Seaford pulls off a big win

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DISTRICT

SEAFORD has pulled off one of its best wins in recent times, picking up a reverse outright against Baden Powell in MPCA District cricket.

When play resumed on Saturday, Seaford was 2/27, chasing Baden Powell’s first innings of 189.

There were early celebrations for the Braves, ripping through Seaford’s batting line-up for just 98.

Seaford skipper Ryan McQueen top scored with half of the entire score, hitting 49, while Shaun Allardyce hit 15.

Braves’ skipper Craig Entwhistle was the pick of the bowlers with 4/17 while Nathan Rice snared 3/33.

With first innings points locked away and a 91-run lead, Baden Powell went back out into the middle. Problem was, it lasted just 21 overs, bowled out for 70. Dale Christie snared 6/18 for Seaford.

With 151 runs to get and operating against the overs’ clock, Seaford needed someone to ‘go off’ with the bat to get their side over the line.

Enter Dean Polson. Seaford lost some early wickets before Polson strode to the crease. He hammered 84 in just over 15 overs to help his side score 7/162 and pick-up the unlikely reverse outright.

At the end of the first day of the Hastings v Rye clash, the Blues were in the box seat, defending 177 and having Rye on the ropes at 3/27.

By the end of the second day, the Demons’ Tim Symons (58) and Clayton Barnes (34) set up the visitors’ victory.

However, the work wasn’t done. It needed a wagging tale to get the job done. Josh Gana (26), Todd Harnett (21), Andrew Dunn (25) and Dean Collins (10) were the final four batsmen for the Demons and steered their side to victory, finishing on 222.

Ryan McNamara was the best of the Hastings’ bowlers with 4/75 from 24 overs.

Mt Martha made light work of Seaford Tigers, winning by more than 100 runs.

Resuming at 1/38 and chasing 117 for victory, Mt Martha middle-order bat Brett Wilkinson finished unbeaten on 59 to drive the Reds to victory.

Elliott Lord opened with 32 and Max McKenzie finished with 35.

Tigers’ skipper Dave James was the pick of the bowlers with 4/37 from 18.3 overs.

Rosebud was smashed by Heatherhill.

Chasing 307 for victory, the Buds were rolled for 166, Jason Nagel top scoring with 58.

Jake Theobald was superb for the Hills with 6/56 off 34 overs, including 12 maidens. Jason Hinde was also good with the rock, snaring 3/25 from 11.3 overs.

First published in the Frankston Times – 6 November 2017

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