HEATHERHILL have batted strongly on the first day of their two dayer against Carrum to set their opponents a daunting total to chase.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat, Heatherhill started shakily and lost their first wicket for just 11.
Kieran Miller was waiting at first drop to come in, and he did all the damage. Miller put together brilliant innings of 93 runs before being bowled by Hand, and helped his side post a mammoth total of 9/285 before declaring with an over left to play.
Carrum defended out their lone over for the day without loss of wicket.
At Olympic Park, Rosebud have put themselves in a competitive position against Delacombe Park.
The Bud’s middle order all put together decent performances to help their side along to a respectable total of 184.
After Rosebud were bowled out, Delacombe Park were made to bat for four short overs. They played it safe and ended the day at 0/2, needed 183 more to claim the first innings.
Seaford look as though they will defend their first innings total of 152 after getting off to a strong start when bowling against Mt Martha.
Seaford put together a decent total of 152 before being bowled out. Michael Clavin was brilliant from his 15 overs, taking 5/29 to restrict Seaford to the relatively tame total.
Mt Martha’s batsmen failed to capitalise on their good chance to win though, as they collapsed to a paltry 4/49 at the close of play.
Seaford Tigers also struggled against their Hastings opponents, with David James top scoring by adding 42 to a total of 132.
Malith Chathuranga tore through the middle order and tail, claiming a 5 wicket haul.
Hastings’ run chase started well, and the ended the day at 1/53.
MOOROODUC have struggled badly to post a poor total of 86 off 44 overs against Main Ridge.
Moorooduc’s top order fell for next to nothing, as all Main Ridge bowlers worked hard together to wipe out their opponents. Daniel Polson was the pick of the players with ball in hand, taking a well deserved 3/17.
Main Ridge surpassed Moorooduc to claim the first innings, but did it without conviction or really capitalising on their opponent’s struggles.
Ridge ended the day at 8/139 off 36 overs, having struggled to deal with the bowling of Reece Cordeaux. He took six wickets before the close of play.
At Somerville Reserve, Pines have battled hard to post a respectable total against the home side.
Strong consistent middle order performances for the Pines saw them finish up all out for 189, a defendable effort.
Grant Humphrey’s innings of 43 batting at number 7 helped his side greatly.
Somerville lost an early wicket before the close of play, finishing on 1/14 heading into the second day.
Long Island have Pubudu Edirisinghe to thank for the fact they built a respectable total, as his dominant knock of 83 helped his side to a final total of 165 all out.
Michael Ballard was the pick of the bowlers for their Baden Powell opponents. He claimed the prize wicket of Edirisinghe on his way to a five wicket haul.
Baden Powell’s chase hit a speed bump when that lost opener Shannon Small for just 10, and they finished up at 1/10 off 15 overs.
Crib Point will have to work hard to defend their total of 168 in their second day of play against Red Hill.
Brent Martin helped to restrict the run rate, as he bowled 17 maidens and took 4 wickets from his 35 overs.
Red Hill faced one over before stumps, and ended up at 0/1.
TYABB have got things started on a disastrous note in their run chase against Skye.
Chasing 154 to claim the first innings, the Yabbies lost two early wickets from their 10 overs at the crease.
Opener Aaron Edwards remains not out, but Tyabb have their work cut out for them at 2/12.
At RJ Rowley Reserve, Rye have made a meal of what seemed to be an easy run chase against Tootgarook.
Tootgarook looked to be on their way to a decent total at 1/38. But things quickly went pear shaped.
A collapse from their tail proved to make the most damage, as their final five batsmen combined for just two runs.
Chasing 110 to win Tyabb looked in the box seat, before an inspired bowling performance from Jacob Long made things interesting. Long took an astonishing 8 wickets as Tyabb finished the day at 9/73. With just one wicket in hand, they will need a miracle on day two to claim the win.
Carrum Downs performed well in their home match against Dromana, batting out the afternoon at a casual pace and ending the day at 8/181 off their 80 overs.
Jayden Parker was dangerous with ball in hand for Dromana, posting figures of 6/76 off his 31 overs.
The final match for Saturday saw Boneo open up a big advantage over Frankston YCW, with opener Chris Jobling doing the damage.
Jobling smashed 10 fours and 2 sixes on his way to a marvellous century.
Despite Jobling’s heroics his top order let him down. They posted scores of 4, 7, 5, 0, 5, and 8.
Jobling ended up being the last man dismissed, as Boneo finished their 80 overs at 8/199.
Balnarring have a bye.
BAXTER look to have an easy task ahead of them to chase down Peninsula Old Boys’ total of 106 runs in their two day clash.
Thomas La Brooy is the only OB player who can hold his head high, as he top scored with a knock of 53 not out.
Things looked particularly nasty before his innings saving stint, as he came in with his side at 4/5 .
Baxter’s run chase hit a speed bump early as they lost both their openers, and will continue next week from 2/24.
Sorrento also look to be on track to chase down their total when the second day of play rolls around, as Pearcedale set them 141 for victory.
Pearcedale were bowled out with 30 overs left to spare, giving the Sharks plenty of time to make a dent in their total before stumps.
Sorrento lost their first wicket for just 4 runs, but got things back on track to finish the day well at 2/55.
Emil Madsen Reserve played host to Mt Eliza and Mornington in the first of their two day clash, as the Bulldogs won the toss and elected to bat first. With their innings not off to the most encouraging start at 2/48, Ben Clements came in to stamp his authority on the game.
Clements’ knock of 85 set his side up for a big total of all out for 216. He put away 13 fours on his way to the near century.
Langwarrin also put together a great all round team performance to post a strong total against their Flinders opponents.
A 55 run stand from their openers set things up for a good score, as Langwarrin batted out the afternoon and finished up at 8/201.