 before sending Rye back in.

Rye was dismissed for 97 in its second innings, lasting just 40.5 overs, before the Braves picked up the winning runs in just 19 overs.

Michael Ballard was the pick of the bowlers for Baden Powell in the second innings, claiming 5/18 from 10.5 overs.

Red Hill is six points clear at the top of the District ladder after smashing Flinders.

The Sharks were up against it after the first day, scoring just 127 while Red Hill resumed at 1/59.

The Hillmen went on to score 302 for the loss of just seven wickets. Andrew Mock dominated with 144, including 16 fours and six sixes, while Glenn Collett had a day out too, finishing unbeaten on 70 after blasting three sixes and eight fours.

Flinders was sent back into bat and finished at 1/59 before the match was declared.

Rosebud has slipped to seventh place on the ladder after being beaten by Seaford.

Chasing 201 for victory, Rosebud resumed at 1/47. It was bowled out for 172 with Chris Cleef causing all the damage for Seaford with 6/68 from a massive 40.2 overs.

Matthew Bishop scored 128 and Matty Meagher went agonisingly close to a century (99) to help Heatherhill get the 12 points against Boneo.

The Hills resumed at 0/9, chasing Boneo’s 203.

At one stage the Hills slumped to 4/57, before Bishop and Meagher took control.

Brett Maxwell rounded off a great game personally, adding an unbeaten 50 to his bowling figures of 3/55.

Cam Williams was the pick of the Boneo bowlers with 3/64 from 18 overs.

Mt Martha did what it needed to do to get the desired result against Main Ridge.

The Reds had already won the game after the first week, bowling out Main Ridge for 125 and then finishing the day at 6/146.

Mt Martha went on to make 244 after there was plenty of wag in the tail.

Main Ridge fared better in the second innings (8/237) with Shaun Foster smacking 142, however, it was all too little, too late.

Delacombe Park successfully defended its 8/298, bowling out Seaford Tigers for 169.

Dean Bright took 4/54 from 17.4 overs for the Parkers while Rob Fisher and Ricky Ramsdale picked up a couple of wickets each.

First published in the Mornington News – 19 December 2016


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