CRIB Point have fallen agonisingly short of Pines in the final match of the home and away season for 2019/19 MPCA Cricket.
Batting first Pines were impressive in the one day match, putting 191 runs on the board off their 40 overs. Harley Peace-Stirling was pick of the batsmen, scoring 71 runs to help put his side in pole position for a win.
In response Crib Point did not take the loss lying down, keeping touch with Pines and taking the match to the final over.
With just two balls left to bowl and 4 runs left to chase down, Crib Point lost their final wicket and succumbed to defeat.
Things were much easier for Main Ridge, as they dominated Somerville at Ditterich Reserve.
A near 200 run stand between Main Ridge batsmen Daniel Polson and Shaun Foster was the highlight of the day, with their former scoring 96 not out and the latter scoring 109 not out.
Somerville were good in reply but not nearly good enough. They were bowled out for 175 with 10 overs left to play.
Baden Powell also had a relatively easy day, easily chasing down Moorooduc’s total of 118 with six wickets in hand.
At Ballam Park East, Red Hill defeated long Island in a low scoring affair.
The final ladder for the year finished with Baden Powell, Red Hill, Main Ridge, and Moorooduc as the top four sides.
A WELL taken half century from Luke Hewitt has been enough to help Hastings over the line against Rosebud at Thomas Barclay Oval.
Hastings won the toss and chose to bat first, doing well to finish their innings at 6/178.
In reply Rosebud made a good start, and at 3/118 were in a good position to go on to claim victory. A massive collapse would see Rosebud bowled out out for 145.
At Roy Dore Reserve, Carrum were bested by the Seaford Tigers.
Batting first Carrum set the Tigers a target of 149 to chase down to win.
Seaford Tigers lost their first wicket for just 1 run in a less than ideal start, but quickly steadied their ship.
The ended up surpassing their target with six wickets in hand and 10 overs to spare.
Heatherhill also enjoyed a positive day against Seaford, easily defending their impressive target.
Heatherhill, playing away from home, came in to bat first and ended up making 8/229. Kristian Miller top scored with an impressive innings of 74.
Seaford were toothless in response and were bowled out for 96 off 20 overs.
Delacombe Park claimed an 89 run win over Mt Martha, helped in part by an innings of 86 not out by opener Jonathan Guthrie.
The final four on the ladder for the season were Delacombe Park, Heatherhill, Rosebud, and Carrum.
TOOTGAROOK have claimed the narrowest of wins over Tyabb in a match that went down to the very last delivery.
Tootgarook elected to bat first in front of their home crowd, and recovered well from a middle order collapse to finish all out for 164.
Scott Sterling’s innings of 52 batting at number 8 would go on to prove vital for his side.
Tyabb came in to bat and all their batsmen made good starts. At 5/149 a win looked like an inevitability.
A stunning collapse saw tyabb fall to 9/163, needing two runs to win with one wicket in hand and one ball left to face. James Holland-Burch could not convert the winning runs, being caught out on the last ball of the day. Tyabb lost by 1 run.
Things were much less competitive at Peninsula Reserve as Rye succumbed to Frankston YCW.
The Stonecats were impressive with ball in hand, with Sam Fulton posting his best ever figures for the club with 5/11. Rye were bowled out for 102.
The Stonecats passed their targets with 7 wickets and 7 overs left to spare.
At Boneo Rec Reserve, Balnarring were able to secure victory over Boneo.
Balnarring batted first and an opening stand of 95 set them up nicely. They finished at 6/195 off 40 overs.
Boneo made 151 before being bowled out.
Carrum Downs had a bye.
LANGWARRIN have held on to secure a stunning two run win over Mornington.
Playing out of Alexandra Park, the away side Langwarrin elected to bat first and finished up at 8/172.
In reply Mornington got off to a good start, but could not score quick enough to secure a win. With just 2 runs left to chase down, Mornington ran out of time. Off 40 overs they made 7/170.
A massive innings of 88 runs from Brad Trotter was enough to help Pearcedale to a comfortable win over Flinders. Pearcedale’s innings ended with them at 8/217.
Flinders only lost a few wickets but scored too slowly to get close to a result. After 40 overs they finished at 3/171.
Thomas Clements was the best of Flinders’ batsmen, scoring 74 not out.
Sorrento have had a good day at Harry MacDonald Oval, putting Peninsula OB to the sword.
The Sharks were decent with bat in hand and finished up with 9/154, but it was with the ball where they really shined.
Old Boys made no impact with the bat with just one batsman reaching double digit figures.
Jake Wood took a five wicket haul for Sorrento as they bowled out OB for 68.
Mt Eliza had a rough afternoon at home, being bowled out for 66 by Baxter.
Baxter reached that target off 20 overs.
Sorrento finished on top of the ladder, followed closely by Langwarrin, Baxter, and Peninsula OB.
First published in the Frankston Times – 11 March 2019