Sunday November 17, 2018
Epping has vaulted to second place on the Barclay Shield ladder after eclipsing Macleod by 131 runs at Macleod Park. Having set the Eagles a hefty 268 for victory, Epping bowlers Billy McKeown (3/22) and Rob Tinsley (3/32) took the match by the throat early and ensured that the Pingers had victory within their grasp long before the final wicket fell.
Bundoora stunned Riverside to defeat the reigning premiers by 20 runs at Yulong Reserve. Starting the day at 1/0 in defence of 186, Bundoora took a bag of early wickets through Narinder Sharma, Mahesh Kodamullage (two each) and Ashern Hodge but the door was not shut on Riverside entirely until the 80th over, whereupon the Bulls celebrated a momentous victory.
Plenty captain Gordon Zull and Mitch Johnson polished off the meagre runs needed to seal the Power’s first win upon its return to Barclay Shield. At the expense of a Montmorency side all but beaten at the start of the second day, Plenty cruised past the required total of 88 with seven wickets still in play.
An unbeaten 88 from Scott Dunbar saw Rosanna triumph over Lower Eltham by five wickets. With his side tripping to 3/36 chasing 192, Dunbar carried the can all the way to the finish line to push Rosanna into the top four.
A five-wicket haul from Dale Campbell helped Diamond Creek to a big win over North Eltham at Coventry Oval. The Creekers started the day in a dominant position after their innings of 268 and once Campitelli got his tail up the match became a rout.
It took Old Paradians less than 44 overs to defeat Mill Park by seven wickets at Redleap Reserve. The Paradians claimed their fourth win in as many starts by wiping off the Tigers’ total of 148 with Hasitha Samarasinghe (42) top scoring.
Greensborough’s chance for its first win in Money Shield was stolen by a dominant Lalor Stars batting performance. Alex Manoilovski (87) and Jordan Steele (53 not out) rose to the occasion to help the Stars reach the Borough’s total of 203 with five wickets in hand.
Eltham claimed what is sure to become a famous victory by overhauling Lower Plenty’s total of 317. Mark Minney (80 not out), Taylann Luckman (68) and Lloyd Mash (52) ground the Panthers closer and closer to a four-wicket win that few could have predicted at the start of the second day.
Bundoora United finishes the round in fourth position after dismissing Mernda for 105. The Bulldogs had set Mernda an imposing 287 for victory and once Sean Solar (2/22) had taken the guts out of the Mernda top order, victory was all but assured.
Banyule was hobbled by a top order collapse in its top four blockbuster with Heidelberg. Chasing 234, the Bears lost 5/29 and not even 84 from Henry Tyler could save them. Callum Gogerly finished with a bag of four wickets to seal a 39-run win and a third place for Heidelberg.
After batting its way to a 160-run lead, Laurimar gave itself 57 overs to push Thomastown United all out for a second time and claim an outright win. Fighting for pride, United made a much better fist of it in its second dig with Shiran Karanukaran (68) and Steve Solyom (60) saving face.
Hurstbridge remains a Mash Shield heavyweight after seeing off South Morang by 61 runs. After setting the Lions 249 to win, Hurstbridge fought to gain the upper hand but broke through the South Morang tail to take the last four wickets for 15 runs.
A 51 from Josh Barton gave Panton Hill a chance of an outright win against Whittlesea but the Eagles held firm across 30 overs to be barely within a cooee of a second defeat. Panton Hill’s first innings win nonetheless reinforces its place atop the ladder.
Research Eltham Collegians had to pull out all stops to avoid a boilover loss to Thomastown. Josh Turner’s four-wicket haul put the brakes on Thomastown’s chase of 169 to secure a 23-run win for the Collegians.