CRICKET RETURNS FOR 2018, BRINGS RAIN WITH IT
Cricket returned to the Association for 2018 – albeit briefly as Melbourne’s fickle weather ensured a bare minimum of play possible.
Knoxfield were able to bowl the most at their opponents in Upwey as the Tigers are 2/88 with rain closing proceedings. Cameron Wheeler (37*) and Steve Moore (33*) lead the attack with the willow and will be looking to push on next week to sizable scores.
Blake Walter helped take The Basin to a strong position in their match with Johnson Park, Walter responsible for an unbeaten 49 amongst the Bear’s 1/90 scoreline.
Jay Colee didn’t let a little water affect the task at hand, claiming 3/8 for Upper Ferntree Gully in their match against Mountain Gate. The Gators with a chance to regroup following Saturday’s deluge and attempt to recover from being 5/48 from 26.3 overs.
Mark Teofilo demonstrated to the Knox Gardens faithful that he has enjoyed the Big Bash so far, knocking up a quickfire 70 in Ferntree Gully’s innings against the Falcons. The Blues are 2/109 at the crease, with Jake Evans also beginning to feature on 32*
Eildon Park made a solid start to their encounter with Belgrave. Whilst only 22 overs were bowled, it was enough time for David Smyth to help the Panthers to 3/75, 37 runs coming from his own bat.
In Decoite Shield, Monbulk proved there was no Christmas hangover in a strong display against St Johns Tecoma. The Hawks were 1/142 when rain intervened at the 28th over, Tom Watson (60) and Brodie Emmett (48*) the main culprits
Daniel Forster-Jennings helped kickstart Lysterfield against Ferntree Gully Footballers knocking up half of the total so far. Forster-Jennings scored 32 of the Beavers’ 3/64.
Rowville are in a sound position against Olinda, the Hawks having their opponents at 5/60 from 25 overs. Brett Gatehouse having the most success with the pill, claiming a progressive 3/22.
In the final match of Decoite action for the week, Knoxfield found the scoring slow against South Belgrave, with 2/37 from 23 overs.
Meanwhile, at the 2018 Australian Country Cricket Championships, Knoxfield’s Jake Taylor has performed well to help Victoria Country to a solid position in the competition. Taylor has accumulated 116 runs at 23.2, highlighted by an impressive 63 against Western Australia. Also in Geraldton for the ACCC, The Basin’s Jake Sherriff has skilled with the ball, with a collection of 8 wickets at 27.8, his best return coming against New South Wales.