Saints start with two wins



By IT Gully

BALNARRING sits at the top of the MPCA Sub District ladder after recording its second win of the season on Saturday against Tyabb.

Boneo and Ballam Park are also unbeaten after two rounds, winning their matches against Dromana and Carrum respectively.

The Saints made light work of Tyabb on Saturday, smashing them by more than 100 runs.

The visitors batted first and made 5/183, Nathan Kleinig opening with 72, while Mark Walles and skipper Mal Coutts each hit 32.

In reply, the Yabbies started alright but lost 9/39 to be bowled out for 89.

Ben King was superb for the Saints with 5/17 from eight overs while Coutts snared 3/14 from six overs.

Dromana was put to the sword by Boneo, losing by seven wickets.

The Hoppers batted first and made just 114 in 40 overs, Kierran Voelkl top scoring with 34 and Ben Bradley-Bridge hitting 33.

Chris Jobling, skipper Leigh Janssen, Ryan Jellie and Cam Williams all picked up two wickets each for Boneo.

With the bat, the Pandas dominated, hitting the winning runs with 11 overs and seven wickets to spare. Jack Beale top scored with 52, including 10 fours.

Ballam Park had to fight hard against Carrum but got the result they were looking for.

Carrum batted first on its own deck and made 9/179, Corey Hand top scoring with 56.

In reply, the Knights scored the winning runs in the final over.

Justin Moore top scored for the Knights with 54 and Stuart Plunkett hit 52, while Steve Worthington opened with 36.

Carrum Downs beat Skye in a close one.

Adam Mikkelsen blasted an unbeaten 81 for the Cougars and skipper Ryan Lynch hit 65 to help their team to 8/185.

Skye had a crack in the chase but things were made difficult after they lost both openers for a duck.

Skipper Anthony Craddock top scored with 42, Darcy Merlo hit 37 and Scott Hudson 33, however, the home side was bowled out for 166.

Frankston YCW got the chocolates against Tootgarook.

The Frogs batted first and were bowled out for 127 in 38 overs, Nathan Swift making a name for himself, snaring 5/26 for the Stonecats.

In reply, the Stonecats made tough work of it but got the winning runs in the final over, scoring 9/130.

Joe Gotts top scored with 39 and Matt Black and Callum Bradford-Briggs each scored 25 runs in the win.

Jacob Long was the pick of the Tootgarook bowlers with 3/21.

First published in the Mornington News – 17 November 2017


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