BASIN TAME KNIGHTS TO LEAD NORM REEVES
The Basin have spoiled Knoxfield’s perfect start to the season, defeating them on home turf.
On the back of Jayden Turcinovic’s unbeaten 134 the week before, Jake Sherriff (4/22) and Josh Lee (4/46) combined to leave the visiting Knights in an unassailable position. For the visitors, Jake Balfour (36), Tom Boxell (33) and Trent Scholfield (31) all made starts before being dismissed for 166 in search of the Bears’ 7/260.
Ferntree Gully overhauled the target set by Johnson Park, with the Blues posting 194. Mark Teofilo posted 49, whilst Jake Evans (34) and Bryce Galvin (33) were positive with the willow. For the Sharks, Ben Stallworthy was the pick of the bowlers with 4/56, well supported by Liyan De Silva with 3/46.
An unbeaten 95 from Dewayne Bowden wasn’t enough to help Mountain Gate in their encounter with Eildon Park, falling well short of the target. Bowden’s knock, along with yet another collection of runs to Clint Buckland (57) were thwarted by the bowling of Nathan Caton-Robertson, pick of the Panther bowlers with 3/66 and consigning the Gators to be dismissed for 190.
Upwey logged the 6 points to the tally against Upper Ferntree Gully. Matt Mulcahy scored a half century (52) in search of the King’s 148, with Steve Moore adding 43 to the total of 8/150. For the Kings, Jay Colee claimed 3/33 in the narrow encounter.
Belgrave was unable to overcome Knox Gardens, with the target of 210 proving too much. Aaron Brunner lead the way with 56, with Chris Paul adding 33 to the Magpies. Adam “Crystal” Metherell played his part in reducing the chase, ending the day singing the club song with 4/43 as the Falcons restricted Belgrave to 145.
A three-way logjam at the top of the table with The Basin leading from Knoxfield and Ferntree Gully, all with 30 points. A match back, Knox Gardens holds 4th spot from Upper Ferntree Gully, with Upwey half a match back in 6th. Eildon Park, Belgrave, Mountain Gate and Johnson Park round out Norm Reeves Shield after 7 rounds.
Decoite Shield saw big wins recorded, with Ferntree Gully Footballers crowing loudly in their win over Rowville. Set 8/298 for victory, the Hawks were under the pump, with James Cross the lead batsman with 30. In contrast for the Griffins, Tharanga Lakshita took 4/27 to help keep Rowville to 119.
Likewise, Lysterfield were in search of maximum points against Olinda, passing the target and declaring soon after at 1/142. Scott Peatling top scored on 65*, with partner in crime Anthony Brolic at the other end with 55*. The Beavers had a second crack at Olinda, with Tim Scott knocking up 46, whilst Adam Kinniburgh took 3/34 to keep Olinda to 6/98 at the game’s conclusion.
St Johns Tecoma tasted victory against Knoxfield, overcoming 200 runs to win. Andrew Evans scored 79* to lead the Saints to 7/201 and claim the 6 points on offer.
Monbulk were too good for South Belgrave, with Shane Cosstick registering an unbeaten Century with 103*. Cosstick’s century for the Hawks was the backbone of the run chase, finishing on 6/188 having passed South’s 138.
Ferntree Gully Footballers sit atop of proceedings from Monbulk, with a 15 point gap back to South Belgrave and Rowville. Lysterfield sit a match outside the four, whilst St John’s win leapfrogs over Olinda who hold out Knoxfield.