Braves smash Tigers first up

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Cricket’s back! SEAFORD Tigers were among Frankston area teams with high hopes for a new cricket season begun on the weekend. Picture: Andrew Hurst

BADEN Powell has launched its 2017-18 District season in the best way possible, beating Seaford Tigers with ease.

Whilst the Braves didn’t set the world on fire after being sent into bat first, it still managed to score a defendable 141 from 39.2 overs.

Elia Carter top-scored for the Braves with 26 from 36 balls, Ryan Barnett hit 20 at the top of the order while Charlie Collopy hit 20 at the bottom of the order.

Matty Roach snared 2/37 on debut for the Tigers, while Jack Brooking picked-up 2/18 from eight overs.

In reply, the Tigers were never a chance. Ash Mills scored 26 opening the innings and Anthony Joel hit 15 runs. The Tigers were bowled out for just 78.

Nathan Rice was sensational for the Braves, taking 5/14 from eight overs, while Julian Pharaoh picked-up 2/1 off 2.2 overs.

Heatherhill made light work of Mt Martha, winning by almost 60 runs.

The Hills batted first after being sent in and the top order delivered, Sam Mullavey scoring 50, Steven O’Donnell 42 and Kristian Miller 22, while star Matty Meagher came in and scored 44 to help lift his side to a strong target of 6/192.

Heatherhill’s bowlers then got to work, restricting the Reds to just 7/134 from 40 overs.

Kade Bendle top-scored for the home side with 27 while Jarred Wolsgrove scored 24 and Steve O’Neill 21.

Jake Theobald and Luke Whitmore were the pick of the bowlers for Heatherhill with 2/8 from eight and 2/29 from eight overs respectively.

Hastings started the season in the worst possible fashion, belted by almost 100 runs by Seaford.

Seaford batted first and recorded 9/176, Dean Polson top scoring with 55, skipper Ryan McQueen opening with 32 and Chris Cleef 25.

Blues coach Rob Hearn snared 3/39 and Tom Finn helped himself to 3/30.

In reply, the Blues top order failed. Sean Hewitt and Finn top scored with 15 runs each.

In the battle of the neighbours, between Rye and Rosebud, the Demons may have recruited well in the off-season but it made little difference to the Demons’ start to the season.

Rye was smashed by Rosebud on Saturday by 76 runs.

First published in the Frankston Times – 9 October 2017

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