By Tyler Lewis
WGCA DISTRICT AND SUB-DISTRICT DIVISION
REVIEW – ROUND 12
Upper Beaconsfield cashed in on its match against Emerald.
After opting to bat, Maroons were bowled out for 175.
Chad McDonald provided some well-needed late fireworks for Upper Beaconsfield, clubbing 68 from just 62 balls, a knock that included four to the fence and four over it.
With the ball, for Emerald, it was Dave MacDonald who was the most threatening.
He claimed 3/32 from his 6.3 overs.
In reply, it didn’t look overly promising in the early stages for the Maroons when Bombers openers Mitch Copey (36) and Owen Thorne (20) put on 59 without loss.
But it was the duo of Daniel Brennan (3/23) and Ethan Hollings (3/28) who ran riot with the Kookaburra.
Officer, meanwhile, registered one of the more commanding victories over Clyde.
The Bullants fell to 1/4 early on in the innings and 2/34 before a monster partnership from Daniel Glen (74) and Peter Quinn (68).
The pair added 141 in a swift manner as the Bullants finished with 7/251 from their 40 overs.
In the second innings, Officer made light work of the Clyde, rolling them for just 95.
Leigh Boyle was impossible to get away, jagging 5/31 from his eight.
He wasn’t alone, however, as Ash Smith claimed 4/12 from six overs.
A home final still beckons for Carlisle Park as it recorded another win over Pakenham Upper/Toomuc.
The Vikings were sent in by the Yabbies and made the most of the opportunity with the bat early.
Ravindu Kodithuwakku continued his strong season, notching 66, as the Vikings posted 172.
In reply, the Yabbies could only manage 126, with Kodithuwakku stealing the show once again, jagging 3/32 from his eight overs.
Two rounds remain in the West Gippsland District season. The final round, as it stands, will play host to an array of finals appetisers, with first taking on fourth, and second taking on third.
Kooweerup claimed victory over Tooradin in their top four bout.
The Dees were in early trouble, losing opener Paul Bright in the early stages of the day, but managed to turn it around off the performances from Ayden Mills (60) and young gun Mitch Cammarano (58).
The super-experienced Michael Giles provided some late fireworks, with a dashing 60 from just 35
deliveries which included three fours and four sixes.
The Demons finished with a mighty 4/241 at the end of the first dig.
The Gulls were on the back foot from the outset and couldn’t reel their total in, falling for 185.
Arie Hazendonk claimed 3/35 seven overs.
Luke Adams was the pick of the batsmen for the Gulls, notching an unbeaten 47 late in the innings from just 36 deliveries.
Cardinia, meanwhile, recorded a mammoth win over Merinda Park on Saturday.
The Cobras opted to bat and were bundled out for 100 in the 38th over, with Trent Wheller nabbing 3/4 from just 2.4 overs.
In reply, the Bulls reeled in the total with all 10 wickets in the shed inside 22 overs as Brad Reiner (50 not out) and Pat Nolen (44 not out) put on an unbeaten stand.
Pakenham also registered a commanding win over Cranbourne Meadows.
The Rebels batted first and were in all sorts early on at 2/7, but managed to fight to 149.
Rebels skipper Sibghat Ullah fought hard for his 41.
Youngster Marcus Martini was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 4/21.
In reply, the Lions made the chase look elementary as they raced past the total with six wickets in hand and almost 10 overs to spare.
Despite suffering a heavy defeat Ullah, again, with the ball was impressive, claiming 1/13 from eight including three maidens. The only player in his side to record a maiden for the day.
Cranbourne Meadows has an important two matches ahead with two current top two clashes, which could determine its positioning in the top four.
Lang Lang, meanwhile, remained a top two
fancy after comfortably defeating Officer on Saturday.
The Swamp Tigers posted a strong total of 8/201, in sheer demonstration of depth, they had no batsmen reach over 40, but seven reach double figures.
In reply, the Bullants could only manage 6/174 from their 40 overs.
Wayne Duke was the pick of the batsmen for the Bullants, knocking around 30 from 80 balls, while Cooper Pursell made a late dash at the total with the swing of his blade, smacking 31 from just 22 late in the innings for Officer.