IT was a tough day for batsmen in ordinary conditions on Saturday in MPCA Provincial cricket.
The result was 16 wickets falling in the match between top teams Mt Eliza and Baxter.
Mt Eliza won the toss and elected to bat in the round three match at Emil Madsden Reserve but things went pear–shaped after the openers in Tim Clarke (30) and Chris Whisbey (16) went out.
Other than Brendan Jovic at 11, the Mt Eliza batsmen failed to get into double figures.
The likes of Justin Grant (4), Tim Stickland (5) and Keith Briggs (4) all failed with the bat and the home team was bowled out for just 111.
Chamika Sattambi made it 13 wickets in three matches after snaring 5/26 from 12.1 overs.
Ben Brittain bowled eight overs, had four maidens and took 2/16.
Baxter was certainly in the box seat going out to bat. However, at stumps, the visitors were reeling at 6/74.
Openers Shane McComb and Daniel Lanati were both dismissed with the score on five and Daniel Warwick fell for 13 when the score was on 26. Four runs later, Chris Brittain (10) was back in the sheds.
Todd Quinn (13) and Leigh Paterson (10) will resume not out this week while Ben Brittain is more than handy with the bat also.
One senses this one will go to the wire.
Jovic was the pick of the bowlers for the Redlegs with 4/20 from nine overs.
Pines has set Moorooduc 188 for victory after the home side survived 72 overs on Saturday.
Jeremy Weare returned for the Piners and had an immediate impact, opening with 30, while Pat Jackson contributed 28 batting at four. Rhys Chalkley (35) was also a significant contributor at seven.
Moorooduc skipper Leigh Lambert was the best of the bowlers with 5/41 from 18.2 overs.
In reply, the Ducs are 0/2.
Rye is once again in terrible shape, this time against Crib Point.
The Demons are staring at another outright loss after being bowled out for 67 in the first innings on Saturday at RJ Rowley Reserve.
Andrew Hitchener was again the Rye batsman to contribute on the scoreboard with 15, while Andrew Dunn scored 17.
Glen Barclay was sensational for the Magpies, picking up nine wickets. Brad Arnold prevented Barclay from picking up all 10.
The Magpies then put together a quick fire 6/106 with Luke Herrington smacking 55 and Ricky Thompson an unbeaten 24 before sending the Demons back into bat at the end of the day.
Rye will resume at 2/26, still 13 runs behind with eight wickets in hand.