By Steve Brown
The completion of round 11 of the Norm Reeves Shield saw some interesting results as the
top four is almost set in stone. Ferntree Gully were always in control at Argyle Way
chasing 216 set by Knox Gardens despite the ground being top dressed with sand mid
week. The Gully has found their feet a little too late in the season despite some injuries
to key players. A patient 91 from Harrison Brown who has found his place at the top of the
batting order, combined with super talented Bryce Galvin helped the Blues to a six wicket
win over the Falcons. Big hitting Galvin decided that if the ball struggled to reach the
boundary along the ground then he would go over the top and his brief innings of 85 from
just 49 balls took the game away from the opposition. Brown was last man out after facing
almost 200 balls at the crease.
Mountain Gate produced their best game of the season at the expense of The Basin. The
Bears set the Gators 270 and had one eye on the top four with Upwey Tecoma leaving the
door open; however Mountain Gate was having none of that. A remarkable unbeaten
century by Clint Buckland and a 53 run ninth wicket partnership with Anthony Davis held the Gators together winning by three runs and dissolved any chance of the Bears challenging for the
premiership. It was a hard day at the office for Scott Vozzo who took 3/87 from 22 over’s on
his 40th birthday.
At Upwey, runs were as rare as hen’s teeth where Eildon Park (102) defeated Upwey
Tecoma by 10 runs, despite a brilliant performance from Feaver Medal favourite Cameron
Wheeler. “Hot Wheels” collected his best figures with the ball capturing 8/49 from 24
over’s. Both teams were searching for batting coaches after Upwey went to the crease a
second time but managed only 9/125 before stumps were called.
Flag favourite’s the Knoxfield Knights held all the aces at Carrington Park and defended 331
against Belgrave. Jake Balfour was the only highlight of day two with 69 as the Magpies
finished with 7/210.
Upper Ferntree Gully (7/331) secured first innings points on day one over bottom side
Monbulk (95) and once Josh Dowling reach his century, skipper Peter Dunlop invited
Monbulk to bat again. Unfortunately the Hawks were unable to combat leg spinner Robbie
Burnie (6/27) and they were spun out for 110 giving the Kings maximum points and a
possible home final.
It’s difficult to select a favourite for the premiership in Decoite Shield with all top four
contenders a genuine chance. Johnson Park (226) blew a century opening stand going
down to Lysterfield (235) by 9 runs with 4 balls to spare. Once again, Beavers leg spinner
Brad Paull continues to cause havoc bagging another five wicket haul. Knoxfield had a
great win over Rowville to the tune of 22 runs with Brendan Swan taking 5/35 for the
Knights. Footballers ventured to Olinda and left with ten points after former Sri Lanka “A”
fast bowler Tharanga Lakshita produced 7 wickets and a quick fire 60 not out. Despite
75 from Andrew Evans, St Johns Tecoma went down to South Belgrave by 48 runs.
RON NEVILLE – VALE
The Association has lost one of our most loved life members with the passing of Ron Neville
on Saturday. Ron was a terrific umpire combined with a great sense of humour and a
fantastic junior administrator. He will be sadly missed. Condolences to Wilma and the