SPECTATORS were treated to two of the best individual performances of the MPCA Women’s season at Eric Bell Reserve last weekend.
Pines and Rye did battle in a high scoring battle.
Pines were sent in to bat first, and were formidable. Opener Tania Misa was incredible, scoring 103 not out. She hit nineteen boundaries, ten of them sixes.
Samantha Ryan had another excellent game for Pines. She contributed 80 runs to the scoreboard.
Pines scored a seemingly insurmountable total of 236 runs. Despite the big task ahead of them, Rye worked hard to stay in the contest.
Selena Prescott was awesome for Rye. Her knock of 100 not out kept her side in contention, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Rye ended their innings at 7/194. They gave it their best, but Pines still left with the win.
In the other game of the round, Langwarrin defeated Tootagrook. Balnarring had a bye.
OLD Peninsula held on for a thrilling win against Long Island on Saturday.
Old Peninsula batted first at Ballam Park East, They set Long Island a total of 165 to chase down.
Thomas La Brooy was Old Peninsula’s top scorer. He scored his fourth half century of the season (53).
Long Island chipped away at their target, with number four batter Zach Wilson the best performer. His half century helped keep Long Island in the hunt.
Long Island were closing in on the win at 7/161, but lost two wickets in quick succession. They ended up running out of time, their innings expiring at 9/162.
John Forrest bowled well for the victors, posting figures of 3/19 off eight overs.
Baden Powell finished the round on top of the ladder thanks to a big win over Baxter. In other matchups, Langwarrin defeated Red Hill by 50 runs and Sorrento got the victory against Mt Eliza.
MOOROODUC and Pines finished all square after a competitive game at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve last weekend.
Moorooduc batted first on their home deck. They scored 189, thanks in part to a good knock from Oshadha Ariyadasa (65).
Pines’ run chase got off to a great start. They lost just one wicket for their first 109 runs.
Once Harley Peace-Stirling and Damien Lawrence were dismissed, wickets began to fall freely.
After losing 1/109, Pines went on to lose 9/80.
Pines lost their final wicket in the last over of the match, with their score at 189. Both sides finished level with a rare draw the final result.
At BA Cairns Reserve, Mornington earned a hard-fought win over Flinders.
Flinders batted first and played well. They scored 202, giving the Bulldogs a tough assignment to deal with.
Mornington were up to the task. An excellent unbeaten century from Zac Harnet helped them surpass their target with four overs and six wickets left to spare.
Around the grounds, Seaford Tigers defeated Rosebud in a close one and Somerville got the better of Heatherhill.
DROMANA ended the weekend on top of the District division ladder after a big win over Frankston YCW.
A 125 run opening stand between Kierran Voelkl and Sam Fowler set things up nicely for Dromana. The side finished their innings at 6/192.
Dromana defended their score well, restricting Frankston YCW to a final total of 7/116. Neil Barfuss was YCW’s best, scoring 42.
In second place on the ladder sits Delacombe Park. They are equal on points with Dromana. They scored a win on Saturday against Main Ridge.
In other matchups, Carrum defeated Crib Point and Carrum Downs smashed Hastings.
TOOTAGROOK claimed top spot on the ladder by defeating Seaford on Saturday.
Both sides went into the contest needing a win to finish on top of the table at the end of the round. Tootgarook batted first and set a defendable total thanks to a few good individual performances.
Travis French, Matthew Whelan, and Jake Bradshaw contributed with scores of 41, 52, and 24 respectively. The rest of the team struggled, with three top order batters scoring ducks.
Tootgarook finished their 40 overs at 8/147.
At 1/73, Seaford’s run chase was coming along nicely. A massive middle order and tail end collapse cost them their shot at the top of the ladder.
From 1/73, Seaford collapsed to all out for 103. They lost by 45 runs.
Skye sits third, level on points with Tootgarook and Seaford. They maintained that spot by beating Rye at RJ Rowley Recreation Reserve.
Tyabb joined the winner’s list by smashing Balnarring. Mt Martha defeated Boneo on Saturday and Pearcedale got the better of Ballam Park.