PEARCEDALE is just 39 runs away from victory after dominating Sorrento on the opening day of their MPCA Provincial clash.
Sorrento won just one battle for the afternoon, the toss, and it did them no good at all. The Sorras were put to the sword and made to look second rate by the Panthers, rolled for just 98.
Pearcedale’s Chris Dew started with the new ball and had an immediate impact, removing both Sorrento openers, Corey Harris (4) and Tom Clarke (5). At that stage the Sorras were 2/12.
Things really turned pair-shaped for the home side when Jedd Falck was run out for 10, just as he and skipper Bobby Wilson were resurrecting the innings.
Beau Scoble then got involved for the Panthers, including picking up Leigh Poholke for a blob, and finished the afternoon with 2/16 from nine over, Dew finished with 4/43 from 23 and skipper Kaine Smith jumped on the gravy train and cleaned up with 3/8 from 7.5 overs.
Wilson top scored for the Sorras with 22, while Liam O’Connor chimed in with 19.
With 28 overs left in the day’s play, Pearcedale lost opener Brad Trotter (4) early but were cruising at the end of the day with Dew unbeaten on 30 and Will Kennedy on 21. Pearcedale will resume on 1/60.
Mt Eliza has the upper hand over old foe Mornington and looks highly likely to grab victory in this match.
Mornington batted first but could only muster 144, thanks largely to Michael Heib, who made 41 batting at nine. The next best bat for the Dogs was Brad McDonald with 21.
Lyle House did most of the damage with the ball for the Mounties, picking up 4/38 from 21 overs, while Nick Baron took 2/33 from 15.2 overs.
The Doggies started sensationally with the ball, removing both openers Damien Kent (9) and Tim Clarke (1) before the score had reached 15.
However, Josh Goudge (15) and Keith Biggs (25) were unbeaten at stumps with Mt Eliza in a strong position at 2/50.
Peninsula Old Boys have set Baxter 212 for victory and the reigning champs will already go into day two with star Daniel Warwick back in the sheds.
Baxter rolled POB for 211 and had to face the final two overs of the day.
Bowling the second and last over of the day, POB’s Tom Shyler had Warwick caught by Dylan O’Malley for a duck, leaving Baxter at 1/4 at stumps.
Ealier in the day, Baxter would have been reasonably happy with the effort of the bowlers, although Jon Forrest did get away from the visitors with a fine knock of 79. Forrest saw POB go from 4/55 to 6/190 when he was finally out.
Hugh Peacock was also very good for POB with 36 and Wade Pelzer continued his great form with 34.
Ben Brittain was the pick of the Baxter bowlers with 3/17 while Chamika Sattambi snared 3/40 from 16 overs.
Langwarrin has given itself every opportunity to win away against Crib Point.
The Magpies batted first after winning the toss and made 162.
Jake Prosser was once again in the wickets for the Kangas with 3/23 from 18 overs, including eight maidens, while Matt Campbell picked up 2/41 from 18.1 overs. Skipper Trav Campbell opened the bowling with 2/30 from 13 overs.
Langwarrin faced the final three overs of the day and came away unscathed. They will resume at 0/12 with Tay Smith and the in-form Matt Prosser at the crease.