PROVINCIAL PERFECT AS GULLY SEES OFF PREMIERS IN COUNTRY WEEK OPENER
By Richard Millott
Ferntree Gully’s return to Provincial kicked off on the perfect note, spoiling the party of last year’s Premiers, Mornington Peninsular CA in the tournament opener.
Winning the toss and taking first use of the deck at Adrian Butler Oval in Frankston, FTGDCA flew out of the blocks thanks to Pete Dunlop and Steve Devenish, the duo putting on 70 runs in the opening 10 overs before Devenish departed for 37 from 29 balls. Dunlop kept up the progress against the Peninsular bowling attack before falling for 49 after seeing through the opening hour to be 3/100.
Skipper Tom Boxell set the pace during the middle overs with 31, with steady partners around in the form of Jarrod Butcher (19), Jayden Bradbury (30) and Jayden Turcinovic (15) nudging the score past 200 before wickets concluding the innings on 209 in the 43rd over.
Early breakthroughs to Cameron Wheeler had the Premiers at 2/29 before a rebuild settled the batting lineup. Steve Devenish and Josh Lindner combined to remove the resistance at the crease to have Mornington at 5/109 in chase. Jake Sherriff took the ball and ultimately the game away as a contest, claiming the next 3 wickets before Lindner and Devenish returned to give Ferntree Gully the win in it’s return into Provincial.
Sherriff was the pick of the bowling card, his 3/27 from 10 overs providing a challenge to Mornington at key moments. Steve Devenish claimed 3/31 from 9 overs in an equally pivotal role whilst Cameron Wheeler (2/33 from 10 overs) and Josh Lindner (2/20 from 7 overs) rounded out the day with multiple wickets to their names.
Skipper Tom Boxell was wrapped with the performance of the team, with several contributors bringing home the performance.
“We started well with the bat with Steve and Pete setting us up nicely in the early stages scoring quickly”, said Boxell. “Then we followed with the middle order which was quite steady with myself, Butch and Jayden building momentum towards a good score.
“With the pill, our bowling was outstanding. Jake and Cam were in a class above today and will do well in the attack, and of course Steve bowled very well too giving us breakthroughs across the day.
“Overall, a great return to Provincial and great to start the campaign with one in the W-column.”
Ferntree Gully will have to wait until tomorrow to see where today’s result places them as the rest of the competition commence on Monday.
Tuesday’s fixture will see Ferntree Gully looking to place well in their pool with a second win, with the match against Traralgon & District CA being hosted at Sydney Pargeter Recreation Reserve (Evans), Endeavour Hills commencing from 10am.