Saturday November 16, 2019
If there was any doubt that Diamond Creek’s Dan Gilbert has been the most valuable recruit thus far, it was laid to rest as the Creek opener hit 111 of his side’s 7/228 against Lower Eltham. After hitting 86 and 71 in his first three matches, Gilbert passed the three figures with Tom McLean adding 47.
Steven Villani’s maiden century in Riverside colours pushed his side into a dominant position at the end of the first day’s play against Plenty. Villani hit 102 in an innings that included a 108-run third-wicket partnership with Dillon Pote (39) and a 75-run sixth-wicket stand with Nathan Chrimes (41) that pushed the ’Siders to 295 at stumps.
Heidelberg blitzed Bundoora to claim first innings points with a ten-wicket win. The Bulls won the toss and batted first but were rendered undone by Zach Pett (4/20) and skittled for 79. Openers Lachie Biggs (39) and Justin Whitcher (41) breezed past the target in the final over before stumps to set up the chance for an outright victory next week.
Rosanna needs 111 runs next week to defeat North Eltham and bridge the gap on the top four. Nathan Pietsch (3/37) took the best figures while a pair of run-outs helped bundle the Wanderers out for 144. Two wickets before stumps didn’t help Rosanna’s cause.
Macleod is in serious danger of extending its winless start to the season to four matches after Epping rolled the reigning premiers for 133. Marcus Murphy (3/37), Billy McKeown (3/27) and Jon Lever (2/24) ground their way through the Eagles’ batting line-up to leave their side needing just 120 runs next week with all 10 wickets in hand.
A fighting 79 from Brent Zerafa has put Lower Plenty well and truly in the hunt for its first win of the season against Montmorency. Zerafa’s innings came at a crucial time with Ryan Siede (4/34) and Ruwinda Shaman (3/45) threatening to derail the Lions, who managed to scrape their way to 169.
The Research Eltham Collegians top order linked up to score 205 against Eltham. Josh Turner (59) led the way but he was handed a good launching pad by openers Sean Lamb (32) and Brixton Timewell (27).
Banyule’s all-round muscle was flexed again as the Bears hit 8/263 against Old Paradians. Brent O’Connor (70), Michael Hannan (39) and Joel Crook (28) stacked on the runs before Bailey Neilson (30 not out) stepped up with a valuable lower order knock to underline the depth in the Banyule batting line-up.
Mill Park produced the most unexpected performance of the day by hammering the ladder-leading Lalor Stars for 307. There was no caution shown by the eighth-placed Tigers’ top order: Justin Lyon (35) and Jackson Van Meeuwen (39) opened with audacity and were backed up by a magnificent even century from Dalton Polius that allowed Mill Park to declare with three overs remaining.
Cooper Perrin (64) and Dean Shaw (44) were the lone hands of resistance in an otherwise overwhelmed Mernda batting line-up against Bundoora United. The pair combined for 108 of the Demons 142 and things didn’t get any better for the home side before stumps as Bulldog openers Matt Ross and Nilanka Rukshitha erased 56 runs by the close of play.
Steve Corcoran laid the South Morang bowling attack low in a Herculean innings of 154. The Hurstbridge opener hit the second-highest score in his club’s Mash Shield record books, trailing only Kusal Edussooryia’s 217, to tick the scoreboard over to 288 by stumps.
Panton Hill chipped steadily at building a defensible score against the unbeaten Bundoora Park. Glenn Motschall (49), Josh Barton (41), Steve Fitzgerald and Steve Tung (both 28) formed the heart of the Redbacks’ total of 201.
Thomastown United stunned Greensborough in amassing 9/274 off 80 overs. It was a fine day for openers Sanka Wijegunaranthne (66) and Ravjit Dosanjh (41), who top-scored to give their side a chance to move into the top four with a win next week.
Whittlesea followed up its drought-breaking win over South Morang with its highest ever score in Mash Shield. Nathan Somerville (79), Mitch Komen (61), Nathan (58) and Corey Baker (47) and Brody Bell (36) all had days to remember against Diamond Creek as the Eagles danced their way to 5/299.
Laurimar batted its way to a strong position against Thomastown. The undefeated Power will defend 7/272 next week on the back of Daniel Roberts (78), Luke Richardson and Andrew Nicholls (57).