22 November 2016

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Ladder leaders: Peninsula Old Boys notched up an easy victory against Mornington, scoring 319 runs in their 80 overs. Picture: Rab Siddhi

Kangas defy the long odds PROVINCIAL By IT Gully LANGWARRIN sits in third position on the MPCA Provincial table after pulling off a remarkable victory against Long Island. The Kangaroos are far from the most talented list in the competition, however, they are playing a brand of cricket that is based on team spirit, pressure and taking pride in personal performance. Already this season the Kangas have beaten more fancied opponents Somerville, Crib Point and Long Island, all sides that played finals last season. On Saturday, Langwarrin had no right to beat the Islanders. Resuming at 9/101, the Kangas

lasted another nine overs and added a further 27 runs (128) to their overnight total. One thing the Kangas were aware of was the fact that Long Island’s batting has been brittle this season. Scores of 100, 156 and 81/79 in their previous three matches suggested that any score north of 120 for Langwarrin was going to be competitive. It proved to be the case, the Islanders were rolled for 122 in 54.3 overs. Jake Prosser was outstanding for the winners, holding up the batting with an unbeaten 38 and arguably winning the match for his team with 3/9 from 5.3 overs with the ball. Mal Coutts was also superb with 1/15 from 11, Matt Prosser claimed 2/25 from 14 overs and Matt Campbell snared 2/10 from eight overs.

Peninsula Old Boys remain at the top of the ladder after recording an effortless victory against Mornington. When Mornington posted a score of 212 against the Old Boys, it looked competitive given their bowling strength. However, the Old Boys made it look easy, resuming at 0/6 and cruising to 8/319 in their 80 overs. Mt Eliza successfully defended its 285, which was always going to be the case against Moorooduc. The Mounties bowled out the Ducs for just 82 in 46.4 overs in the first innings with Justin Savio picking up 7/35 in 19 overs. Shamith Kannangara top scored for Moorooduc with 29. The Mounties had another 51 overs to try and roll the Ducs a second time to claim the outright, however, could

only claim 6/125. Nick Baron collecting 3/53 from 21 overs. Resuming at 3/9, Sorrento looked up against it to reach Crib Point’s total of 126. Fast forward 30-odd overs and the Sharks were bowled out for just 110. Crib Point batted out the rest of the day and made 8/104, meaning that a total of 28 wickets fell in the match for just 340 runs. Both the Pies and the Sharks have some work to do with the bat! Baxter is in second place on the ladder after a strong victory against Somerville. The visitors didn’t set the world on fire with the bat, scoring just 179, however, their bowlers stepped up to the plate and did what it needed to to get the result.

The Eagles were bowled out for 132, Justin Bridgeman claiming three wickets to go with his 52 with the bat, while Chris Brittain also snared three wickets. Leigh Lowry was the best of the Somerville batsmen with 49. Pines picked up a much needed win against Pearcedale at Tractor Park. Chasing 151 for victory, Pines resumed at 2/23. Harley Peace-Stirling played a real captain’s knock, scoring 73 to help the Piners to 9/164. Ashley Hupe provided great support for 30 runs. Shayne Gillings was the pick of the Pearcedale bowlers with 4/34 from 13.4 overs while Kaine Smith bowled 29 overs for a return of 3/74.

second innings and Dean Collins top scored with 55, however, it didn’t prevent yet another outright loss, as the Demons were rolled for 138. Luke Collins took 4/32 in the first innings and 5/44 in the second for Main Ridge and James Abbott claimed 4/34 and 2/8 to be the pick of the bowlers. Mt Martha has early bragging rights in the battle of the top contenders (after four rounds) after beating Red Hill. The Hillmen went into the clash as ladder leaders but Mt Martha has joined them after recording an a near 100 run victory. The Hillmen were bowled out for 120 on the first day of the match and

the Reds resumed at 2/69. Riley Shaw scored an unbeaten 100 against his old side to almost singlehandedly win the home team the match. Jimmy McCall and Lincoln Toy each took three wickets for the Hillmen. Flinders continues to fly under the radar, sitting nicely in third place on the table after recording a solid win against Boneo. Defending 247, Flinders bowledout the Pandas for 202. Chris Jobling (52) and Ryan Jellie (44) appeared as though they were going to make life difficult for the Sharks, however Max Royal snared 4/46 from 20 overs and

Dwayne Field picked up 3/50 from 19 overs to wrestle back the momentum. Heatherhill was on shaky ground overnight at 3/48 against Delacombe Park but eventually got the job done, scoring 149, a victory of 23 runs (126). Christian Heath top scored for the Hills at the top of the order with 56 while Brett Maxwell contributed a more than handy 47 in the middle order to help get the Hills over the line. When Maxwell went out, the score was 5/122. The game was won. Andrew Stapleton was the pick of the Parkers’ bowlers with 3/20 from 4.4 overs while Dean Blight bowled 20 overs for a return of 2/30. Rosebud did what it had to do

against Baden Powell, winning by three wickets. Chasing 155 for victory, the Buds past the total with three wickets in hand. It looked ordiinary early for the Buds at 4/50, however, 43 from Jason Mathers and 64 from Pete Doughty ensured victory. Seaford Tigers managed an easy victory against arch rival Seaford. After scoring 245 with Jon Plakourakis hitting 86 and Ash Mills 80, the Tigers then bowled out Seaford for 159. Mills was the star with the ball also, picking up 5/48 from 22 overs. The Tigers were 4/25 in their second innings.

Main Ridge in the mix DISTRICT

By IT Gully MAIN Ridge got its season back on track, picking up maximum points against Rye in MPCA District cricket. After losing the opening game of the season to Delacombe Park, the Ridge have had a draw against Rosebud and an unconvincing win against Boneo in round three. Rye resumed its first innings at 7/26 after the Ridge declared at 5/294. The Demons soldiered on early on the second day with Andrew Hitchener offering great resistance to score 76 and help his side get to 143. Hitchener scored another 25 in the

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