MORNINGTON’S Brad McDonald and Brad Wilson have placed their team in a commanding position in MPCA Provincial after both scoring centuries against Pearcedale.
Sam Wiese left the middle after making 33 of the first 49 runs, before McDonald joined Wilson at the crease.
What took place when the two came together was nothing short of a batting master class.
McDonald finished unbeaten on 150 after hitting 15 fours and two sixes, while Wilson was out for 101 when the score was 290.
Mornington pulled up stumps with six overs left in the day, declaring at 4/298.
Shayne Gillings bowled 24 overs and finished with 2/88 for Pearcedale while Sam Frawley picked up 2/37 from just eight overs.
The Panthers survived the final six overs of the day thanks to openers Brad Trotter and Chris Dew and they’ll resume at 0/12 with a long chase to follow.
The woes of reigning MPCA Provincial champions Baxter continued on Saturday, smashed by Sorrento on the opening day of the first two-day game of the season.
After winning just one of its first three one-day games this season, Baxter was looking forward to the traditional two-day form of the game.
However, its horror start to the season continued against the Sorras, rolled for just 133 in 60.3 overs.
Once again it was the middle and lower order that offered nothing.
Baxter lost its last six wickets for just 33 runs after being 4/100.
Daniel Warwick top scored with 33 while Todd Quinn came back into the side and opened with 27.
It was a superb performance from the Sorrento bowling attack.
CJ King bowled 12 overs and returned with 4/38, Chathupama Gunasinghe chimed in with 3/25 from 18 overs and Connor McMahon snared 3/34.
In reply, Sorrento will begin day two in a strong position, resuming at 1/47. The Sorras lost Corey Harris for 15 in the final overs for the day. Jedd Falck will start on 27 not out.
Crib Point will need to produce something pretty special with the ball on the second day of its match against Mt Eliza after being bowled out for 123 on Saturday.
Skipper Matty Blake top scored for the Pies with 30, however, it wasn’t enough to stop them being skittled in the 74th over.
Mt Eliza skipper Justin Grant was at his dominant best, snaring 4/27 from 23.5 overs, while Lyle House was also superb, picking up 2/27 from 20 overs. Rob Maskiell took 2/14.
In reply, Mt Eliza has lost Damien Kent and will resume at 1/8.
Langwarrin has set Peninsula Old Boys 217 for victory after winning the toss and batting first in their game.
Matt Prosser was the key for Langwarrin, top scoring with 68, while Jake Prosser was next best with 38.
Jon Forrest was the pick of the POB bowlers with 4/56 from 24 overs.