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PENINSULA

MAIN Ridge was completely embarrassed in its MPCA Peninsula match on Saturday, smashed by Pines by more than 150 runs.

Cruising at the top of the table after the first three rounds, Main Ridge was set 235 for victory after the Piners were bowled out for 234.

The Ridge never looked like winning, losing wickets from the outset with Nick Wilcox, Pat Jackson and Alex Coad all getting amongst the wickets for the Piners.

Coad played arguably his best game for Pines, again realising his substantial potential and finishing with 4/27 from 14 overs.

Harley Parker was also in the game, bowling just two overs and snaring 2/6.

Shaun Foster top scored for the Ridge with 33, while skipper Nick Jewell was next best with 13.

Long Island had a lot of work to do on the second day of its match against Somerville.

A total of 13 wickets fell on the opening day of the clash with Somerville bowled out for 136 and Long Island finishing the day at 3/46.

Pubudu Edirisinghe (69) and Michael Burke (51) were the not out batsmen when play resumed on Saturday at Ballam Park.

When Burke became the first wicket of the day, the Islanders had won the match and were eight runs ahead (4/144).

Stuart Swift (24) and Andrew Tweddle (32) then made a contribution to help the Islanders to 245, a comprehensive 109-run victory.

Red Hill continued its recent domination of Delacombe Park, rolling the home side by three wickets.

There is no love lost between these two sides after a fiery grand final last season and the Hillmen would have been tickled pink to put the Parkers to the sword yet again.

The Parkers were always up against it though, defending just 137.

Matt Merifield opened with 40 and Simon Dart scored 38 to steer the Hillmen to victory. Tim Collett added 24.

Dean Blight was the pick of the Parkers’ bowlers with 3/56.

Red Hill scored 7/148 in 64 overs.

Moorooduc got the job done against Flinders, winning by almost 100 runs.

The Ducs had put 192 on the board on day one and had Flinders 1/14 overnight.

New recruit Pathum De Mel was the destroyer for the Ducs, bowling 16 overs and finishing with 7/35, including five maidens. Justin McLeary opened the bowling also and finished with 2/31 from 14 overs. The evergreen Kenny Cremen picked-up the other wicket.

Flinders was rolled for just 106.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 November 2017

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