Year ends in draw drama



LANGWARRIN and Mornington have staged a wonderful end to the 2017 calendar year in MPCA Provincial cricket with an epic draw at Alexandra Park.

Chasing 264 for victory, Langwarrin needed just one run and Mornington one wicket heading into the final over of the match.

Mornington quick Luke Popov stepped up to the plate and had Sam Prosser caught by Charlie Parker to see the game end in a draw.

The match ebbed and flowed and for the most part, it appeared that the Dogs were on top and victory seemed imminent. At one stage the Kangas were looking down the barrel at 7/153 when Simon McEvoy was trapped in front for a blob.

However, Trav Campbell (60) combined with Simon Parrott (17) and the tail to get the Kangas within a sniff.

Sam Prosser was superb for his 39 and he deserved to get his side over the line. Adam Campbell, batting at 11, was also still there unbeaten on 17 at the end, highlighting the true grit of the team.

Baxter cruised to victory over Mt Eliza.

Chasing just 111 for victory, Baxter resumed in front at 3/139 with Daniel Warwick unbeaten on 61 and Justin Bridgeman not out nine.

Bridgeman eventually finished unbeaten on 46 and Warwick on 93. They declared at 3/207.

Looking for an outright, Baxter had 80-odd overs to try and pull it off, however, the Mounties dug deep and finished on 7/171. Dale Irving picked-up three wickets for Baxter.

Peninsula Old Boys made light work of Sorrento, winning by five wickets.

Chasing 194 for victory and resuming at 0/5, the Old Boys went on to score 5/194 in just 61.3 overs.

Dylan O’Malley was dominant at the top of the order with 92 while Wade Pelzer scored 51.

CJ King was the pick of the Sorrento bowlers with 3/30 from 12 overs.

Things ended badly for Crib Point last week and they didn’t improve any on the second day against Pearcedale.

After rolling the Dales for 160 last week, the Magpies resumed at 1/0.

They were bowled out for just 89 in 57.2 overs.

Chris Dew was superb with 6/12 from 19 overs (including 12 maidens) for the Dales.

First published in the Frankston Times – 18 December 2017

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