Baxter rocket up to fourth

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BAXTER rocketed from the bottom of the MPCA Provincial ladder to the top four on Saturday after a demolition on Rye that resulted in an outright win.

After scoring a very modest 205 with just three batsmen making double figures, the Baxter bowlers then went to work and knocked over 18 wickets on the second day.

Rye resumed at 2/12 on Saturday and added just six runs before the wickets started to tumble again.

Andrew Hitchener (17) and Dean Collins (12) were the only Demons to get into double figures.

Rye was dismissed the first time around in the 30th over for just 48.

Chamika Sattambi took 6/17 off 10.3 overs and Dale Irving helped himself to 3/21.

Rye faired a little better in the second innings, however, it didn’t stop them from being rolled for 88.

Hitchener again top scored with 21.

Ben Matters was the pick of the bowlers for Baxter in the second innings, picking-up 4/30, while Irving took 3/38 off 11.

Mornington got its season back on track after beating Moorooduc in a close one.

Defending 177, Mornington had the Ducs in some early strife at the conclusion of day one at 3/30 with Luke Popov claiming 2/12.

However, Leigh Lambert (37) and Michael Whincup (37) offered some resistance in the middle order and took the score past 100 for the loss of just four wickets.

The Ducs then lost 4/17 and the Doggies were back in command.

Sam Adams (14) and Ross Cordeux (10) gave the home side a sniff late in the game and got the score to 164 before Jack Heseltine picked-up his second wicket and handed Mornington the 12 points.

Sorrento cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Langwarrin at Shark Park.

Chasing 238, Sorrento cruised past the target with the loss of just two wickets.

Nick Jewell was not out 84 at the conclusion of the 67th over when Sorrento past the total, while Jedd Falck was not out at the other end on 65.

Earlier, opener Kane Gordon scored 52 and put-on a 52-run opening partnership with Corey Harris (22).

Somerville’s Matty Roach was named the RPP player of the match after he picked-up 4/44 to help his side to a comfortable 79-run win against Mt Eliza.

The Eagles started well and had the Redlegs 2/10 before Justin Grant (54) come to the crease.

However, other than Matthew Travena, who scored 39, the Redlegs were never in the contest.

While Roach claimed four wickets, Jack Kennedy snared 3/54 and Russell Wilkes 3/23.

Peninsula Old Boys made light work of Crib Point, winning by almost 200 runs.

Defending 8/301, the Old Boys worked the Magpies over and rolled them in the 56th over for just 108.

Rob Hearn top scored for the Pies with 30.

Long Island had no problems defending its 9/263 against Pines.

Pines was bowled out for 188 in the 69th over, thanks largely to 30 runs each from number nine and 10 batsmen Nick Wilcox and Rick Anstiss. Earlier in the day, Craig Entwhistle top scored with 73 for Pines.

Scott Phillips was dominant for the Islanders with 6/67 from 25 overs, while Jake Middleton and Andrew Tweddle claimed two wickets each.

First published in the Frankston Times – 26 October 2015

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