By Mr & Mrs IT Gully
THE top four looks set heading into the final round of MPCA District cricket.
Fourth-placed Mt Martha is currently 16 points clear of Seaford Tigers and Rosebud are a further four points clear of Hastings.
Bottom of the table Rye is four points behind the Buds and the Blues. The Demons take on top of the table Baden Powell in the final game.
Mt Martha host Rosebud and a simple win here for them will ensure a place in the finals.
Seaford despite losing in the first innings were able to pull off an outright victory against Hastings.
The Blues were bowled out for 107 in their second innings leaving Seaford 120 runs to claim victory. Robbie Hearn top scored for the Blues with 51 while skipper Luke Hewitt was next best with 19. Seaford’s Chris Cleef was the pick of the Seaford bowlers with 5/32. Needing 119 runs to win Seaford made the runs with one wicket to spare, Cleef top scoring with 35.
Rosebud found themselves back in the finals hunt after beating Rye outright. The Buds entered day two of the match having already won. Rye scored 130 in their second innings giving them a lead of 30 runs. Rosebud took just nine overs to pick up the runs required losing just one wicket along the way.
Heatherhill’s Steven O’Donnell blasted 222 to help his side to a massive win over Mt Martha. The Hills scored 3/305 with Sam Mullavey helping himself to a half century.
The Red’s scored 4/111 in their second innings, Simon Street top scoring with an unbeaten 42.
Baden Powell won an absolute thriller against Seaford Tigers winning by just three runs. Set 159 for victory Baden Powell got there with just balls to spare and one wicket in hand.
Daniel Di Paolo top scored for the Braves with 47 while skipper Craig Entwistle was next best with 31. Cohen Chernishoff played a very important innings hitting 27 off just 33 balls, including four boundaries.
Matty Roach did everything he could with the ball for the Tigers bowling 30 overs for a return of 5/63.