Saturday November 9, 2019
Diamond Creek stomped its way to a 69-run victory over Heidelberg in this round’s rain-reduced one-day match. Opening batsmen Dan Gilbert (71) and Jacob Ramsey (60) spread the Heidelberg field with a partnership of 140 and from there the Creek was never threatened. Heidelberg’s chase stumbled early with Ryan Tolley (2/5) capturing the big wicket of Lachie Biggs and Gilbert continuing his outstanding form for his new club with three wickets.
Epping extrapolated its red-hot form to the one-day format with a 38-run win over Rosanna. Tom Emmins hit 63 to lead an otherwise modest batting performance of 6/162 from 40 overs before stalwart John Lever delivered a bowling masterclass as he claimed 6/25.
Plenty stole a thrilling one-wicket win over Lower Eltham in a high-scoring encounter at Eltham Lower Park. Matt Costa (44) and Andrew Hone (52*) powered the top and middle order respectively as the Roos posted an imposing 8/212. However, the Power had the depth as Tanu Rajarathna (65), Mitch Johnson (51) and Gordon Zull (40*) fought off a roller-coaster innings to bring their side to a confidence-boosting win at the end of the 39th over.
North Eltham made light work of Macleod’s total of 160 and left the reigning premiers stranded winless on the bottom of the ladder at the end of Round 3. Jack Young’s unbeaten 60 was supported by Tharindu Mudayanselage’s 30 and Dilasri Lokubandara’s 24 as the Wanderers cruised past Macleod’s total with seven wickets to spare.
Riverside went back-to-back with a four-wicket win over Bundoora. The Bulls were held to just 136 off their 40 overs as Chris Salm (3/18) and Nathan Chrimes (2/10) choked the run rate off their eight overs and opener Sean Money then tipped the odds heavily in his side’s favour as he cracked an unbeaten 63.
Andrew Lamont penned another superb innings to guide Eltham to a 10-wicket win over Lower Plenty. After his bowlers had reduced the Lions to 9/109, the opening Panther took centre stage with an unbeaten 81 that included 12 fours. It took Lamont and partner Taylann Luckman (30*) just over 26 overs to bring their side its second win of the season.
A commanding all-round performance from Ruwinda Shaman settled the matter for Montmorency against Research Eltham Collegians. Shaman claimed 5/20 in the Collegians’ modest total of 129 and then biffed an unbeaten 70. Daniel Leahy found the time to score 43 as the Magpies celebrated an eight-wicket win.
Banyule added another impressive performance with an eight-wicket win over Mernda. Jeremy Hannan (4/26) and Nick Murray (4/17) waxed and waned to skittle the Demons for just 114 and then it was the top order’s turn to perform: Jake Smith (47*) and Brent O’Connor (41) carried their side to a win in just over 26 overs.
It was a run-feast at WA Smith Reserve as the Lalor Stars overhauled Bundoora United’s total of 229. Matt Ross (83) top-scored as the Bulldogs dominated for 40 overs. However, as with their Round 2 win over Montmorency, once the Stars got going there was no way of stopping the flood of runs. Steve Kemp (83) and Alex Manoilovski (79) erased 135 runs for the first wicket but it went down to the second-last ball of the innings for the Stars to win by four wickets with Ricky Mittica bringing the win up with a 6.
Mill Park dusted itself from the wreckage of its massive loss to Banyule to defeat Old Paradians by three wickets. Justin Lyon (67) and Dalton Polius (55) blitzed with the bat and the Tigers snatched their first win of the season with three overs left in the day.
91 from Dulanga Lakmal wasn’t enough to prevent Thomastown United sliding to an eight-wicket loss to Hurstbridge. Lakmal just couldn’t find a partner as his side was reduced to 132 all out. It took just four Hurstbridge batsmen to get the job done and cement their side’s place atop the ladder.
Laurimar outmuscled Panton Hill to win its third successive match of the season by 85 runs. A broad top order effort saw the Power build 8/202 before another bag from Chris Marienfield (4/18) put the skids under the Redbacks’ reply and they petered out to 9/117 at close of innings.
Bundoora Park continues its bold start to its time in Mash Shield with a third consecutive win. The Park chased down Thomastown’s 7/184 on the back of an unbeaten 78 from Brad Fox with Ryan Miller adding a polished 55. The unbeaten Power moves to third on the ladder, trailing only Laurimar and Hurstbridge.
Greensborough secured its first win of the season after a staggering innings from opener Tom Vilchez. With his side batting first against Diamond Creek, Vilchez powered an unbeaten 96 in a 132-run second-wicket stand with John Perichon (48). The Creek was sent in to chase down 180 before losing its way in the attempt to boost the run rate. A pair of run-outs and two wickets to Nevmin Hewage crashed the top order down and the Creek ended its 40 overs at 7/145.
Whittlesea is celebrating its first win since Round 10 last season after defeating South Morang by 63 runs. The Eagles’ total of 9/187 was always secure once the Lions lost two early wickets.