Bentleigh puts their hand up to take on South
Date of Event : Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:40PM
The Bentleigh slips corden go up in unison against Bonbeach in their Semi Final victory


It was a tension filled semi-final re-match at Bonbeach in the Championship last weekend with Bentleigh turning the tables on last year’s result and progressing past Bonbeach into a Grand Final against South Caulfield.

Bentleigh (184) elected to bat first with openers Jarrad Dowling and Alex Caravelas working their way to a 61 run opening partnership before Jason Chapple trapped Dowling in front, out lbw for 35. From this moment, the tension built quickly and the Demons were in strife before Andrew Walker (57) and Sam Mouzakis (36) steadied the ship and gave the bowlers a score to work with.

After the loss of Dowling, Caravelas (30) was next to go, caught Akram bowled Tom Smith at 69, then Rob Ciccarella (0) paddled one from Smith (4/60) to square leg, Tom Meredith (3) out to Andrew MacKessack and the Demons from 1/61 to 4/69. Walker and Mouzakis keeping out the Bonnie attack which restricted 7 Demons batters to less than double figures, Dan Mueller’s running backwards one hander to dismiss Jeff Keyt had the crowd up and about and was a highlight on any day.

At the end of Day 1, it looked set-up for Bonbeach to head back to Princes Park for a Grand-Final replay and that elusive 1st XI premiership. But on Sunday, Bentleigh went about avenging last year’s loss as Shane Jeffree (4/25) grabbed key wickets through the middle order (Smith 39), Chapple (24) and Bailey (1) before finishing the game of with MacKessack (0). Mitch Spencer (3/48) started the day off picking up Sean Gales (3) early and Bonbeach at 4/70 were no better off than Bentleigh the day earlier. Smith and Chapple working to bring it home before losing Smith, with Chapple dismissed after another great catch, this time Alex Caravelas at mid off. This left Dan Mueller to bring it home with bat rather than ball, in the end Bonbeach all out 172 in 62.1 overs and the Demons through to the Premiership match

At Princes Park, Carnegie last year’s Division 1 Premiers took on South Caulfield and ran into Lewis Mildenhall (101) setting up South’s 8/322(cc). South’s lost young opener Elliot Bradley (13) early as Mildenhall and Luke Russell (48) steered South from 1/13 to 2/96, Will Russell (68) and Dan Ford (55) adding support and kept the scoreboard ticking along to set up a large target. Tej Gandhi (5/75) the best of the Negie bowlers.

On Sunday it was Mayank Srivastava (83) putting up resistance with some support from Vinay Tripathi (26) as Carnegie wickets fell regularly and the South’s bowler’s wrapped it up in 44.5 overs, Kanishka Alvitigala (4-25) and Luke Russell (3-43).

In Division 1 Parkdale after leap frogging Mentone into fourth in the last round of the home and away season, have now jumped again, this time from a Division 2 premiership into a Division 1 Grand Final after disposing of Murrumbeena (136) in emphatic fashion at Peter Robertson Oval.

Parkdale (9/249 cc) elected to bat first and young Jordan Hesline (59*) lead the way batting at 8, he partnered with Rob Dougherty (57) when at 6/102 it was looking like a Beena formality. A fair sign of things not going the Beena's way was keeper Joe Gilligan being ferried off to hospital and immediate surgery for a freak finger injury from a return throw, ruling him out of the remainder of the game and out of action for some weeks.

After a promising start from Xavier Ross (24) and Matt Williams (30), Murrumbeena had reached 1/54 before wickets fell regularly and when the Pirates picked up Brad Kruger (10) cheaply it was only James Handley (41*) offering resistance as Anthony Reid (5/32) lead his team into the Grand Final against Brighton District.

At Dendy Park it was the Dylan Blignaut (130*) show after the Dragons found themselves deep in trouble at 4/33 chasing Old Mentonians 220 from the previous day. John Seeary (50) with Faizan Hussain (47) setting up a score after the Dragons Tom Williamson snared 5/34.

Darcy Brown (3/67) looked like setting up Old Mentonians for a premiership tilt, but Blignaut had other ideas and with support from Andrew Lasky (44) Brighton raced to 7/222 in 57 overs and a match against Parkdale next weekend.

In Division 2 it was Aspendale (5/153) easily accounting for nearby Parkdale United (152). It was over early on Day 2, needing only 37 overs with Sam Hart (55), Mitch Allen (49) and Brett O’Hanlon (24*) racing Aspendale to the premiership decider where they will take on South Caulfield (9/321).

South’s had a comfortable victory over Port Melbourne (203) lead by Michael Currey’s 146, Tim Dale (5/83) for Port, with Sam Mahon (5/45) as Harry Smeed (53) and Bruce Will (60) needed further support to chase down the large score in front of them.

All the weekends results can be found here

In other Grand Finals
Saturday and Sunday
Division 3 - Mentone v South Caulfield
Division 4 - Beaumaris v Middle Park
Division 5 - Hampton v Beaumaris
Division 6 - Parkdale United v Aspendale.

On Saturday in the one-day grades:
Division 1 - Clayton District v Parkdale
Division 2 - Parkdale v Hampton.

Last updated: Tuesday March 13, 2018 3:43PM

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