AN extraordinary batting collapse by Main Ridge has allowed Baden Powell to claim an easy victory at Overport Park on Saturday.
Main Ridge kicked things off with a decent start, and were sitting comfortable at 2/53 before things went wrong. They went on to lose 5 wickets for their next 7 runs, and stumbled their way to a final total of all out for 86.
Luke Long was easily the pick of the bowlers, taking a brilliant 3/11 off 8 overs.
Main Ridge’s defence of their small total got off to a dream start as Daniel Polson claimed the wicket of dangerous opener Coen Chernishoff for a duck. Baden Powell quickly fell to 2/4, before their middle order steadied things and helped guide them to the win.
Josh Waldron was Baden Powell’s best batsman, smashing two sixes on his way to a well taken 51.
Somerville took on Crib Point at home, but bad weather saw the match abandoned and ruled a draw. Pines and Long Island also had their game called off due to the poor weather.
MT MARTHA have clawed back from a tough start to chase down Hastings at Thomas Barclay Oval.
Hastings were sitting comfortably at 2/93 before a middle order collapse left them at 5/122 by the end of their innings.
Mt Martha’s run chase was off to a very rocky start when their openers fell for just four runs between them. Languishing at 2/7, Mt Martha needed their middle order to stand up tall. Simon Street’s serviceable 32 was handy as Mt Martha went to 3/74, before things went pear-shaped again and they fell to 7/82.
With their backs against the wall, Rhys Whitling stood tall as a tail ender to put together 25 not out and guide his side to a win.
At Bruce Park, Heatherhill won the toss and sent in Delacombe Park to bat first.
Jake Theobald had a win early when he took the wicket of the dangerous Jonathan Guthrie for just one run, as Delacombe’s openers fell for just 17.
Joel Malcolm came in at number 4 and dug his side out of a dangerous hole, as he scored 57 runs and remained not out as his side finished at 9/124.
Heatherhill were put on the back foot early on in their innings, and were struggling badly at 4/26.
They have Kieran Lenehan to thank for their miraculous recovery, as he carried his side with 69 not out to drag them back into contention.
With just two wickets in hand, Heatherhill chased down their target and claimed the win.
At Kanakook Reserve, Joshua Shaw helped his Carrum side get one up on Seaford by taking a remarkable 5/10 off 5 overs.
His stunning spell of bowling saw Seaford end up all out for a measly 94, which Carrum chased down with ease.
John Mitchell was the pick of their batsmen, carrying his bat with a handy 48 not out. Carrum claimed an 8 wicket win.
The last District match this Saturday saw the Seaford Tigers work hard to chase down a decent Rosebud total.
A useful knock of 46 not out by Patrick Nagel helped Rosebud set a total of 133 for the Tigers to chase down.
After a rocky opening partnership Jake Harrington’s knock of 42 settled the Tigers down.
They cut it close, but the Tigers eventually chased their target down with two wickets in hand.
BONEO have just held on at home to defend a mammoth total against Tyabb.
Boneo’s scorecard shows the depth of their quality, as most batsmen contributed well to their total of 175.
Cameron Williams came in among the table and top scored for Boneo with a well taken 38 not out, including 3 sixes and a four.
Chasing 176 to win, Tyabb would have their work cut out for them. Things started poorly when they quickly lost their first wicket for just 6 runs.
Trent Delaney and Michael Edwards combined for a handy 51 run partnership to put their side back in contention, but once they fell Tyabb were left at 4/69 and in need of a hero.
Aiden Pateman stood tall in the middle order with a brilliant knock of 61, but once he fell with his side still 22 runs short of a win, the tail order were going to struggle.
The tail could not score quickly enough, as Hastings fell an agonising 4 runs short of a win.
At RJ Rowley Reserve, Skye won the toss and sent Rye in to bat.
Rye set a tough target of 134 for Skye to chase down, and the chase would prove to be thrilling.
Skye battled hard and eventually reached the target with just one wicket in hand, claiming a stunning hard fought win.
At Peninsula Reserve, a good opening knock of 38 by Jedd Savage could not help Dromana from getting thumped by Frankston YCW.
Dromana battled hard to keep the run rate down, as Dromana could only manage to notch 92 runs.
YCW wasted no time in getting the job done, reaching the target with 17 overs to spare.
Balnarring’s clash with Carrum Downs was abandoned due to poor weather conditions.
Tootgarook had a bye.
PEARCEDALE have struggled to make an impact against Baxter in Provincial cricket this Saturday.
Pearcedale were left badly bruised and battered at 6/59, before a badly needed innings of 46 runs from Kaine Smith helped them to a final total of 9/117.
The total would prove to be difficult to defend, and Baxter worked hard to keep the runs ticking over. Baxter eventually ended up getting over the line with 4 overs and 5 wickets to spare,
Sorrento’s long road trip to Lloyd Park to take on Langwarrin lacked reward, as they struggled with bat in hand and could not defend a low total.
Robert Wilson and Leigh Poholke were best with the bat for the Sharks, but could do little to help their teammates. Sorrento ended up setting a target of 113 for Langwarrin to chase.
Langwarrin opened their innings with conviction and sent a statement to the rest of the competition, as opener Thomas Hussey carried his bat with a score of 69.
Langwarrin had little trouble as they passed their target with nearly 14 overs to spare and 8 wickets in hand.
At Emil Madsen Reserve, Peninsula Old Boys dominated Mt Eliza in emphatic fashion.
The Redlegs won the toss and unwisely chose to bat first, as their top order was torn through.
Mt Eliza finished up making a total of 94 runs.
OB wasted no time in chasing that down, earning an early shower by passing 94 in just 14 overs.
Dylan O’Malley was a star smashing six stunning sixes as he raised the bat for a half century,
Alexandra Park played host to a clinical performance from home team Mornington, as they put Flinders to the sword.
Ben Clements made the game his own, as he came in to bat at number 3 and put together a stunning knock. He earned a hard fought century, smacking 10 fours and finishing not out. Mornington finished at 3/219.
Flinders couldn’t get close to their opponent’s lofty run rate, as they finished up well short of the target at 5/115.