AROUND THE GROUNDS: BEAVER FEVER AS LYSTERFIELD PREVAILS
By Richard Millott
An even day across all matches in Division 3 with wickets shared and starts attained, with Lysterfield’s Jarrod Moody top scoring with 78* to see the Beavers home against Ferntree Gully. Chasing 120 after Kyle Glynne claimed 3/10 from 8 overs, Lysterfield passed the target 3-down to register the win. Elsewhere, Upper Ferntree Gully held off Belgrave, whilst Upwey, Ferntree Gully Footballers and The Basin all had victories at home. Lysterfield, Upwey and The Basin remain undefeated.
Rhys Marget scored a century against Mountain Gate at HV Jones, with Knox Gardens scoring a big win. The Falcons scored 6/228 from their overs, proving too much for the Gators who were dismissed for 131. Martin Reid put in an all-round performance for Knox-Boronia Churches in their win over Olinda, scoring 86 with the bat and claiming 3/42 with the pill. Rowville were too good for South Belgrave, with Steve Oudshoorn claiming 4/16 for the Hawks, whilst St Johns Tecoma accounted for Monbulk. Knox Gardens sits atop Division 4, with Knox-Boronia Churches and Rowville for close company.
In Division 5, Knox City continue to lead the pack following their win against Lysterfield at Lewis Park, with Bart Hoggett (65*) and Craig Obrien (62) putting on 111 for the 4th wicket to chase down the Beaver’s 4/190. A number of contributors saw Ferntree Gully victorious over Upwey, whilst wins to Knoxfield and The Basin round out the weekend’s action.
Division 6 was another division which was evenly matched this weekend, with Olinda posting 5/191 in their win against Johnson Park. St Johns Tecoma held on to get past Belgrave at Menzies Creek, whilst Wins to Upper Ferntree Gully, Rowville and Knox Gardens saw out the round. Knox Gardens leads Rowville and Olinda.
Ferntree Gully made ease of Rowville in Division 7, with the Blues posting a 9 wicket win thanks to Gavin Kalisperis (70*) and Nick Hallo (35*) posting a 110-run second wicket partnership to chase down the 109 run target. The Basin, Lysterfield and Knoxfield all recorded wins, with all 3 remaining undefeated.
Only 2 matches were completed in Division 8, with wins to Belgrave and Olinda in what appeared to be bowler’s paradises. Monbulk’s Luke Rice claimed 3/8 against Olinda, Kevin Brickley claiming 4/31 in reply to secure the win. Brad Wiseman could do no wrong at St Josephs College, scoring 66 in a big win over St Johns Tecoma, who managed 91 in reply to the Magpies 5/201.
Meanwhile, B1 One Day grade commenced, with only one match taking place. Lysterfield scored 9/171 in response to St John’s Tecoma’s 169. Gary Grenda (53*) led the way for the Saints, whilst Calvin Ohlson (50*) and Bill Davidson (49) saw the Beavers to victory.
In Representative duties, Former South Belgrave junior Glen Maxwell was part of Victoria’s conquering JLT Cup Final against Tasmania at Citipower Centre on 10th October. Batting first, Victoria scored 274 from their 50 overs, defeating the Tigers with ease by 110 runs, Maxwell claiming 1/23 from his 6 overs to be part of his second Domestic One Day Championship. After a stellar Over 50s Australian Championships in Brisbane last week, Rowville’s Darren Hill has been named in the Australian Squad to participate in the Over 50s Cricket World Cup in Sydney in November-December. Hill’s tournament saw 204 run at 68.00, with his highest score of 159 being the highest tournament score – by 97 runs to the next best score.
Meanwhile, the next generation of junior representatives are emerging, with the naming of Outer East Eagles squads for the Victorian Youth Premier League Carnival in January 2019. Jake Mitchell (Eildon Park), Kody Taylor and Rory Harrison (both FTG Footballers) will take part in the Boys Under 14s squad, Knoxfield’s Holly Johnston will represent in the Girls Under 14 squad, whilst 5 representatives line up in the Boys Under 16s – Jake Arundell, Tobey Harkin (both Lysterfield), Matthew Beyer, Liam Goodger (both Upper Ferntree Gully) and Brodie Harrison (FTG Footballers). Eildon Park’s Govind Nandini and Rowville’s Trishane DeSilva will play also for the Southern Pioneers.