SOMERVILLE and Pines finished all square after an epic encounter on Saturday.
After losing the toss, Somerville were sent in to bat first. Good knocks from opener Craig Black and number four Bradley McDonald helped guide the side to a final total of 143.
Pines’ run chase started poorly, with usually reliable openers Damien Lawrence and Ricky Ramsdale dismissed for scores of 11 and zero respectively.
Harley Peace-Stirling came in after the openers and got things back on track. After a duck in his innings last week against Flinders, Peace-Stirling was out to make amends. The first drop batsman blasted 66 runs.
Unfortunately for Peace-Stirling, wickets kept falling around him. At 7/100, Pines looked in deep trouble.
A decent late partnership between Peace-Stirling and Patrick Jackson pushed Pines to 8/137 heading into the closing stages of the match. Pines were able to put six more runs on the board, ending at 9/143 at the end of their 40 overs. The teams shared the points.
At Bruce Park, Heatherhill bowled well to defend their total of 140 against Seaford Tigers.
Moorooduc joined the winner’s list on Saturday with a victory over Main Ridge. Opener Benjamin Williams set them up for a win with a knock of 69 runs.
Long Island easily defeated Flinders by nine wickets at Ballam Park East.
HASTINGS got the win in a final ball thriller on Saturday.
They tackled Rosebud at Hastings Park. Rosebud chose to bat first, and got off to a good start.
Rosebud got to 1/99 before wickets started falling. They finished at 8/138 off their 40 overs.
A patient half century from Scott Hayes was the highlight of Rosebud’s innings.
Hastings were able to score at a steady rate to keep victory within reach. Luke, Jake, and Sean Hewitt were the side’s top scorers.
The game came down to the final delivery. Hastings were able to hold their nerve to hit the winning runs and claim a hard-fought victory.
A fantastic unbeaten century from Mark Cooper got Carrum a big win over Dromana.
Cooper carried his bat through a brilliant innings. Carrum ended up setting Dromana 205 runs to win.
Both Dromana openers fell for less than five runs, putting their run chase in jeopardy right from the beginning. Adam Ciavarella and Kierran Voelkl came in and combined for 92 runs, but their efforts were not enough to drag Dromana to victory. Their side ended up losing by 32 runs.
Crib Point defeated Pearcedale by seven wickets on Saturday, while Delacombe Park bowled out Frankston YCW to claim a 25 run win.
SEAFORD notched up a well-earned win over Balnarring on Saturday.
Balnarring chose to bat first, and put a competitive total of 157 on the board. That total would have been higher if not for the bowling efforts of Matthew Roach, who took 1/5 off five overs.
Seaford proved up to the task, and hit the winning runs with five wickets in hand and three overs left to play.
Ryan McQueen’s half century made a big difference for the winning side.
Boneo had a tough day at home, failing in their run chase against Ballam Park.
Ballam Park set Boneo a target of 155 to chase down to win. Boneo got off to a decent start, and at 2/49 looked in a good position to go on to win. A middle order collapse cost them badly though, and they ended up all out for 100.
Skye’s total of 122 wasn’t enough to win against Rye. Jahanzaid Athar’s half century couldn’t get Skye over the line. They lost by five wickets.
Around the grounds, Carrum Downs defeated Tootgarook by eight wickets at Truemans Road Reserve, while Tyabb comfortably defeated Mt Martha at Ferrero Reserve.
BADEN Powell bowled well to defeat Sorrento at David Macfarlane Reserve on Saturday.
A quickfire knock of 47 off 36 from opener Beau Anthony set Baden Powell up. They finished their innings at 8/149.
A disastrous middle order collapse cost Sorrento a chance at a win. First drop batsman Robert Wilson watched as six of his batting partners were dismissed for single digits.
Wilson’s wicket was the last to fall. His half century wasn’t enough to get his side the win. Sorrento were bowled out for 112 off 29 overs.
A brilliant innings by Wade Pelzer proved the difference in Peninsula OB’s clash against Mornington.
Pelzer scored 83 runs to help get his side to a final total of 180. Mornington struggled with a low run rate, and ended up finishing their 40 overs at 9/132.
A half century from Sam Glenn got Mt Eliza the win over Red Hill at Emil Madsen Reserve.
Langwarrin got a good win at home on Saturday, easily chasing down Baxter’s total of 76.