AN unbeaten century from Simon Dart was the difference between Red Hill and Old Peninsula on Saturday.
Playing at home, Red Hill chose to bat first. Thanks in part to Dart’s knock of 106, Red Hill set Old Peninsula a target of 201 to chase down.
Old Peninsula’s run chase got off to a rough start, with both openers falling cheaply. The middle order steadied the ship, but the run rate began to work against them.
Old Peninsula ended up finishing their 40 overs at 8/172, 30 short of what was needed to win.
Lincoln Toy was the pick of Red Hill’s bowlers, taking 3/18.
Baden Powell fell just short of Long Island in an entertaining clash last weekend.
Despite losing star batter Nick Jewell early for just three, Long Island had a good afternoon. Opener Aiden Mckenna’s half century helped his side reach a final target of 188.
Baden Powell’s run chase was coming along nicely at 2/120, but once wickets started to fall they fell quickly. They lost their last eight wickets for just 55 runs, dooming them to a narrow 13 run defeat.
Tom Boxell helped tear through the tail, taking four wickets to wrap up the game.
Around the ground, Mt Eliza’s paltry total of 40 saw them defeated by Baxter, and Sorrento defeated Langwarrin by three wickets.
PINES have cemented their spot on top of the Peninsula division ladder with a good win over Rosebud.
Batting first, Rosebud couldn’t make much impact on the scoreboard.
The bowling efforts of Pines’ Patrick Jackson hampered Rosebud. He posted figures of 3/17.
Pines got their run chase started on the wrong foot. They lost their opening three batters for totals of zero, three, and one respectively.
Billy Humphrey and Nicholas Christides dug their heels in for Pines. Their middle order partnership helped their side claim a six wicket win and go two games clear on top of the ladder.
A good batting performance by Heatherhill got them a victory over Mornington. Heatherhill scored 189, a total which Mornington fell 39 runs short of.
Seaford Tigers joined the winner’s list with a four wicket win over Flinders. The Tigers passed their target of 137 with a few overs left to play.
Moorooduc had a bad day at home on Saturday against Somerville. They could only score 94 runs, and ended up falling to a nine wicket loss.
HASTINGS took home the win in a thriller against Carrum at Roy Dore Reserve last weekend.
A good performance from the middle order saw Hastings set Carrum a target of 199 to win. Patrick Wilson was their top scorer with 46.
Carrum’s run chase was elevated by a fantastic middle order partnership between Corey Hand and Matthew Boland. The two put on nearly 100 runs together.
The two were dismissed with 15 runs left to score and four wickets left to spare. The tail end wasn’t able to finish the job, handing Hastings the win.
Carrum were bowled out for 196, with no overs left to play.
Delacombe Park scored a hard fought four wicket win over Frankston YCW on Saturday. Also victorious last weekend were Carrum Downs and Main Ridge, who defeated Dromana and Crib Point respectively.
A BRILLIANT century from Pradeep De Silva was the highlight of a high scoring clash between Ballam Park and Balnarring on Saturday.
De Silva was awesome with the bat. The opener smashed 21 boundaries, including four sixes, on his way to a huge total of 111.
De Silva’s efforts helped Ballam Park wrap up a hard fought win. They chased down Balnarring’s total of 206 to get the victory.
There was a photo finish at Truemans Road Reserve on Saturday when Toogarook took on Skye.
Batting first, Tootgarook was impressive. A knock of 66 from opener Travis French helped set them up for a final total of 173.
Skye chipped away at their target, but the tail enders were the ones that had to finish the job. Skye scraped over the line to win in the final over with just one wicket to spare.
Around the grounds Tyabb defeated Mt Martha and Boneo defeated Pearcedale. Seaford bested Rye at RJ Rowley Reserve.