BALNARRING’S season came alive in MPCA Sub District cricket on Saturday after it won outright against Skye.
The Saints started the match in sixth position and 20 points behind fourth place.
However, the outright win sent them to fifth place on the table, just one game behind Carrum Downs.
Balnarring bowled out Skye for 88 on day one before posting a quick fire 7/168.
Skye fared much better on day two and managed to score 161 with Rob Gruar top scoring with 71.
This left Balnarring 84 for victory.
Ben King hit 45 to help the Saints to 3/91 and to an outright victory.
Frankston YCW was the big casualty on Saturday, convincingly beaten by Carrum Downs.
Defending 187, the Cougars bowled out the Stonecats for just 100.
Jack Greenwood was the only shining light for the visitors with 31 while Sammy Preston was unbeaten on 15.
Chris Maloney was the pick of the Cougars bowlers with 4/30 while Stuart Swift took his season’s tally to 23 wickets after picking-up 3/32.
Dromana headed into day two of its match against Ballam Park chock full of confidence, defending a season-high 194.
However, it proved to be 70 runs short of what they needed, the home side finishing on 9/252.
Matthew Moore top scored for the Knights with 57 while Zac Clements hit 40.
Zac Klan was the best of the Hoppers’ bowlers with 3/65.
Pearcedale dropped back to the pack after going down to Tyabb.
Set 153 for victory, the Panthers went agonisingly close, falling short by two runs (151).
Gavin Moore top scored with 47, Chris Dew hit 35 and Kaine Smith made 29, however, no other batsmen fired a shot. Three batsmen were out for ducks.
Ben Raeside was the match winner for the Yabbies, picking up 7/42 from 17 overs.
The Panthers are still on top of the ladder, however, are now equal with second placed Tootgarook and third placed Rosebud.
The Tooters smashed Rosebud on Saturday, rolling the visitors for just 86.
Defending 9/226, the Frogs made light work of the Buds, despite 38 from Paul Cashin.
Tootgarook sent the Buds back in in search of an outright victory, however, called it quits after the Buds got to 2/61.