Foon ton saves the Dogs PROVINCIAL
By IT Gully MORNINGTON star Matt Foon single-handedly has Sorrento in all sorts of bother after the opening day of round six in Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association Provincial cricket. The Doggies batted first in ideal conditions after winning the toss but the top order collapsed and the visi-
tors were quickly on the back foot at 3/17. However, with his side in deep trouble, Foon strode to the crease and with the early support of keeper Charlie Parker, regained the ascendancy for their team. Whilst Parker only contributed 36, he did help the score beyond 100 before departing. Foon, however, took complete control, blasted 11 fours and a six and
finished unbeaten on 116. Nick Johnson was able to hang around long enough to help his teammate to the magical three figures, as the Dogs posted a competitive score of 206. With plenty of overs left in the day (21), it was important for Sorrento to survive and try and gain the upper hand for day two. That didn’t happen. The Sharks lost Kane Gordon (1), Tom Clarke (6) and Jedd Falck (0) to
be 3/30 at stumps. Mt Eliza has given Langwarrin some work to do on day two of their clash after scoring 207. The Mounties batted first and a number of players got starts. Justin Grant top scored with 58, Tim Clarke hit 38 and Ben Tracy was run out for 35. Matt Prosser was again the chief wicket-taker for the Kangas with 3/50 from 18 overs and Travis Campbell
snared 2/33 from 13 overs. Peninsula Old Boys have set Pearcedale a total of 217 for victory in their match at Tractor Park. The Old Boys hit 8/216 in their 80 overs, Tom LaBrooy top scoring with 60, Dylan O’Malley hitting 39 and Hugh Peacock 38. Pearcedale’s Chris Dew was the best of the Dales’ bowlers with 3/64 from 19.2 overs, while Shayne Gillings picked up 2/19 from nine overs.
Ridge dominate Eagles PENINSULA
By IT Gully MAIN Ridge is just six runs away from victory in its MPCA Peninsula clash against Somerville. The Eagles have been a major disappointment this season and that continued on Saturday at the magnificent Ditterich Reserve in Main Ridge. Winning the toss and batting first, the Eagles were bundled out for just 172 on the small deck. Had it not been for a wagging tail, the Eagles would have been lucky to push past 120. Jayde Herrick scored 31 at the top of the innings, Bailey White scored 25, Matt Eager 24 and Sean Parker 21. Sam Lyons was superb with the ball again for the Ridge with 3/34 from 16 overs while Jack Banks snared 2/10 and Luke Collins 2/53. Red Hill has left Long Island with some tough work with the bat after scoring 5/221 on Saturday. Riley Shaw and Simon Dart each scored 91 to help the Hillmen to a more than competitive total in a shortened day of 66.5 overs. Skipper Dart faced 160 balls for his
91 with 11 fours, while Shaw faced 147, went to the rope 10 times and over it on one occasion. Andrew Tweddle picked-up three of the five wickets, snaring 3/41 from 12 overs, while Stu Swift picked-up 2/34. Pines has the upper hand against Flinders heading into day two of their match at Eric Bell Reserve. The Pythons batted first and thanks to a glorious unbeaten century from Nick Wilcox (104), were able to post a strong total of 6/259. Jack Pearce-Stirling was a wonderful support for Wilcox with 51 while Chris Bartczak opened with 32. The evergreen Shark Dwayne Field bowled 28 overs for Flinders for a return of 4/67, while Neil Barfuss bowled 22 overs for a return of 2/77. Delacombe Park is in the box seat against Moorooduc after openers Jon Guthrie and Nick Christides set-up the monster total of 7/324. Christides smacked eight fours and two sixes as he hit 70 of the opening stand total of 96. Guthrie went on to make 77 while Ricky Ramsdale played his best innings in a while with 76.
Wickets fall at Hastings DISTRICT
By IT Gully ROSEBUD and Hastings are locked in an intriguing MPCA District battle after 11 wickets fell on the opening day of their clash at Thomas Barclay Reserve. The Buds batted first after winning the toss but other than skipper Billy Quigley, there was little resistance in the order. Quigley scored 48 at the top of the innings while Janaka Kumarage debuted with 27 for the Buds and showed signs that he is only going to get better. Ryan McNamara was on fire for the Blues, bowling 11.1 over and finishing with 5/34, while Isuru Dias sent down 27 overs and collected 4/36 in a sensational performance which also came with 12 maidens. Chasing 155 for victory, Hastings had to face the final nine overs of the day. It lost Rob Hearn for five, courtesy of Pat Nagel rattling his stumps. The Blues will resume at 1/20 this Saturday, however, given Hearn is in the sheds and the batting has been brittle at best this season, 154 should be enough for the Buds to defend. Seaford Tigers has challenged
Rye to score 201 runs for victory in their match at RJ Rowley Reserve. The Tigers made 8/200 from their 80 overs, Anthony Joel top scoring with 42, Dave Roach hitting 39, David James 31 and Luke Chevalier 24. Whilst the Tigers batted well, Rye’s Zac Stephenson was outstanding with the ball, claiming 7/72 from 26 overs. Matt Whelan bowled 34 overs for a return of 0/78. The Demons’ bowling was tight and it has given them every opportunity to challenge for the victory. Seaford has already begun its chase against Heatherhill after rolling the visitors for 190 in 63.3 overs. The Tigers will resume on 0/12 after rain cut day one short, facing just four of an available 16 overs at the end of the day. Once again the tail wagged for the Hills, Declan Albert top scoring with a well-timed 53, while Steven O’Donnell hit 35 at the top of the order. In the final match, Baden Powell has set Mt Martha a total of 265 for victory after being bowled out for 264.
Howzat? An appeal to the umpire during the District match between Seaford and Heatherhill. Picture: Andrew Hurst
Cougars are on top SUB-DISTRICT
By IT Gully CARRUM Downs has given Ballam Park a challenge in its Sub District clash at Ballam Park. The Cougars batted the entire day before the rains came after 69.4 overs had been bowled, finishing the day at 8/204. Ryan Lynch top scored for the visitors with 56, Leon McConnell hit 33, Nathan Lynch 27 and Joel Williams finished unbeaten on 40 when rain interrupted play. Marc Blume was the pick of the bowlers for Ballam Park with 3/39 from 17 overs, Justin Moore claimed 2/54 from 19
overs and Daniel Edwards-Fisk snared 2/33 from 15 overs. Balnarring limped to 175 in 70 overs against Tootgarrok. The Saints got away to a shaky start before Lachlan Barton steadied the ship with 52 in the middle order, while skipper Mal Coutts hit 31. Ben King, who has been dominant with the ball all season for Balnarring, came to the crease with the bat and hit a very timely 25. In reply, Tootgarook is 0/7. In other Sub District matches, Carrum was bowled out for 215 against Dromana and Tyabb has set Boneo 280 for victory after scoring 6/279.. Frankston Times 27 November 2017