Seahorses scuttle Demons in Championship race to finals
Date of Event : Tue Feb 6, 2018 1:33PM
Dan Ford scored a century for South Caulfield in Division 2 against Aspendale. Photo: Ron Weil

Last Saturday saw the completion of Round 12 in the Championship Division with Hampton the big winners when they defeated second placed Bentleigh.

It was Hampton’s Jack Murphy peeling off his second century (119) to follow up his 104 the previous match against Chelsea. Chasing Bentleigh’s 285 from the previous week, Tom Meredith (92) top scored and Hampton’s Jarrod Hewitt grabbed 4/68. Murphy lost opening partner Dan Forbes (20) with the score at 38 and was joined by Jeremy Lawlor (66), the pair taking the score to 193 before Murphy was dismissed by Jarrod Dowling (2/21). With support from Hamish Scully (20) and Anthony Quon (21) the Seahorses reached the target 8 wickets down. Mitchell Spencer (4/82) for the Demons as the Hampton win set-up the Championship for an interesting last 2 matches as 5 teams (Bentleigh, Carnegie, Bonbeach, Hampton and Beaumaris) juggle to lock in spots 2-3 and 4 for finals.

South Caulfield took full advantage of the deck at Bonbeach in the first week and quickly dismissed Bonbeach for 43 in 16.5 overs with Afan Sheriff 5/13. South Caulfield reaching 8/168 at the end of the first day, Will Russell (51), and declared looking for outright points. Batting a second time Bonbeach (229) with captain Tom Smith (106) as Johnno Curtis stepped up with figures of 5/50, leaving South’s needing 105 in the remaining time to achieve the outright. And what a finish. Bonbeach needing 2 wickets for the reverse outright and South 14 runs for an outright victory. Smith (4/44) again stepping up, as South’s chase ended at 8/90. One exciting game leading to another as both sides played out a thrilling White Ball Final the next day at Princes Park which ended with South’s again winning, this time with 2 balls to spare (click here to read the News article for further details).

Beaumaris also went out in pursuit of an outright against bottom placed Chelsea as they look to jump into finals. After Chelsea made 81 batting first (Cam Watts 3/24), the Beauy Sharks declared at 3/135 after Sam Coates whipped up 60* from 53 balls. Sending Chelsea back in for a second time, the Seagulls finished Day 1 at 0/16. On Day 2, Chelsea grinded out a total of 4/185 when stumps were drawn with Lachlan De Zilwa (75) and Roshan Perera 56*.

At McKinnon, Carnegie dismissed the Heat for 61 before going on the declare at 7/161(dec) with Kartik Narayanan 52* and Boopa Munasinghe picking up 4/60 for McKinnon, before McKinnon reached 4/83 and stumps were drawn.

In Division 1 Parkdale easily accounted for the Stingrays after batting first and reaching 9/263(cc) thanks to Anthony Reid’s 120 as they defeated Bayside 9/130 (Jarrod Fletcher 69* with Parkdale’s James Grande 3/25), before Bayside batted again reaching 3/70.

At Dendy Park, Dylan Blignaut’s 138* led the Dragons to 6/227 as Brighton District overhauled Middle Park’s 132 from the first week where Aiden George top scored with 55 and Robbie Lancaster 4/35 and Andrew Lasky 3/11 did the damage with the ball.
Old Mentonians 8/170(dec) with Scott Elstone 67 and the Tigers Lee Cormie 4/34 as the Old boys defeated Mentone 109 (Darcy Brown 4/25) and 1/50 before the game was called

Over at Jack Barker Oval, Murrumbeena made light work of Cheltenham dismissing then twice for 52 to win outright points after declaring at 8/140. The Beena’s Joseph Gilligan 56 as Chelt’s Anis Raza picked up 4/26. In Cheltenham’s first innings Dan Parkinson grabbed 4/12, James Handley 4/22 and in the second dig it was Joseph Arnold 4/11 and Brad Kruger 3/9.

In Division 2, South Caulfield 8/345(cc) (Dan Ford 106, Paul Pekaj 81; Nick Childs 4/78) defeated Aspendale 257 (Ben Lawrence 58; Dan Ford 4/93). Parkdale United 4/254(dec) (Rahul Shanmugam 138, Sam Amon 67) def Bonbeach 133 (Cameron Beck 4/40) and 2/114. Port Melbourne 4/162 (Tim Dale 58*) defeated Bentleigh 161 (Rusith Kundavaram 7/52). Hampton 3/182 (Ben Ridgeway 116) defeated Clayton District 178 (Luke Drljaca 3/33).

Full results can be found here

Shellgrit have updated photo's from the White Ball Finals at North Port, Dendy Park and Princes Park and can be found here.

Women’s T20 Competition underway

Whilst the Men’s white ball finals were underway the Women’s T20 competition commenced with all teams playing at Caulfield Park on Sunday afternoon.
A strong Richmond City outfit (7/94) defeated Parkdale (92) in an entertaining match with some great skills on display from both teams. Aspendale (3/134) defeated East Malvern Tooronga (4/110) and Omega (0/113) defeated Bentleigh (7/110).

CSB and the National Indoor Cricket League

Players within CSB and CSBW have been sent an expression of interest in relation to CSB fielding sides in the 2018 National Indoor Cricket League. If this interests you then follow this link. CSB is looking for responses before this Friday 9th February before a forum Wednesday 14th February at the Bentleigh RSL. Responses to date are showing enough interest to take this to the next stage.

Melbourne Metropolitan Cricket Strategy Surveys

Players and Clubs are requested to complete the Cricket Victoria Metropolitan Cricket Strategy survey that has been emailed to all players and clubs across Melbourne.

The survey closes this Friday 9th February and responses will be collated and presented to the Metropolitan Cricket Steering Committee.

Last updated: Tuesday February 6, 2018 1:35PM

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