MOOROODUC have started the year on the right foot with a hard-fought win over Somerville.
Choosing to bat first, Moorooduc set their opponents a difficult target of 222 to chase down.
Opener Brenton Alp got the run chase off to a good start, scoring 60 runs. Number four batsman Bradley McDonald also contributed some runs to the scoreboard with a knock of 42.
Somerville took the game right down to the wire, but couldn’t get over the line. At the end of their forty overs they were at 9/215, seven runs short of a result and one wicket short of a win.
Pines managed to wrap up a narrow win on Saturday, just getting the better of Heatherhill.
Heatherhill were sent in to bat first and didn’t look convincing. They finished their innings at 8/135, giving Pines a good chance at claiming the win.
Ricky Ramsdale was the pick of the bowlers for Pines with figures of 4/24.
Pines’ run chase started poorly, with openers Damien Lawrence and Connor Jackson dismissed for scores of zero and three respectively.
First drop batsman Harley Peace-Stirling corrected course with a decent knock of 38, but Pines still had work ahead of them when he was dismissed at 5/66.
Harley Parker came in and scored 36 not out to help his side get over the line. Pines ended up scoring the winning runs with two wickets in hand.
At Belvedere Reserve, Flinders scored a big win over Seaford Tigers.
Shane Beggs opened the batting for Flinders and put together an impressive knock. His score of 78 put his side on the right track.
Flinders finished with an impressive total of 4/209. Seaford Tigers weren’t able to mount a competitive run chase, and ended up losing by 60 runs.
A 114 run opening stand between Nick Jewell and Pubudu Edirisinghe proved the difference at Ditterich Reserve. Long Island defeated Main Ridge by eight wickets with 12 overs left to play.
A MONUMENTAL collapse by Hastings cost them a win against Carrum on Saturday.
Carrum chose to bat first. They scored 6/148, with opener Shaun Foster contributing 46 runs to the total.
Hastings got off to a flyer, and at 1/102 were comfortably on their way to a win. First drop batsman Jake Hewitt was then run out for just six, and things went downhill from there.
Hastings lost 9/39 in a shocking display of batting. Four of their batsmen were run out.
After a devastating spell Hastings ended up all out for 141, eight runs short of victory.
Frankston YCW were also chasing 148 for a result on Saturday, but they had more luck in their clash with Crib Point.
Crib Point took to the crease to bat first at Peninsula Reserve. They scored 148 before their innings expired.
Opener Jack Greenwood was impressive for YCW. His score of 65 not out helped his side wrap up the win with six wickets left to spare.
An impressive innings of 81 from Dewayne Bowden helped Dromana to a comfortable win over Delacombe Park.
A top order collapse cost Delacombe Park dearly. They lost by 43 runs.
Pearcedale had a tough day at home against Rosebud, falling to defeat by five wickets.
Rosebud finished the job with 15 overs left in the day. Opener Scott Hayes was their best performer with a score of 65.
SEAFORD and Tootgarook faced in a hard-fought clash at Truemans Road Reserve on Saturday.
Opener Dil Pageni played well for Seaford, but he didn’t get much support from his top order partners. His score of 42 was his side’s best.
Seaford were bowled out for 138, giving Tootgarook a good opportunity to get the win.
Losing opener Travis French for a duck proved a big blow for Tootgarook. They chipped away at their target, but a slow run rate also worked against them.
At the end of their innings Tootgarook had 128 runs on the board, putting them 11 short of a win.
Matthew Roach’s five overs were impressive. He posted figures of 2/10.
A half century from Brenton Taylor helped Balnarring score a win over Mt Martha.
Balnarring finished their innings at 9/161. Matthew Pollock was good for Mt Martha, taking four wickets.
Outside of a knock of 58 from Jake Smart, Mt Martha’s batsmen struggled. They ended up losing by 32.
Tyabb’s bowling outfit performed well on Saturday to get their side a win over Carrum Downs.
Tyabb set their opponents 148 to chase down. Carrum Downs weren’t able to make an impact on the scoreboard, being bowled out 42 runs short of a result.
Boneo’s total of 102 was nowhere near enough to beat Rye, who chased that down in 22 overs.
Skye also fell to a big defeat at home on Saturday. Ballam Park bowled them out for 104, and chased down that target in 26 overs.
A BRILLIANT knock of 90 not out by Corey Harris got Sorrento over the line in a high-scoring clash against Mornington on Saturday.
Mornington came in to bat first on their home deck, and started well. Opener Brad Staff scored 87 to put his side on track for an impressive score. After making good starts in most of his matches this season, this is the first half century Staff has gone on to make.
At the end of their 40 overs, Mornington had made 7/226.
Sorrento had a mountain of work to do to get a result, but a 117 run opening stand was a dream start.
Harris carried his bat and proved the difference. His fantastic innings helped his side get the win by seven wickets, with three overs still left to play.
Baxter and Baden Powell’s match was a low-scoring affair, with Baxter bowling well to claim the points.
Baxter set their opponents an attainable target of 132 to chase down.
Baden Powell lost opener Harry Maxwell for a duck and weren’t able to recover. At one stage they lost three wickets for zero runs.
Baxter bowled out Baden Powell for 113 off 38 overs.
Wade Pelzer was man of the match for Peninsula Old Boys in their win over Red Hill.
With his side needing 115 to win, Pelzer showed his class. He scored 74 not out to get his side a comfortable eight wicket victory.
Langwarrin easily defeated Mt Eliza at home. The Kangaroos had to chase down just 85 to get the win.
Robbie Lancaster and Travis Campbell both posted figures of 3/12.