Mounties in more strife

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Mt Eliza’s season went from bad to worse on Saturday, being bowled out for 121 against Long Island. Languishing just above Rye at the bottom of the ladder, the Mounties’ top order were brittle as the team slumped to 6/35. Nick Baron (26), Matt Travena (26) and Jordan Fuhrmann (22) were the only batsmen to break 20, while skipper Justin Grant again failed with the bat, making just 12 runs.

Long Island’s opening bowlers Scott Phillips and Andrew Tweddle were superb as usual. ‘Flippa’ bowled 21 overs and finished with sensational figures of 4/26, including 11 maidens. Tweddle was equally as impressive, claiming 4/44 from 21 overs. Long Island faced the last seven overs of the day and were 0/16 at stumps.

The Peninsula Old Boys have already picked up the win against Pines. The Piners batted first on Saturday at the Peninsula School and were bowled out for just 87. Jarred Coad top scored for Pines with 32. Adam Gailitis and Zac Fillipone were firmly in control with the ball for the Old Boys, with three and six wickets respectively. In reply, POB went for quick runs and batted for 34 overs, netting 7/104 before declaring and sending Pines back in. They’ll resume at 2/52.

Crib Point is in a commanding position in its match against Langwarrin. The Magpies batted first and were in some early trouble, before Luke Herrington (49) and Matt Blake (80) took control. Henry Dolphin also contributed 33. Daniel Bray returned to the First XI for the Kangas and snared 4/56, while skipper Travis Campbell got some early breakthroughs and picked up 4/62. In reply, Langwarrin is 1/4 with opener Simon McEvoy back in the sheds.

Baxter has set Sorrento a sizable task in their clash of titans. Daniel Warwick was back in the First IX and helped himself to 65, while Ben Metters scored 48 and Dale Irving 47. Chris King was the pick of the Sorrento bowlers, with 5/79. Sorrento now sits at 1/14.

Moorooduc has already beaten Rye. The Demons again failed to get to 100, such is their lack of confidence right now. Adam Bayly picked up 5/6 off 12 overs for the Ducs, including a devastating spell of 4/0. In reply, Mooroduc faced the final 36 overs of the day and finished on 4/98. Ben Williams opened the batting with 52.

Mornington has left Somerville with some work to do after making 242.

First published in the Frankston Times – 30 November 2015

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