HASTINGS are sure to finish on top of the MPCA Sub Distrct ladder after smashing 9/318 against second place Ballam Park on Saturday.
The Blues’ brothers Luke and Jake Hewitt dominated, Luke falling short of triple figures by just one run after running out of overs.
Luke finished on 99 after 80 overs while younger brother Jake hit eight fours in his total of 64.
Rob Hearn contributed 45 and Ash Cole hit 48 to help the Blues well over 300.
Knights’ skipper Stuart Plunkett bowled 40 overs for a return of 2/121, while David Cross bowled 25 overs for a return of 1/102. Zac Clements snared 2/22 from seven overs.
Plunkett and Cross will need to do it all with the bat this week again if the Knights are any chance of winning.
YCW is in the box seat to end Carrum’s run at the finals. The Stonecats, in third place on the ladder on 66 points while the Lions are one of three teams on 54 points, rolled the visitors for 132 on Saturday.
Skipper Andrew Kitson led from the front with 4/33 from 19 overs while Jack Butland snared 3/47 from 19 overs.
Brett Moulton top scored for the Lions with 42.
Tootgarook has also halted Carrum Downs’ run at the finals after Matt Whelan smacked a huge 155 to help his side to 7/326. The evergreen Jason Lane also wound back the clock and scored 70 to help the Frogs to the massive total.
The Cougars are one of three teams on 42 points and a game outside fourth. They won’t get 327 to keep their season alive.
Tyabb are in a strong position to hold its fourth place after rolling Balnarring for 147.
Nathan Hudgson was superb for the Yabbies with the ball, taking 5/61 from 20 overs, while Joel Wylie and Brad Fly picked up two wickets each.
Tyabb are 2/59 in reply.
Dromana are just 17 runs away from victory with six wickets in hand against Skye.
The Hoppers bowled out Skye for 109 and then replied with 4/92 before stumps.
Craig Dunlop was on fire for the Hoppers, taking 6/33 from 18 overs.