Saturday February 29, 2020
Lower Eltham completed its surge into the top four by defeating Plenty by 73 runs. The Roos claimed their fourth win in five matches on the back of Andrew Hone (39) and Luke Costa (38) providing the body of their innings of 7/174. Needing to win and overcome a massive percentage gap to scrape into finals, the Power had the odds against them from the start and crumbled to 101 all out.
A two-wicket win over the ladder-leading Diamond Creek has seen Heidelberg emerge as a very real premiership contender. Heidelberg became just the second side to defeat the Creek this season with Zach Pett and Lachlan Biggs combining for a 72-run opening stand that gave their side the nerve to hold on and overhaul its target of 149.
Epping’s top order will hit the finals in top gear after Josh Henkel (51 not out), Anthony Licovski (44) and Andrew Bennett (34) bankrolling the Blues’ total of 5/199 against Rosanna. A comfortable 42-run win secured third position on the ladder for Epping.
Riverside has finished in fifth position on the ladder and put the final nail in the coffin of Bundoora’s relegation into Money Shield with a seven-wicket win in the 24th over. The ’Siders stormed through the Bulls for just 110 and Nathan Chrimes (47) and Dillon Pote (36) made short work of the run chase.
Macleod ended its season on a high with a three-wicket win over North Eltham. A superb innings from Rob Wise (77) powered the Eagles to an unlikely win after the Wanderers, in fifth place and needing to win to make finals, posted 182.
A masterclass from Trent Groom wasn’t enough to secure Montmorency a win and a finals berth against Research Eltham Collegians. The Magpie opener massacred the Collegians’ bowlers to hit 170 not out of his side’s 3/236. However, the Collegians’ response was far more multi-faceted as Shannon Malone (67), Brixton Timewell (55) and Josh Turner (50 not out) guided their side to a remarkable five-wicket win.
Banyule enjoyed one more dominant win against Mernda to secure the Money Shield minor premiership before looking to finals. The Bears batted their way to 170 before Nick Murray (4/19) and Mick Hannan (3/19) carved through the Demonsbatting en route to a 73-run win.
The Lalor Stars provided an excellent launching pad for finals by toppling Bundoora United from the top of the ladder with a seven-wicket win. The Stars bowled first and suffocated one of the most dynamic batting orders in Money Shield to 9/129 off 40 overs. Steven Kemp (62) and Aaron Amos (42) put the foot on the accelerator to wrap up a potentially crucial win inside 30 overs.
Eltham will play finals after disposing of Lower Plenty by six wickets. The Panthers chased down the Lions’ 165 thanks to Lloyd Mash (52 not out) and Kieran Sheehan (50) to seal Lower Plenty’s relegation into Mash Shield.
Mill Park defeated Old Paradians to complete an improved season that has seen the Tigers rise from ninth to sixth. Rayan Williams (68) iced a stellar all-round season as Mill Park moved past Old Paradians’ total of 164 for a three-wicket win.
Whittlesea thrashed South Morang by 85 runs, but it wasn’t enough to bridge the gap to give the Eagles a top four berth. Yasith De Silva (74) and Suresh Fernando (52) powered past the 300 and 400-run mark for the season respectively but Thomastown United’s win over Hurstbridge rendered the win moot.
It may have been a dead rubber but Diamond Creek’s thrilling six-run win over Greensborough was undoubtedly the match of the day. The Creek managed to defend a paltry total of 120 with Jackson Elzink (3/29), Jay Watson (2/21) and Callum Sexton (2/20) heroic in their side’s third win in its maiden Mash Shield season.
Laurimar secured second place on the ladder with a 14-run over Panton Hill. Luke Richardson’s 84 was the difference between victory and defeat as the Power made 5/204 held the Redbacks out with Glenn Motschall (69) top scoring in his side’s reply.
Bundoora Park crushed Thomastown in less than 60 overs overall to send a warning shot to its competitors ahead of its maiden DVCA finals series. Satnam Parmar (4/19) and Brad Fox (3/9) were irresistible with the ball in hand, routing Thomastown for just 86 en route to a seven-wicket win.
Thomastown United will play finals for the first time since 2017 after ousting Hurstbridge by 19 runs. Following a modest batting performance of 138, the Kookaburras’ season was on the line with Whittlesea breathing down their necks. Club stalwart Stan Apostola saved the day, bagging 4/17 as Hurstbridge collapsed to 119 all out.