ONE day cricket has returned to MPCA after the Christmas break with a bang, with some big scores bringing in the new year.
Long Island kicked things off positively, with opener Aaron Paxton batting brilliantly to put together an innings of 89 runs.
Paxton was eventually dismissed, but number 4 batsman Michael Burke followed up with a well taken 65.
Long Island finished up at a total of 5/203 at the end of their 40 overs.
Crib Point put together a decent total in their run chase, but eventually fell sort. They finished at 7/179 off their 40 overs.
Shayne Gillings was Long Island’s best with ball in hand, posting figures of 3/36.
At Red Hill’s home ground, they hosted Main Ridge.
Red Hill won the toss and chose to bat first, with opener Riley Shaw top scoring with 49 runs. His innings came off 80 deliveries, setting the tone for a slow paced innings for Red Hill. They finished at 7/174.
Main Ridge capitalised on the plodding pace of their opponents, getting off the mark quickly and racing to their target within 28 overs.
Michael Holmes top scored with 58.
At Moorooduc Rec Reserve, Pines were the better side as they took on Moorooduc.
Pines chose to bat first and put together a good team performance. Each of their top five batsmen reached double digits and contributed well.
They finished at 8/181, setting Moorooduc an achievable total to chase.
Losing opener Rashimal Mendis for just 1 set the tone for Moorooduc’s innings, as they struggled badly and ended up all out for 113. They were left all out with just three overs remaining, with their run rate well below what was required as well.
Pines will be proud of how they operated as a team, with each of the six men who bowled for them taking a wicket. Connor Jackson was their best, taking 3/20.
Baden Powell recovered from a shaky start to claim a win over Somerville.
Rhys Elmi’s innings of 64 not out helped his side to 7/173, which was narrowly defended.
Jayde Herrick started brilliantly for Somerville with a half century betting as opener. Once he was dismissed things soon went downhill, as his side lost 4/14 in a short space of time.
They finished up running out of batsmen, all out for 150.
AN 86 run opening stand from Delacombe Park has been enough to see off Carrum.
Nicholas Christides top scored with 49 as Delacombe Park batted first.
After their opening stand was broken, Carrum started to find their feet. Delacombe Park went from 0/86 to 8/115. They finished all out for 154.
Cory Foster played brilliantly with ball in hand, claiming a stunning 5/16 off 8 overs.
Carrum could not return serve however as all of Delacombe Park’s bowlers performed well. Carrum ended up all out off the last ball of their innings, finishing at 136.
At Olympic Park, Mt Martha have struggled against a professional Rosebud outfit,
Mt Martha opened and found things difficult at times, finishing at 8/154.
Brett Godwin top scored with 47 runs coming in at number 6.
Rosebud initially looked shaky and lost their first wicket for 7 runs, but quickly steadied and reached their target with five overs to spare and five wickets in hand.
At Belvedere Reserve, the Seaford derby ended up as a fizzer, with Seaford batting first and being dismissed for a poor 93 off 26 overs.
The Seaford Tigers made short work of their target, finishing at 3/95 with 13 overs left to play.
The final district game for the day saw Hastings push over Heatherhill with ease.
Hastings lost the toss and were sent in to bat, but showed no signs they were rattled. They finished their innings at an impressive 5/213.
Heatherhill’s chase was hindered by the loss of early wickets, as they were left battered and bruised at 3/13. They recovered slightly but still fell well short of their target, all out for 138.
SKYE have been defeated with ease by Boneo in a one sided one day clash at home on Saturday.
Boneo chose to bat first, and kept up a decent pace. In the final over of their innings they saw their final wicket fall, as they ended up all out for 166.
That total ended up being more than plenty, as Skye were wiped out in emphatic fashion. Their top run scorer scored just 11, as they ended up all out for 52 runs.
Things fared a little better for Tootgarook, as they batted first away from home and posted a total of 163 all out against Carrum Downs.
Carrum Downs will have been delighted by their start to their run chase, as they went nearly 70 runs before loss of their first wicket.
Carrum Downs finished up reaching their target with just 3 overs to play and five wickets in hand.
Balnarring had little hope of chasing down the Stonecats’ huge total, as they set 211 to win at Balnarring Reserve.
YCW opened and Stuart Plunkett was first cab off the rank. He batted brilliantly to get to 89 before his dismissal.
Balnarring did their best but fell well short, all out for 133.
A good contest unfolded between Dromana and Tyabb ay Bunguyan Reserve.
Dromana batted first and were decent, but scored at a slow rate. Their innings expired as they stood at 8/132.
Tyabb’s chase started well as they were flying at 0/50, but they lost four quick wickets after that.
With plenty of wickets in hand, getting dismissed was never the danger for Tyabb, but they also scored slowly. They ended up reaching their target with 2 overs left.
Rye had a bye.
BAXTER have batted well to claim a thrilling win over Flinders in the most exciting matchup of the weekend.
Flinders chose to bat first at Greg Beck Oval and lost their first wicket for only 9 runs.
Both Flinders openers fell without impact but number 3 Blake Hogan-Keogh steadied things with a well taken 43.
Shane Beggs later came in to play a huge part, scoring 57 not out to set his side up very well. They finished up at 4/174.
Baxter’s innings initially looked a little disappointing, before Dale Irving came in and stood his ground for a while. He top scored for his side with 44 to keep them in with a chance, as he batted alongside the tail with wickets falling around him.
Irving ended up falling but had done just enough, as the winning runs were hit for Baxter with just one wicket in hand and three deliveries left to face.
Shane Beggs was also pick of the bowlers for Flinders, taking three.
At Pearcedale’s home ground they were easily defeated by Peninsula Old Boys after setting an average total of 143.
Peninsula OB chased down their target without much trouble, claiming the win with 13 overs left to spare and 7 wickets in hand.
At David Macfarlane Reserve, Mornington’s big road trip to play Sorrento proved fruitful as they were sent in to bat first and scored an impressive 200.
Benjamin Clements and Brad McDonald both passed half centuries for the Bulldogs.
Sorrento were respectable but ultimately fell well short, as they finished all out for 164 with their run rate also not where it needed to be.
Leigh Poholke was top scorer with 45 runs.
A slow scoring game between Mt Eliza and Langwarrin ended up with Langwarrin on top.
Lloyd Park played host to the two sides at the Redlegs batted first and ended at 117 off 40 overs.
Langwarrin took their time in chasing and eventually claimed the win by reaching their target with a little over 4 overs to play.