By Julian Bayard
MERINDA Park batsman Tim Peebles became the third Cobras’ player to score a century in WGCA B-grade round 13, reaching 136 as his side easily accounted for Beaconsfield at Donnelly Reserve at the weekend.
Merinda Park reached 4/296 from just 59 overs against the Tigers, with Marty Oke the only multiple wicket taker for Beaconsfield with two wickets.
Emerald narrowly missed out on an outright victory in its match against Cardinia, with the Bulls being dismissed for just 57 and 145 in their two innings, with Emerald reaching 5/50 at stumps from nine overs, falling agonisingly short of maximum points.
Last week, Emerald scored 150 batting first, before Rod Smith claimed 7/28 from 11.4 overs on day two to give the Bombers the ascendancy.
In Cardinia’s second innings, Emerald bowlers Cam Williams and Robert Wynne both bowled well to take four wickets each.
Upper Beaconsfield scored a strong victory in its match against Clyde, with the Maroons scoring 9/200 from their 70 overs after Clyde was dismissed for 92 last week.
Maroons’ youngster Taylor Joyce batted well to score 45 runs, while club legend Chris Reid also batted with class to score 47 not-out at number-nine.
Kooweerup’s batsmen proved to be too strong for Pakenham Upper-Toomuc (PUT), with the Demons scoring 5/175 to easily claim victory after the Yabbies were dismissed for just 171 last week.
For Kooweerup, Michael Glasscock (50 runs) and David Lennon (48 runs) both batted well after their side looked in trouble at 5/99.
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Devon Meadows proved too strong for Emerald in their match at Glover Reserve, with the Panthers scoring 6/137 in reply to the Bombers’ 102.
David Carson was the pick of the batsmen for the home side with 55 runs, while Derek Scott again bowled well for Emerald to take 3/37 from 24 overs.
Officer was unable to chase down Tooradin’s total of 143, being dismissed for 127 in reply.
Peter O’Hare was the chief-destroyer for the Seagulls with 4/46 from 18 overs, while Greg and Dale Bethune also bowled well to take three and two wickets respectively.
PUT’s batsmen displayed their class in the Yabbies’ victory over Catani, with PUT reaching 9/265 from 72.1 overs.
Brent Ferguson (65 runs) and captain Ben Jarred (61 runs) were the pick of the batsmen, while Catani bowler Ben Ferrari-Mela bowled well on his way to 3/31 from eight overs.
Pakenham easily accounted for Beaconsfield’s total of 102, reaching 6/137 from 47.3 overs, with under-17 batsman Rafferty Visser (54 runs) and opening batsman Paul Hart (40 runs) doing the job for the Lions.
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Cardinia batsman Matt Adlam became the second Bull this weekend to score a century, making 102 runs in his side’s comprehensive victory over Nyora.
The Bulls scored 8/311 from just 50 overs against the Maroons, with Cameron Haynes backing up Adlam by scoring a fine 67 not-out.
Pakenham’s total of 212 proved too strong for Kilcunda-Bass, with the Sharks dismissed for just 140 in reply after Matt McCormick bowled well to take 3/36 from 15 overs.
Kilcunda-Bass under-17 batsman Jarred Newsome was the best of the Sharks’ players with 58 runs.
Lyndhurst inflicted an outright victory over Kooweerup in its match at Barry Simon Reserve, reaching 5/295 before dismissing the Demons for just 75.
Don Tasevski backed up his hat-trick last week with a magnificent 81 runs on day two, while Garry Godfrey (73 runs) and Martin Davies (62 runs) also batted well.
Chris Slater then claimed 4/16 from seven overs to ensure the Vikings gained maximum points.
Sixty-seven runs from Justin Smith and 50 not-out from Matt Murphy ensured Nar Nar Goon-Maryknoll won its match against Merinda Park, with the Marygoons scoring 6/203 in reply to the Cobras’ 164.
Merinda Park bowler Grant Pearson toiled hard all day to take 5/35 from his 25 overs.
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Cranbourne Meadows achieved an outright victory over Clyde in their match at Hilcrest Christian College, with the Rebels dismissing Clyde for 66 and 166, before scoring 4/187 and 2/51 themselves.
Jeremy Ryan was the best of the Rebels’ bowlers taking six wickets across both innings, while Trevor Poole eventually reached his century when he scored 100 not out.
Officer’s total of 173 was not enough to defeat Merinda Park, with the Cobras scoring 6/248 in reply on the back of an excellent 68 not-out from captain Dion Olszewski.
At Tynong Recreation Reserve, PUT cruised to victory against Tooradin, easily surpassing the Seagulls’ total of 125 for the loss of just five wickets, reaching 5/138 with skipper Craig Spicer batting well for his 58 not-out.
Emerald won a close encounter against Pakenham, dismissing the Lions for 150 after scoring 159 last week.
Colin Burns, Chris Alenson and Jesse Dodd all bowled well for the Bombers to take three wickets each.
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It was a heartbreak moment for Nar Nar Goon-Maryknoll batsman Ashley Bailey in the Marygoons’ match against Lyndhurst, being dismissed for 99 runs as his side reached 9/342 in reply to the Vikings’ total of 223.
Both Peter Haxell and Will Evans also batted well for the Marygoons to score 56 and 51 runs respectively.
Gembrook batsman Matthew Bardwell also narrowly missed out on scoring a century in his side’s loss against Upper Beaconsfield, with the number-three batsman scoring an excellent 95 runs.
Searching for an outright victory, the Maroons were stopped in their tracks by Bardwell’s excellent innings, with his side reaching 6/169 declared, after being dismissed for just 77 last week.
Beaconsfield scored an outright victory in its match against Lang Lang, reaching 5/236 from just 37 overs, with batsman Jamie Ingham (97 runs) and Greg Butler (90 runs) also falling narrowly short of triple-figure scores.
Lang Lang was then dismissed for just 136 in its second innings, before the Tigers’ scored 1/44 from nine overs to gain maximum points.
Devon Meadows scored a comprehensive victory in its match against PUT, dismissing the Yabbies for just 69 on the back of 7/35 from opening bowler Lincoln Hepburn.
The Yabbies then scored 7/97 in their second innings to avoid outright defeat.
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Kooweerup proved to be too strong for Officer after the Bullants were dismissed for just 84 runs, while at Beaconsfield, SFX reached 9/136 after dismissing the Tigers for just 81 runs.
Cardinia produced a sensational batting display in its victory over PUT, scoring 8/250 from 33 overs before the Yabbies were dismissed for 219 in reply, while Clyde batsmen Gavin McGuinness and Darren Tanner both scored half-centuries in the Cougars’ victory over Merinda Park.
Emerald won its match against Cranbourne Meadows by 10 wickets after dismissing the Rebels for just 87, while at Kilcunda-Bass, Lyndhurst produced a strong batting display to score 7/154 after the Sharks had earlier reached 151 from their 35 overs.
Nyora scored a terrific victory in its match against Devon Meadows, scoring 6/258 after the Panthers had earlier scored 8/234.