Miller lifts the Hills

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Bowling action: Carrum Downs took the battle to Ballam Park. Picture: Andrew Hurst

Bowling action: Carrum Downs took the battle to Ballam Park. Picture: Andrew Hurst

IT’S been a long time since Heatherhill has dominated a day of cricket but it certainly did that on day one of their MPCA District clash against Flinders.

The domination came on the back of young gun Kristian Miller, who smashed 133 against the Sharks.

Opening the innings, Miller clubbed 18 fours and two sixes as he dominated all eight Flinders bowlers used to try and dismiss him.

Jake Theobald provided solid support for him early with 35 before skipper Nathan Martin got in on the act and helped himself to 66.

Miller was eventually dismissed by Max Royal before Jordan Creely (32) and Zach Horsley (20) had a bit of fun at the end.

The Hills posted a more than competitive 7/299.

Royal was the best of the Flinders’ bowlers with 3/72 while the evergreen Shane Beggs claimed two wickets.

Pearcedale’s start to the season in District ranks continued in impressive fashion against Boneo, posting 288 from 80 overs.

Chris Dew dominated with 91, Matt Cousland opened with 53, Mitch Andrew scored 42 and Max Blackburn hit 33 to help the Panthers to the big total.

Sean Spencer was the best of the Boneo bowlers with 4/53, while Cam Williams claimed 3/70.

Seaford Tigers are in some real strife against Baden Powell after being rolled in the 52nd over for just 126.

Jon Plakourakis top scored for the Tigers at the top of the order with 33, while Corey Hand scored 20 in the middle order.

The Braves shared the wickets around. Tom Wood was the pick of them though with 3/24 from 11 overs.

In reply, the Braves are cruising at 1/89 with Wood dominating with 64 in just 28 overs.

The match between Carrum and Red Hill is sure to go down to the wire after 14 wickets fell on the first day.

The Hillmen won the toss and sent Carrum into bat. It proved to be a good decision, the Lions rolled for just 152.

Hayden Moulton saved the day for the home side with 64, while new skipper Andy Johnson hit 26.

Brent Martin picked up three wickets and Glenn Collett opened with the more than tidy figures of 2/34 from 15 overs.

However, in reply, the Hillmen are in some early trouble at 4/44 after Jeremy Graves grabbed 3/16. Simon Dart is still at the crease.

Main Ridge is in some trouble against Seaford, resuming on day two at 3/41, chasing 201.

Earlier in the day, the Ridge were superb with the ball, rolling the home side in just 63 overs.

Chris Cleef top scored for Seaford with 55 and Ryan McQueen scored 42.

Luke Collins (3/37) and Nick McNamara each took two wickets for the Ridge.

Gareth Wyatt is not out 19.

Mt Martha has set Delacombe Park a modest total of 187 for victory.

The Reds opened well with Alex Mason scoring 56 and Mitchel Darville hitting 40, while Kade Bendle was superb in the middle order with 53. They were the only three batsmen to get into double figures.

Shane Deal picked up 5/56 for the Parkers.

In reply, Delacombe is 0/12 from three overs. 187 looks lean at Delacombe Park and the Reds’ bowlers will need to be at their best.

First published in the Frankston Times – 19 October 2015

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