Saturday December 1, 2018
With the threat of falling to the bottom of the ladder hanging over Lower Eltham’s heads, Ishan Pathirage (80) and Andrew Hone (76) steered their side to a seven-wicket win over Montmorency. The pair put on 84 for the third wicket to overhaul the winless Magpies’ total of 167.
Diamond Creek claimed the most important of its five consecutive wins to start the season by four wickets over reigning premiers Riverside. Chasing 123, the Creek was unsteady at 4/54 before Dale Campbell backed up his tight bowling performance with an unbeaten 30 that saw his side reach victory six down.
Macleod ballooned its overnight score against Rosanna to 201 before Rob Wise followed up his crucial knock of 46 with a bag of three wickets. The Eagles skittled Rosanna for just 119 to stake out fourth spot at the end of Round 5.
Inspired performances from Mitch Johnson (74), Jack Sacchetta (66) and Gordon Zull (44) saw Plenty stun North Eltham to win its second match on the trot and leap to sixth spot on the ladder. The Power made light work of the Wanderers’ total of 188, winning with seven wickets still in hand.
Bundoora has arrived as an early premiership contender after dismissing Epping for just 98 in their top four duel. Defending just 138, the Bulls were well served by Hatinder Pal (4/10) and Narinder Sharma (3/16) as Epping’s middle and lower order folded cheaply.
Lower Plenty completed the first outright win of 2018/19 against Mernda. Heath Jenkins (5/28) took his match figures to a staggering 11/67 as the Lions routed Mernda for a second time for just 131, making the run chase of a mere three a formality. The win boosts Lower Plenty to sixth position.
Eltham ended Old Paradians’ unbeaten run and leapt into the top four with a win by the barest of margins. The Panthers were in trouble when the Paradians stood at 4/189 but when Liam Waldron captured Jason Berthet, the match turned on its head. Eltham snatched another four wickets without conceding a run but let the Paradians scrounge to within a run of its total of 203. Lucas Wilson (6/53) proved the Panthers’ hero as he bowled Damian Wegener to seal a win in one of the games of the season.
Banyule returned to the top four by defeating Mill Park outright at Beverley Road Reserve. Mick Hannan (3/16, giving him match figures of 9/32), Jeremy Hannan (3/17) and Nick Murray (2/5) burned through the Tigers, whose total of 78 was even less than their disastrous first innings. The Bears powered through the 71 runs required for the loss of just one wicket.
Greensborough climbed off the bottom of the Money Shield ladder with a five-wicket win against Bundoora United. Having fought its way to an unexpected advantage with the ball, the ’Borough held its nerve to reach the target of 105 with Tom Vilchez (47) and Matt Crawford holding out the match-winning partnership to seal their side’s first win in Money Shield.
The Lalor Stars jumped to the top of the ladder and further solidified their premiership credentials with a seven-wicket win over Heidelberg. Chasing 190, opener Alex Manoilovski took it upon himself to give the Stars an electric start as he hit 112, only departing with victory six runs away.
Panton Hill outmuscled fellow premiership contenders Hurstbridge with a seven-wicket win in the Round 6 one-day match. Hurstbridge was held to 3/141 off its 40 overs with Joel Lovett doing most of the heavy lifting with 64. However, he and the rest of his side was blown away by Glenn Motschall’s unbeaten 80 that saw the Redbacks power their way home.
An unbeaten 45 from Josh Turner levered the Research Eltham Collegians to a five-wicket win over Laurimar. Chasing 134 after Sam Mitchell and Shannon Malone had taken three wickets apiece, the Collegians were on target for a comfortable win before a trio of wickets had their middle order stumbling. Turner was able to push his side through troubled waters to victory with just under three overs to spare.
It was a relieved South Morang who clung to a 12-run win against Thomastown to stay in the top four. After the Lions had been wrong-footed with the bat to be bundled out for 143, they were able to prise the final Thomastown wicket at 131.
Thomastown United got the monkey off its back with a five-wicket win over Whittlesea. Stan Apostola plundered the Eagles’ batting with 5/9, leaving his side with 112 to get its first win of the season. Sanke Wijegunarathne’s 46 kicked the Kookaburras’ innings off to a strong start and they were never threatened en route to their breakthrough win.