Hastings Blues bats fail – again



HASTINGS have once again failed with the bat, this time against Carrum in round eight of MPCA Sub District.

The Blues’ bowlers have been able to get their team out of trouble for the most part this season and it appears that it is going to be the case again in this match.

Hastings were bowled out for just 149 on Saturday against the Lions after cruising at 2/114 at one stage.

Mitchell Floyd was superb at three with 41 runs, Robbie Hearn got started for 31 and AJ Wilson opened with 29 to give the Blues the ideal start.

However, the middle order offered nothing and there was no wag in the tail, which saw the Blues lose 8/35.

Brett Moulton was on fire for Carrum, taking 7/42 from 15 overs, including five maidens. Lachy Dobson helped himself to 2/30 from 11.2 overs.

The Blues’ bowlers were able to get their side back in the game, however, picking up 2/7 in the final 13 overs of the day.

When Dromana bowled out Carrum Downs for just 135, they would have been very confident of picking up the all-important 12 points.

However, wind the clock forward 18 overs and the Hoppers are in a world of pain at 7/35.

David Dervan (3/22) and Michael Flahive (3/9) ripped through the visitors’ batting line up to have them in all sorts.

Earlier, Jye Voelkl ripped through the Cougars with 6/34 from 19 overs. Adam Mikkelsen top scored for Carrum Downs with 41 and Joel Williams hit 29.

The match between Balnarring and Tootgarook should be a ripper after Brent Murdoch single handedly got his side to a winnable total of 217.

The Saints batted first and the skipper Murdoch made 95, while Michael Thompson with 39 and Glenn Newitt with 36 were the only other bats to offer any support.

AJ King was the pick of the Frogs’ bowlers with 3/30 from 14 overs whole Matt Whelan claimed 2/39 from 19. The Frogs are 0/6 in reply.

Ballam Park has its work cut out to get the 9/270 set by Tyabb. Stuart Plunkett was at his best with the ball for the Knights with 7/92 from 34 overs, however, he’ll need to score a ton with the bat for his side to win.

First published in the Mornington News – 24 January 2017


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