Braves, Reds go down to the wire

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Picture: Andrew Hurst

By Mr & Mrs IT Gully

BADEN Powell will play in the MPCA District grand final after a thrilling last over win against Mt Martha.

Baden Powell was shaken up after two players pulled out due to injury before the match. Things were made even worse when skipper Craig Entwistle injured a calf and was forced to bat with a runner, however, with one over to spare Baden Powell was able to pick up victory and advance to the grand final.

The Braves resumed day two on their home turf at 0/2 chasing Mt Martha’s first innings total of 155. The Reds needed to get away to a good start and they did so with an opening partnership of 47 before Ryan Godwin was out for 34. After the good start the Reds lost 3/17, putting them on the back foot until Brett Wilkinson hit 30, Simon Street 22 and a wag of the tail got the Reds to their 155 total.

Craig Entwistle lead the charge with the ball for the Braves with 4/45 off 20 overs, while Michael Ballard helped himself 2/26 off 14 overs.

Heatherhill will play in the 2017/18 MPCA District grand final after comfortably beating Seaford in the semi final.

Set 161 to win, Seaford was rolled for 120 after Jake Theobold ripped through their innings with six wickets. Chris Cleef top scored for Seaford with 55.

Heatherhill left themselves in the box seat to progress to the MPCA District grand final after a pretty good opening day.

At stumps on day one, Seaford were left with 120 runs required for victory with just six wickets in hand.

Despite the fact there was still some batting to come, the Hills did have the support of scoreboard pressure after scoring 160. Heatherhill’s opening pair of Sam Mullavey and Steven O’Donnell scored just 33 with Mullavey outed for just eight. O’Donnell went on to make 52 and Kristian Miller hit 32 to provide the backbone of the Hills innings. Unfortunately for the Hills they lost their last seven wickets for 50 runs.

This was largely due to the bowling performance of Dale Christie who snared 5/44 from 14.5 overs for Seaford.

First published in the Mornington News – 20 March 2018

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