IT was semi-finals round in MPCA womens.
Balnarring cruised to victory after Pines posted a lacklustre score in their innings.
Pines never got into gear, with only two batters reaching double figures before being bowled out for 70.
Balnarring reached the required runs with the loss of just one wicket and in under nine overs.
Grace Barnes top scored for Balnarring with 20.
In the other semi-final, Langwarrin managed 88 in their innings for the loss of just a single wicket.
It was within reach of Tootgarook, but they fell just three runs short, running out of time at just 85 runs.
Langwarrin will now face Balnarring in the final on 6 March.
BADEN Powell have claimed top spot on the Provincial division ladder by defeating Sorrento in a thriller.
The two sides faced off at Overport Park on Saturday. Baden Powell were sent in to bat first, and put together an impressive innings.
Baden Powell ended up scoring 216 runs from their 40 overs. Travis Kellerman top scored with 50 from 50 deliveries.
Sorrento’s run chase started well with openers Corey Harris and Jedd Falck posting good scores. First drop batter Robert Wilson also scored a half century.
Although Sorrento were putting runs on the board, their run rate was lagging behind.
Time ended up working against Sorrento. They finished their 40 overs at 8/206, seven runs short of victory. They lost 5/18 to close out their innings.
Old Peninsula remained in the hunt for the top spot by defeating Langwarrin at Lloyd Park.
Old Peninsula defeated Langy by 47 runs. A half century from Wade Pelzer proved the difference between the two sides.
Mt Eliza scored a good win over Long Island on Saturday, and Baxter easily defeated Red Hill.
TWO brilliant individual performances helped Seaford Tigers complete a difficult run chase last weekend.
The Tigers tackled Moorooduc at Moorooduc Recreation Reserve. The home side were sent in to bat first, and put a good score on the board.
Moorooduc finished up their 40 overs at 7/204.
The Tigers were able to wrap up the win with an over left to play. Brayden Roscoe and Mackenzie Gardner were awesome, with scores of 81 and 88 respectively.
Pines just scraped over the line in an entertaining clash against Mornington at Alexandra Park on Saturday.
Pines chased down 204 to win. They managed to hit the winning runs with just five balls left to spare before stumps.
Heatherhill and Rosebud both scored wins over Flinders and Somerville respectively to conclude the round.
CRIB Point scored a big upset win on Saturday against Dromana.
Crib Point, who currently sit last on the District division ladder, hosted the top of the ladder Dromana. The home side batted first and played well.
Crib Point set Dromana a target of 171 to chase down. Opener Chris Richmond and number three Spencer Wilton both contributed by scoring half-centuries.
Dromana’s run chase started well. At 1/99 they looked in a good position to get the win.
A middle order collapse set Dromana back. They lost their next four wickets for just five runs, with momentum swinging Crib Point’s way.
In the end it was time that cost Dromana the victory. Stumps was called with the ladder leaders at 9/165. Crib Point had held on for a brilliant win.
Carrum Downs took advantage of Dromana’s slip up by defeating Delacombe Park. The victory puts them on top of the table, equal on points with Dromana.
Frankston YCW’s total of 97 was easily chased down by Hastings on Saturday. Carrum also scored a good win, getting the better of Main Ridge.
ONE of the best individual innings of the MPCA season helped Ballam Park get a hard fought win on Saturday.
Ballam Park took on Tyabb at Bunguyan Reserve. Pradeep De Silva stole the show, scoring a mammoth 136 runs.
De Silva has had an excellent year. This century is his fourth of the season, and his second in a row. On Saturday he smashed 13 fours and 6 sixes.
De Silva’s efforts helped Ballam Park set a final total of 205.
Tyabb worked hard to chase down their target, but couldn’t quite get the job done. When stumps was called they were left stranded on 194 runs.
Seaford claimed outright first spot on the ladder with a win over Balnarring. Seaford set a huge total of 233 for Balnarring to chase down.
The task proved too much for Balnarring. They were bowled out for 176.
Boneo defeated Tootgarook on the weekend after bowling them out for just 91 runs. Mt Martha also got a win, defeating Skye at Ferrero Reserve.
First published in the Franskton Times – 1 March 2022