Outright Eagles swoop into four



By Mr & Mrs IT Gully

SOMERVILLE has swooped into the top four in MPCA Peninsula cricket after beating reigning premier Red Hill outright on Saturday.

At the beginning of day two Somerville was just 34 runs short of a first innings victory. The Eagles, clearly looking for an outright win, declared their innings at 9/109 giving them a first innings lead of 11 runs. Eagles skipper Jayde Herrick then went to town on the Hills snaring 6/38 of 17 overs to roll the Hills for just 83. Brent Martin top scored for the Hills with 41.

Needing just 70 runs to win with plenty of overs to spare the Eagles cruised to 3/77, claiming the outright victory.

Flinders successfully defended its first innings total of 224 to beat Main Ridge. The Ridge lost 6/21 with only three batsmen scoring double figures.

William Noall was the top scorer for the Ridge for 49, while Michael Holmes opened with 43 and Luke Collins, batting at number ten, hit 16.

The Ridge were bowled out for 157.

Both Matt Burns and Will Tuck took 3/41 while Max Royal and Neil Barfuss claimed two wickets each.

We said last week that Moorooduc would need to be at their best with the bat to chase down Long Island’s 216. They did so with 16 overs to spare, scoring 5/245.

Duck’s skipper Shamith Kannangara top scored with 71 which included 14 boundaries and one over the rope, while Rashimal Mendez scored 50. Other batsmen to perform were Pathum De Mel who scored an unbeaten 44, including five balls over the rope, Madushanka Pereraand hit 36 Kasun Perera hit 35.

In the final game Pines was back on the winners list against Delacombe Park. Set 168 for victory the Parkers failed to get there, bowled out for 129.

Harley Parker was superb for Pines with the ball taking 5/54 while Adrian Mack led from the front taking 3/32.

First published in the Frankston Times – 5 March 2018

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