Tigers on top form ahead of finals campaign



By Mr & Mrs IT Gully

DROMANA is on fire heading into the MPCA Sub District finals after belting Ballam Park on Saturday by more than 100 runs. 

The Tigers will host Carrum Downs in the first semi-final, while Carrum will host Tootgarook in the other final. The winners will play off in the grand final.

Dromana scored 192 batting first against Ballam Park on Saturday, Blake Pappas top scoring with 54 and fellow opener Daniel Byatt contributing 40. 

Ballam Park’s Justin Moore was the pick of his team’s bowlers with 3/14, while Gabriel Lawrence picked up 3/27 off five overs. 

In reply, Ballam Park was bowled out for 89 in 24 overs with Ben Bradley-Bridge picking up 3/13 off four overs and Jack Fowler claiming 3/30 off 8 overs.

Carrum and Tootgarook will do it all again in the semi-final this weekend after the Lions beat the Frogs in the one day game by 21 runs last Saturday. There will be no excuse for not knowing what to expect in the semi.

The Lions batted first with Dale O’Neil scoring 44 and Dylan Steed top scoring with 46. In reply, Tootgarook fell short with a number of batsmen getting starts but not able to go on. Jake D’Atri was the pick of the Lions bowlers with 3/23 off 7.1 overs.

Finals were on the line between Carrum Downs and Boneo. Quite simply, the winner was in and the loser didn’t play finals. 

On Saturday it was Carrum Downs who prevailed, knocking over the Pandas by four wickets.

Boneo just didn’t score enough runs after winning the toss and batting. Chris Jobling was superb, smashing 75 off 67 balls, however not one of his fellow batsmen could make it past 8 runs.  In fact, the next highest score was extras with 12. The Pandas were bowled out for 122 off 31.3 overs. 

In reply, Carrum Downs scored 130 off 31 overs, Ryan Lynch top scoring with 39.

In the final games, Skye finished the season in great fashion beating Tyabb by 15 runs, 134 versus 119.  The win helped to prevent Skye from finishing bottom of the ladder. 

Balnarring made light work of Frankston YCW scoring 189 before bowling out the Stonecats for just 114. Ben King was the standout in the game for Balnarring picking up six for 25 from eight overs.

First published in the Frankston Times – 12 March 2018

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