Merifield blasts an impressive ton



RED Hill started its 2016-17 District season in fine fashion, making light work of Boneo.

The Hillmen batted first after winning the toss and scored 4/205, thanks largely to Matthew Merifield, who blasted the only ton of the round – 114.

Recruit Carl Robinson scored 23 on debut, as did Simon Dart. Robinson also took 1/31 from seven overs.

In reply, the Pandas could put together only 7/136 from its 40 overs.

Dart was superb opening the bowling, claiming 3/14 from five overs, while Glenn Collett was superb also with 1/20 from 10 overs with the new pill.

Flinders got its MPCA District season away to a flier on Saturday with a convincing 100-run win against Seaford.

Batting first, the Sharks put together a formidable total in its 40 overs, scoring 7/214.

Mitch Stansborough top scored for the visitors with 84, which included four fours and two sixes, while Brad Hogan-Keogh was just as convincing with 56. The pair took the Sharks from 3/68 to 4/164.

Dil Pageni was the pick of the Seaford bowlers with 3/57.

In reply, Seaford could muster just 9/104 from 40 overs. Sushant Gupta top scored for Seaford with 26 while Nick Simpendorfer hit 24.

Dwayne Field was at his evergreen best for the Sharks with 3/15 from 10 overs.

Former Pines premiership captain-coach Ricky Ramsdale enjoyed his first win with his new club Delacombe Park, beating Main Ridge.

The Ridge were sent into bat and didn’t make the most of the small Parkers’ ground, scoring 5/174.

Matt Chasemore top scored for the Ridge with 48, recruit Shaun Foster hit 39 and Michael Holmes scored 32.

In reply, Jon Guthrie opened with 55 for the Parkers, Joel Malcolm contributed 39 and Travis O’Donnell hit 30.

The home side picked-up the winning runs, seven wickets down and with more than three overs to spare.

Rosebud picked-up the 12 points against Mt Martha.

The Reds batted first and scrambled to 8/139, Brett Wilkinson top scoring with 44 and skipper Mitchel Darville hitting 35.

Billy Quigley was the best of the Rosebud bowlers with 2/50 off 10 overs.

In reply, Rosebud lost just four wickets on their way to the win in the 38th over.

Jason Nagel opened with 38 for the Buds, while fellow opener Matt Maher scored 34.

Michael Clavin was the best of the Mt Martha bowlers with 2/16 off 10 overs.

Rye started the new season the way it finished the last, with a loss to Seaford Tigers.

The Demons scored 8/120 from its 40 overs, Beau Suffern top scoring with 32, while recruit Jarrod Saw debuted with 26.

Ash Mills was the best of the Tigers’ bowlers, claiming three wickets.

The Tigers reeled in the runs with nine overs to spare. Anthony Joel opened with 47 and Jon Plakourakis hit 24.

Baden Powell smacked Heatherhill, winning with five overs to spare.

The Braves batted first and hit a modest 9/136. Travis Kellerman top scored with 41.

Jason Hinde was the best of the Hills’ bowlers with 4/25.

In reply, the Hills were rolled for 84. Rhys Elmi was superb with the ball with 6/31 from 10 overs.

First published in the Mornington News – 11 October 2016


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