Competition is on the boil



THE MPCA Sub-District competition hotted up even further on Saturday after the round seven one-day matches were played.

It was already a tight competition, however, after the completion of the round, just one game separates third placed Tyabb from second-bottom Carrum Downs.

Hastings and Ballam Park are now as safe as houses in the top four after the top two teams recorded wins against Skye and Balnarring respectively.

Tyabb was the big mover with a win against Dromana.

The Yabbies won the toss and batted first and made 175 in their 40 overs, losing just five wickets along the way.

Dromana was never in the hunt in the chase, despite 59 runs from skipper Jack Fowler. Dromana was bowled out for just 114.

A bottom order wag helped Skye hit 106 after they were sent in by Hastings.

At one stage Skye was 4/8 before skipper Anthony Craddock (22), Paul Fillipone (29) and Adrian Gallagher (22) put some respectability into the score.

Luke Hewitt finished with 2/22, Mitchell Floyd 3/16 from 10 overs, including seven maidens and Isuru Dias 2/22 for the Blues.

In reply, Hastings was unimpressive, getting the runs needed with just one wicket to spare, thanks largely to Jake Hewitt, who scored an unbeaten 18 batting at nine. Robbie Hearn top scored with 26. Gallagher was superb for Skye with the ball, taking 4/23.

Brenton Taylor and Nathan Kleinig scored 35 and 37 respectively to help Balnarring to 7/131 against Ballam Park.

However, it was not enough as the Knights replied with 5/135 in 39 overs with skipper Stuart Plunkett once again top scoring with 41. Dave Roach also hit 20 in the victory.

Carrum was it its best, smashing Carrum Downs.

The Lions won the toss and batted first on Saturday with Brett Moulton top scoring with 33, Dylan Steed hitting 31, Campbell Ak 28 and Hayden Moulton 27. They finished on 9/179. Chris Moloney bowled well for the Cougars, taking 4/51 from 10 overs.

In reply, the visitors were bowled out for 110 with Jordan Watters top scoring with 33 and David Dervan hitting 30. Troy Hollingsworth picked up 4/25 from 10 overs for the Lions while Lachy Dobson snared 3/19 from eight overs.

In the shock of the round, Frankston YCW belted Tootgarook.

The Stonecats batted first and made a healthy 6/174 with Jason Bedford top scoring with 72 and Levi McLoughin-Dore hitting 35. Todd Harnett picked-up 3/14 for the Frogs.

In reply, Tootgarook was bowled out for just 55 in 28 overs. Tony Abschinski top scored for Tootgarook with 10.

First published in the Mornington News – 17 January 2017