Thursday, October 25, 2018
In a trend that continued across the day’s play in the DVCA, the rain-affected conditions seemed to suit the bowlers in Barclay Shield.
Diamond Creek’s Dale Campbell led a brutal attack on Plenty Power at Coventry Oval. With a four-wicket haul, Campbell was the most dangerous bowler as the Creek used the slippery conditions to its advantage and had the Power staggering at 8/64 in just 34 overs of play.
Despite a gallant 30 from James Clark, Epping have Montmorency in real trouble going into Day 2 with Montmorency being 7/75 at stumps. Marcus Murphy 4/6 and John Lever 2/20 were the pick of the Epping bowlers as they look to get their first win of the 2018/19 season next week.
Bundoora scrounged up a slow 128 off 66 overs against Rosanna at Yulong Reserve. Nathan Pietsch (4/31) relished the conditions and he wasn’t alone as Oliver Toussaint took a pair of wickets while conceding just 17 runs off his 16 overs.
No play was possible in the Riverside v North Eltham Wanderers match and Lower Eltham v Macleod as these games become one day matches next weekend.
Buoyed by their Round 1 victory over Eltham, Lalor Stars posted 216 against Mill Park at Redleap Reserve. Alex Manoilovski’s 40 held the top order together before Jordan Steele (26) and Ricky Mittica (34*) provided crucial knocks in the middle and lower order respectively.
Udhara Wellalage’s staggering all-round Round 1 performance has been met with a spectacular challenge by fellow Old Paradians bowler Udara Ranasinghe against Lower Plenty. Ranasinghe took 9/22 to roll the Lions for just 92 and then hit 45 of the Paradians’ 82 to bring his side within reaching distance of a second straight win by stumps.
Heidelberg batted deep to accumulate 220 against Greensborough at the Greensborough War Memorial. Continuing an outstanding start to the season, Brad Nihill (54) top-scored but had strong support from Pete Cashen (52), Riley Hunt (32) and Fletcher Stewart (30).
No play was possible in the Eltham v Mernda match and Banyule v Bundoora United as these games become one day matches next weekend.
Hurstbridge’s Kusal Edussooriya was left just eight runs short of a ton against Thomastown United but could comfort himself with the knowledge that his unbeaten 92 was the bedrock of his side’s 165 off 53 rain-delayed overs. Nathan Brown took three wickets for Thomastown United.
Laurimar scored 8/189 off nearly a full day’s play against South Morang. Captain Andrew Nicholls’ 58 was the highest score with South Morang preparing to chase down the total across 70 overs in pursuit of its first win next week.
Research Eltham Collegians are looking at back to back wins after a dominant display on day 1 against Whittlesea. Whittlesea despite a 76 run 4th wicket partnership between Braydon Avola (50) and Rajitha Mendis (49) could do nothing to stop the dominance of Research's Shannon Malone who took the great figures of 7/24 and Jack Sassella 3/23 to dismiss Whittlesea for 124. At stumps Research Eltham Collegians are 2/38.
Thomastown and Panton Hill will play a one day game this Saturday as no play was possible day 1.