Ridge dominate Eagles

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PENINSULA

MAIN Ridge is just six runs away from victory in its MPCA Peninsula clash against Somerville.

The Eagles have been a major disappointment this season and that continued on Saturday at the magnificent Ditterich Reserve in Main Ridge.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Eagles were bundled out for just 172 on the small deck.

Had it not been for a wagging tail, the Eagles would have been lucky to push past 120.

Jayde Herrick scored 31 at the top of the innings, Bailey White scored 25, Matt Eager 24 and Sean Parker 21.

Sam Lyons was superb with the ball again for the Ridge with 3/34 from 16 overs while Jack Banks snared 2/10 and Luke Collins 2/53.

Red Hill has left Long Island with some tough work with the bat after scoring 5/221 on Saturday.

Riley Shaw and Simon Dart each scored 91 to help the Hillmen to a more than competitive total in a shortened day of 66.5 overs.

Skipper Dart faced 160 balls for his 91 with 11 fours, while Shaw faced 147, went to the rope 10 times and over it on one occasion.

Andrew Tweddle picked-up three of the five wickets, snaring 3/41 from 12 overs, while Stu Swift picked-up 2/34.

Pines has the upper hand against Flinders heading into day two of their match at Eric Bell Reserve.

The Pythons batted first and thanks to a glorious unbeaten century from Nick Wilcox (104), were able to post a strong total of 6/259.

Jack Pearce-Stirling was a wonderful support for Wilcox with 51 while Chris Bartczak opened with 32.

The evergreen Shark Dwayne Field bowled 28 overs for Flinders for a return of 4/67, while Neil Barfuss bowled 22 overs for a return of 2/77.

Delacombe Park is in the box seat against Moorooduc after openers Jon Guthrie and Nick Christides set-up the monster total of 7/324.

Christides smacked eight fours and two sixes as he hit 70 of the opening stand total of 96.

Guthrie went on to make 77 while Ricky Ramsdale played his best innings in a while with 76.

First published in the Frankston Times – 27 November 2017

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