Pandas have dip but fall short

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SUB-DISTRICT

BONEO failed in its attempt to pick up a reverse outright win against Carrum Downs in MPCA Sub District cricket.

The game was set up for an enthralling second day with the game poised with Carrum Downs just six runs ahead with five wickets in hand.

Boneo was rolled for 73 in its first innings and Carrum Downs was resuming at 5/79.

The Pandas achieved exactly what they were after at the beginning of the second day, taking five Carrum Downs wickets for just 20 runs, rolling the Cougars for 99.

Trailing by just 26 runs, Boneo needed at least 160-170 on the board in its second innings to have a total to defend. They were bowled out for 137, giving them a second-innings lead of just 111.

The Cougars started well, set a foundation and cruised to victory five wickets down, finishing at 5/115. Leon McConnell top scored with 37.

Balnarring had no trouble against Frankston YCW, despite half-centuries to Jo Gott (50) and Jason Bedford (51).

Defending 257, the Saints rolled the Stonecats for 198.

Balnarring skipper Mal Coutts was at his best with the ball, snaring 4/34 from 21 overs, while Mitch Kleinig picked-up 3/33.

Tyabb tasted victory against Skye.

Skye kicked-off the second day of the match defending 142 and having Tyabb 1/21 overnight.

However, the Yabbies cruised to victory six wickets down, James Holland-Burch scoring 56 and Aidan Pateman scoring 50.

Tootgarook had no issues against Carrum, winning comfortably.

The Frogs trailed by just 80 runs heading into the second day and had an outright win on offer.

Tootgarook declared at 3/158 after batting just 41 overs on the second day and threw Carrum back in to bat.

The Frogs went so close to winning, however, fell agonisingly one wicket short.

Carrum finished at 9/49, still seven runs behind.

Dromana was able to do what was expected and pick-up victory against Ballam Park, however, it wasn’t easy.

The Tigers resumed at 3/15, chasing 136.

That scoreline became 4/41, then 5/49 and 6/58 before Zac Klan (39) and Sam Fowler (49) took the Hoppers to victory.

Dromana finished all out for 176, 40 runs ahead.

Stuart Plunkett was the best of the Knights’ bowlers with 5/58 from 32 overs.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 November 2017

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