Tight tussle for Frogs, Yabbies



AN amazing 18 wickets fell in the MPCA Sub District match between Tootgarook and Tyabb on the opening day on Saturday.

After 80 overs of play, there isn’t a clear-cut favourite to win the match.

Tootgarook are 30 runs ahead with two wickets in hand.

The Yabbies will be looking for quick wickets on day two, then looking to score quick runs to give themselves a chance to bowl out the home side to record a reverse outright win.

The Frogs are in the box seat though after bowling out the Yabbies for 51. Stephen Brain was superb with the ball for the home side with 4/20, while AJ King and Matt Whelan claimed two wickets each.

In reply, the Frogs are 8/81 with Jason Lane and King at the crease. At one stage Tootgarook was 6/46.

Frankston YCW and Balnarring are both doing everything they can to lose their clash too.

The Saints were bowled out for 119 with Andrew Dowey top scoring with 29, Pete Mereszko scoring 26 and Brent Murdock 25. Brett Hudgson and Jack Butland were the pick of the Stonecats’ bowlers with three wickets each.

In reply, YCW is in some early trouble at 2/15.

Hastings looks to be coasting to victory against Dromana.

The Hoppers batted first and were bowled out for 149, Zac Clan top scoring with 48. Mitch Floyd snared 3/23 for the Blues and Luke Hewitt, Ryan McNamara and Nathan Hunt took two wickets each.

In reply, the Blues are 2/68, Rob Hearn unbeaten on 34, while Floyd was out late in the day for 27.

Carrum Downs have a lot of work to do to beat Ballam Park.

The Knights batted first and whipped up 245, Stuart Plunkett top scoring with 67 and David Cross hit 65, while Zac Pedderson opened with 31.

David Dervan was the best of the Cougars’ bowlers with 4/78, while Jordy Watters and Chris Maloney took 2/30 and 2/45 respectively.

Skye has set Carrum 155 for victory in their match at Roy Dore Reserve.

Scott Hudson top scored for Skye with 59, while Clint Donohue opened with 26.

Brett Moulton was the star with the ball, helping himself to 5/66 off 34 overs.

First published in the Mornington News – 7 February 2017


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