WGCA District divisions – round 10, day 1

By Julian Bayard
AFTER the first nine rounds of the District division failed to produce any centuries, both Nyora’s Troy Ferguson and Emerald’s Andrew Walker brought up magnificent triple figure scores in round 10.
At Pakenham, Ferguson’s innings of 111 provided the backbone of Nyora’s massive total of 334 from 77.5 overs.
With the Maroons in a little bit of trouble at 2/28, Ferguson combined with big hitting Daniel Morrison (46 runs) for a 71-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
When Morrison was dismissed just short of a half century, Maroons’ skipper Nick Fairbank walked to the crease and continued his rich vein of form, blasting nine boundaries on his way to 80 runs, combining with Ferguson for a 142-run partnership.
Adam Tagliaferro then scored 41 not out to ensure the Maroons’ total pushed well past 300.
For the Lions, Dom Paynter, Ben Maroney and Ryan Kitchin all took three wickets.
At Chandler Reserve in Emerald, Bombers’ number three batsman Andrew Walker was destructive against Devon Meadows, blasting 146 to help his side to 8/273 from 80 overs.
Walker smashed 17 boundaries and four sixes in his stunning innings, taking his season runs tally to 305.
Walker was well supported by number four batsman Matthew Livermore who scored a fine 46 runs, while for the Panthers, Peter Zauner (3/34 from 17 overs) and Bruce Watson (3/66 from 12 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.
Upper Beaconsfield can once again thank John Simpson for providing it with a defendable total against Clyde, with the number four batsman scoring a patient 75 not out to help the Maroons to 173 from 77.1 overs.
Clyde was sensational in the field, with both Shane Webster (3/17 from 12 overs) and Ross Elston (3/46 from 14 overs) the pick of the bowlers.
Merinda Park looks to be in a winning position in its match at Kilcunda/Bass, with the Sharks being dismissed for 167 from 55 overs before the visitors reached 2/65 from 21 overs at stumps.
Once again Ash Oats was the best of the Kilcunda/Bass batsmen, top scoring with an innings of 81 runs that included seven boundaries and two sixes.
Craig Boswell was the chief destroyer for the Cobras, taking 4/24 from 15 excellent overs.


It was a heart-break moment at Lawson Poole Recreation Reserve on Saturday as Cranbourne Meadows’ batsman Shane White was dismissed for 98 as his side scored 295 from 80 overs against Nar Nar Goon/Maryknoll.
White was well supported by Josh Paxton-White who reached 53 runs, while Marygoons’ under-17 opening bowler Joey Sweeney bowled brilliantly to take 4/67 from 17 overs.
Lyndhurst looks to be in a winning position in its match against Lang Lang after the Vikings smashed 301 from 73 overs before the Swamp Tigers collapsed before stumps to be 2/11 from four overs overnight.
For the Vikings, Aaron Straughair was superb for his side, blasting 75 runs at the top of the order, while captain David Nutting continued his fine form by scoring 62 runs.
For Lang Lang, both opening bowlers Stephen Douglas (3/52 from 13 overs) and Wayne Atta (3/53 from 13 overs) toiled hard all day to be the best players for the Swamp Tigers.
Gembrook produced one of its finest batting displays of the season by scoring 139 from 77.2 overs against St Francis Xavier Old Collegians.
Gembrook captain Jeremy Everett was the saviour for his side, scoring 35 runs after the visitors had been in trouble at 6/56.
For the Saints, both Brad Hunt and Leigh Otten bowled well to take three wickets each.
At Beaconsfield, the Tigers produced an excellent batting display to score 212 from 74 overs against Tooradin before picking up a late Seagulls’ wicket to leave the visitors reeling at 1/0 overnight.
Earlier, Rick Colling continued to show why he is one of the finest players in the competition with an excellent 58 at number seven, while Damien McMaster chipped in with 41 runs to see the Tigers’ total past 200.
Unfortunately, there are no statistics available from Tooradin at the time of writing this report.

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