FRENCH Island batter Ben King made history last weekend by scoring one of the biggest totals ever seen in local cricket.
King finished the day unbeaten on a whopping 321 runs. He smashed 50 boundaries, 21 of them sixes. He made his mammoth score from just 184 balls.
French Island opener Keith Burdett would have been best on ground on any other day. He scored 136 runs. French Island finished the day at 3/602.
TWO-day cricket has finally returned to the MPCA.
Baden Powell were the best performers in the Provincial division on Saturday. They played Red Hill away from home.
Led by an excellent knock of 77 from Craig Entwistle, Baden Powell finished the day at 4/257. Rhys Elmi and Jobe Gardner also scored half centuries.
At Lloyd Park, Langwarrin are in the box seat for the win against Long Island.
After losing the toss, Long Island was sent in to bat on day one. They only managed to score 103 in their first innings before being bowled out.
Aaron Barrett was by far his side’s best. He scored 57 runs. Tom Boxell scored 28, but all other Long Island batters were dismissed for single digit scores.
Dylan Campbell was awesome with the ball. He posted figures of 4/13 off his 12 overs.
Langwarrin lost a couple of wickets before stumps was called, but are still in a good position. They will start day two at 2/34.
Old Peninsula set Baxter a target of 185 to chase down on day one of their matchup. Baxter finished the day at 2/33.
At Eric Bell Reserve, Pines and Sorrento played. Pines was bowled out for 166. Sorrento scored 1/11 before stumps.
SOMERVILLE secured a first innings win on day one of their match against Mt Eliza on Saturday.
Mt Eliza struggled at Emil Madsen Reserve. They were bowled out for 90 off 40 overs.
Somerville took advantage of Mt Eliza’s struggles. They finished the day at 3/93, taking home a first innings victory.
Bradley McDonald was the top scorer for the day with 47.
Flinders put together a mammoth total of 371 on day one of their match with Moorooduc.
Flinders were led by knocks of 108 from first drop batter Sam Gove, and 80 from opener Kane Hawkins.
Moorooduc have a mountain to climb to avoid defeat.
Dromana also put themselves in a strong position for victory on Saturday. They took on Seaford Tigers at Dromana Reserve.
Dromana finished the day at 234. Dale Irving top scored with 106 runs.
At Alexandra Park, Mornington will have to chase down Heatherhill’s total of 214 to get a result. They will start day two from 0/11.
EXCELLENT bowling looks almost certain to have secured Crib Point a win over Hastings.
The sides faced off at Crib Point Reserve in a two-day matchup. Hastings was sent in to bat first.
Thanks to a huge effort from bowler Elliott Carter, Hastings was bowled out for 98. Carter posted figures of 5/42 from his 17 overs.
Crib Point came in to bat for the second half of the day, and have nearly reached their target. They finished up at 3/70.
Delacombe Park are also in a strong position heading into day two thanks to a good bowling performance. They will start day two on 2/29, chasing down Carrum’s total of 103.
Main Ridge scored 181 in their first innings against Carrum Downs. Carrum Downs scored 0/8 before stumps on day one.
Rosebud scored 193 against Seaford at Olympic Park before being bowled out. Seaford will start day two on 0/4 this Saturday.
TYABB is chasing an outright win over Pearcedale.
The two sides played at Bunguyan Reserve on Saturday. Pearcedale batted first, but were sent back to the sheds for just 52 runs.
Sam Holland-Burch was unstoppable for Tyabb. He posted figures of 8/19 in the first innings.
Tyabb got off to a strong start in their first innings, surpassing their target without losing a wicket. Opener Jarrod White played well, scoring 73 runs.
The Yabbies declared at 4/197 to get a second bite at Pearcedale before stumps.
Pearcedale lost one wicket before the close of play. They will start day two at 1/13.
Rye have secured a first innings win over Skye at Skye Reserve.
Skye was bowled out for just 95 on their home deck. Rye chased down their target in just 27 overs, then declared shortly afterwards.
The bad news kept coming for Skye. They lost 4/15 to close out the day, and now face the possibility of an outright loss.
Tootgarook were also winners on Saturday. They wrapped up a first innings victory over Ballam Park.
Tootgarook bowled Ballam Park out for 105 off 47 overs. They chased that target down quickly, finishing the day at 6/136.
Balnarring got started on the right foot in their two-day clash with Boneo on Saturday. They scored 225 runs on day one.
Mt Martha scored 188 on day one of their clash with Frankston YCW. The Stonecats came in to bat before stumps and lost one wicket for just two runs.