Saturday January 11, 2020
Needing to make up a two-and-a-half game gap to make the top four, Lower Eltham is in the box seat to defeat Rosanna following a five-wicket haul from Luke Costa. Costa finished with figures of 5/60 as the Roos rolled Rosanna for 146 and then strode to 1/56 at stumps.
Epping bounced back from its first loss of the season by hitting 245 against Bundoora. The first wicket stand between Anthony Licovski and Andrew Bennett yielded 55 and there was no escape for the Bulls from there with Josh Henkel (51) registering his first half-century for Epping and John Kulikowski (41) and Shanyn Kearney (30) powering through to stumps with an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand of 74.
It was a tale of two halves for Riverside against Macleod. The ’Siders won the toss and batted with aplomb as a dominant top order display saw Steve Villani (56), Dillon Pote (48) and Nathan Chrimes (41) hammer the score past 200. However, the middle order collapsed in a hurry as the Eagles claimed the final five wickets for as many runs. Macleod will seek to chase 223 and claim its second win in a row next Saturday.
North Eltham has shown no hesitation as it looks to upset Heidelberg and bring itself closer to a top four berth. Tharindu Ranasinghe (4/37) burned through the top order and Jack Young (3/28) did the same to the tail as the Wanderers skittled a highly-fancied batting line-up for 178 and crept 12 runs closer to victory by stumps.
Diamond Creek’s unbeaten run has been put under pressure by Plenty, who hit the highest score yet against the ladder-leaders. Jackson Gavin (56) and Tanuj Rajarathna (51) set the tone early for the Power and the ascendancy was not yielded as Gordon Zull added 41. The Creek must chase 228 next week.
Banyule’s bowling brilliance is showing no signs of abating in the new year as the Bears wrapped up the Research Eltham Collegians for 120. Jeremy Hannan and Gavin McInerny bagged three wickets apiece with Brent O’Connor and Michael Hannan claiming two. After batting for 13 overs, Banyule will need a further 95 runs with nine wickets in hand next week.
The Lalor Stars dominated the first day against Old Paradians and will look to break free of the logjam outside of the top four when they resume their chase of 153 next Saturday. The Stars’ bowling pressure proved too much for the Paradians, with Riley Scott (3/24) and Paul Higgins (3/34) wounding the top order before Aaron Amos and Josh Nixon hustled the reply to 1/66 at the close of play.
Montmorency’s Ruwinda Shaman’s reign as one of the best batsmen in Money Shield with his fourth Shield century in as many seasons against ladder-leaders Bundoora United. Shaman hit 114 in a 173-run third-wicket partnership with Jack Taylor (67). However, outside of Shaman and Taylor the Magpies struggled, particularly against Scott Barnett (4/47), and were dismissed for 224.
Lower Plenty has unexpectedly taken the upper hand against Mill Park. Lithsura Caldera bagged 4/30 in his first Money Shield match of the season with Bill Jenkin claiming three as the Lions skittled the Tigers for just 158 and moved to 2/53 at stumps in pursuit of their first win of the season.
Eltham had to fight out a full day’s play against a determined Mernda to set 9/175 at stumps. Aaron Greenough, Cooper Perrin and Mitch Harris took two wickets each as the highly-fancied Panthers scraped their way to a modest total.
A whirlwind century from Glenn Motschall has given Panton Hill an ominous advantage in its top four battle with Whittlesea. Motschall’s unbeaten 117 included a 125-run fourth-wicket partnership with Will Ashton (76). If the Redbacks defend 260 next week, they will leap-frog Whittlesea and move into fifth position.
Two valiant middle order performances by Trent McNamara and Matt Crawford have given Greensborough a defensible target against ladder-leaders Bundoora Park. The pair came together at 5/48 and pushed to 118 before McNamara fell for 66. Crawford strove on to stumps, finishing unbeaten on 74 as Greensborough set the undefeated Bundoora Park 191 for victory.
Thusith Alburuge’s maiden Mash Shield century saved Thomastown from crashing to a lowly total against Hurstbridge. Alburuge hit 117 of his side’s 212 as an opener to give Thomastown an outside chance of moving into the middle of the ladder.
Thomastown United is emerging as a flag contender after hitting Laurimar for 238. Dulanga Lakmal (98) led the way for the Kookaburras only to be caught within reach of a century but had support from James (43) and Jason Lalios (39).
A destructive spell from Brad Shallard guided Diamond Creek to a first day victory over South Morang. Shallard swept through the Lions to take 6/21 as the Creek skittled South Morang for 60 in the 45th over and then skipped to a 34-run lead by stumps.