By Steve Brown
Top guns the Knoxfield Knights defeated Knox Gardens in round 8 of the Reeves Shield in a T20 fixture, but not until the scores were deadlocked twice and two super overs were required to separate the teams. Knoxfield batted first, posting 6/146 with the inform Tom Boxell contributing an unbeaten 57. In reply Knox Gardens pair Jarrod Butcher (42) and Niraj DeSilva (37) almost got the Falcons over the line but a run out on the last ball of the innings tied the game at 146 apiece.
A super over was then implemented and the result remained gridlocked until Knoxfield scored 6 runs from a second super over and grabbed the golden wicket to end a thriller.
Eildon Park had the game under control against Mt Gate after the Morris brothers dominated with the willow. The association’s leading run scorer Cody Morris smashed 53 to take his tally to over 400 runs for the season. The Panthers won by 50 runs despite a fine 48 from Mt Gate’s Sanitha De Mel.
The Basin 4/113, without Jake Best due to Victorian Country X1 duties, knocked over second placed Upper Gully 110 with 19 balls to spare. Danny Rundle top scored for the Bears with 25 but it was Steve Ryan who performed best with 20 and 2/17 for the winners. The Basin is now two wins out of the top four with four matches to play.
Monbulk won their first game of the season in a surprise victory over Belgrave by 54 runs in a match where 20 wickets fell for the day. Monbulk veteran Dave Williams promoted for the shorter version plundered 51 and leg spinner Craig Broekhof took 4/14 in the best performance of the day. Belgrave’s chances of finals action appear to be all over.
Upwey Tecoma moved to second place on the table after accounting for the luckless Ferntree Gully. Former Lysterfield players Steve Moore and Nick Whitty both scored half centuries for the Upwey Tigers. Bryce Galvin and Ryan Handley led from the front but it was not enough for the Gully who also miss a finals berth.
Battle of the round in Decoite Shield saw Footballers too good for Lysterfield as Nick Bogar dominated with 3/17 then followed up with 38 not out with the bat, as his team chased a modest 71. Nothing went right for the Beavers with the only shining light being the emergence of 14 year old off spinner Jack Conroy who claimed 3/6. Conroy is an exciting young prospect with outstanding potential.
Knoxfield polished off the highly fancied Johnson Park by 21 runs with Josh Hillyer the star with 68.
South Belgrave’s Ash Hart (44) saw his team home by 11 runs against Olinda with Cameron Smith taking 3/30 while Jarrod Parlby and Kyle Chandler helped St Johns Tecoma defeat Rowville in a close one.
Eildon Park 3/148 (B. Morris 38 C. Morris 53 Cosstick 36) def Mountain Gate 98 (Demel 48)
Upwey Tecoma 4/142 (Moore 55* Whitty 52) def Ferntree Gully 5/140 (Galvin 40 Handley 36*)
Monbulk 152 (Williams 51 Shirwan 38 Carnell 3/21) def Belgrave 98 (Broekhof 4/14)
The Basin 4/113 (Rundle 25) def Upper Gully 110
Knoxfield 6/146 (Boxell 57* Taylor 30) & 3/6 & 0/6 (super over) def Knox Gardens 7/146 (Butcher 42 Desilva 37) & 2/6 & 1/0 (in second super over)
Knoxfield 3/144 (Hillyer 68 L Scanlan 42) def Johnson Park 8/123 (D. Devenish 47)
Footballers 4/74 ( Bogar 38* Conroy 3/6) def Lysterfield 9/71 (Bogar 3/17)
South Belgrave 9/139 (Hart 44 Sutherland 37 McDermott 31) def Olinda 8/128 (Smith 3/30)
St Johns Tecoma 7/147 (Chandler 38 Parlby 38) def Rowville 7/142 (Bandaranaike 39)
Eildon Park 5/134 (Edwards 57*) def Mountain Gate 58
Knox Gardens 4/192 (Stuckey 58 McLean 51* Wylde 39) def Knox Boronia Churches 116
The Basin 3/161 (Cook 65 Latham 34) def Upper Gully 127 (Debernardi 4/18 Winters 3/18)
Ferntree Gully 4/127 (Catalano 40 Delaney 37*) def Upwey Tecoma 7/123 (Buck 31)
Monbulk 6/141 (Simmonds 79 Broley 3/16) def Belgrave 8/128 (O’Connor 30)
Rowville 7/148 (Tierney 33 J.Sidhu 42 Perkins 3/15) def St Johns Tecoma 9/130 (Chandler 39 Ingram 37* B. Sidhu 3/20)
Johnson Park 5/143 (Barrington 53 Sim 31* Rumpf 3/19) def Eildon Park 7/117 (Pollard 33)
Footballers 7/90 def Lysterfield 89 (Binks 39 Harbour 3/16)