Saturday February 9, 2019
Montmorency ended the first day in a commanding position against North Eltham. An unbeaten 110 from the returned Ruwinda Sharma and 61 from Mark O’Brien saw the winless Magpies amass 140 for the fourth wicket and post 221.
Rain cost Diamond Creek 20 overs of its innings against the red-hot Lower Eltham but it was the Kangaroos’ bowling that has the match hanging in the balance with the Creek in danger of its first defeat of the season. Luke Burgoyne claimed a pair of wickets in 25 overs and Luke Costa added two of his own as the Creek will return to the crease at 5/84 next week.
A four-wicket bag from Daniel O’Leary scuppered Riverside’s batting at Macleod Park. With his side in fourth position but facing hot competition for a finals spot from all comers, O’Leary finished with 4/35 as Riverside struggled to 9/135 off its 80 overs.
A 115-run stand between Asharn Hodge (71) and Mahesh Kodamullage (46) kept Bundoora’s narrow finals chances alive against Plenty. The pair came together at 9/65 and turned the Bulls’ position from defence to attack with 199 the final tally.
Epping v Rosanna: no play
Josh Nixon (96) was agonisingly close to his first ton in Mernda colours but could take solace in the knowledge that his effort powered his side to a dominant position against Mill Park. The Demons will defend 232 next week.
In Banyule’s top of the table blockbuster against the Lalor Stars, Jeremy Hannan stepped up to put the Bears’ noses in front. Hannan took a haul of four wickets as the normally free-flowing Stars could only stump up 9/141.
A fireworks display from Glen Turner put Eltham in the box seat to improve its chances of locking up a finals position against Greensborough. Turner carved out an unbeaten 160 as part of a 174-run partnership with Matt Chrimes as the Panthers 4/23 to 7/304 come stumps.
The cut-throat battle between the sixth-placed Old Paradians and fourth-placed Heidelberg is on a knife edge at the end of day one. Heidelberg fought a war of attrition with the bat to claw its way to 8/165, leaving the Paradians with a do-or-die mission next week.
Bundoora United needs to do everything right to make finals and put its best foot forward against third-placed Lower Plenty. Led by 4/21 from Lee Solar and 3/24 from Ricky Lee, the Bulldogs routed the Lions for just 104 and will need just a further 76 runs with nine wickets in hand next week.
In fifth place and four points outside of the top four, South Morang is refusing to let its finals chances die without a fight, showing every sign of going for an outright victory against Thomastown United. The Lions scorched through United for just 74 with Trent Harvey finishing with the incredible figures of 4/7 before Karl Heckmann (43) biffed his side to a first innings victory with five wickets in hand.
The blockbuster battle between Hurstbridge and Research Eltham Collegians lived up to its billing with Michael Berry (56), Kussal Edussooryia (43) and David Salvatico (41) having days to remember with the bat for the Bridgers, who posted 214.
Panton Hill v Laurimar: no play
Whittlesea struggled in greasy conditions against Thomastown, registering 9/121 off 65 overs in the battle of the bottom contest. Strike bowler Lukas Fellows was a thorn in the Eagles’ side, finishing with figures of 5/15.