HASTINGS pulled off a thrilling three run win against neighbour Tyabb in the fourth round of MPCA Sub District on Saturday.
After scoring 277 on the opening day of the clash with Luke Hewitt getting 71 and Nathan Hunt 59, the Blues’ bowlers needed to step up to the plate.
The game was in the balance all afternoon with Tyabb’s middle order not able to capitalise on solid starts and the Blues’ bowlers picking up wickets at important times.
However, with Tyabb opener Aidan Pateman scoring 106 at the top of the innings, the Yabbies were always in the contest.
Then, later in the afternoon, Matty Dimkos decided to add some spice to the clash, scoring an important 44 which almost got the Yabbies over the line. Jack Whitehouse’s 16 was also significant.
However, with just one over left in the game, Jake Hewitt ran out Sam Holland-Burch and helped the Blues record a three run win.
Ryan McNamara and Devlin Webb were the major contributors with the ball for the Blues.
Carrum Downs recorded an important victory against Frankston YCW.
The Stonecats resumed at 0/14, chasing 208 on the second day of the match. They were bowled out for 144.
Lai Leaunoa top scored for the Stonecats with 37 and Levi Lachlan-Dore opened with 24.
The day belonged to the Cougars’ bowlers with Chris Maloney taking 3/35, Ryan Lynch 3/16 and David Dervan 2/44.
Ballam Park kept its season alive, recording a strong victory over Dromana.
The Knights chased down Dromana’s target of 205 with five wickets and five overs in hand.
Skipper Stuart Plunkett top scored for the Knights with 61 and David Crosss hit 54, helping the home side to 5/211.
Balnarring threw everything at Skye to try and get an outright win but fell six wickets short.
Defending 6/294, Balnarring rolled Skye for 93 in the first innings and had them 3/92 in the second innings.
Brenton Taylor, Geoff Bradshaw, Nathan Kleinig and Tony Wilson all picked up two wickets in the first innings for the Saints while nine different bowlers were given a go in the second innings.
Tootgarook made light wok of Carrum, winning by more than 100 runs.
Defending 7/307, Tootgarook bowled-out the Lions for 194.
Josh Dent top scored for the Lions with 50 and Hayden Moulton scored 46, however, Matt Whelan capped off an outstanding match, taking 4/42 from 21 overs to go with his 128 runs.
Paul Stevenson claimed 3/48 from 17 overs.