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LJ’s maiden century seals the deal

LJ’s maiden century seals the deal

16/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24490564

By Nick Creely

Style, confidence and composure –it’s the perfect summation of the way Dandenong batsman Lincoln “LJ” Edwards plays.

As Dandenong stormed to 2-0 after two rounds with a seven wicket trouncing of Carlton at Shepley Oval on Saturday, LJ (100 not out) played his finest knock – a maiden Premier century that signified his arrival as a bona fide match winner.

After the Panthers sent the Blues in to bat, the early wicket of the dangerous Evan Gulbis (18), courtesy of some clever bowling by Darren Pattinson, kept the visitors under constant pressure.

Tight bowling and sharp efforts in the field kept the pressure firmly on the batting side, and were perhaps lucky to walk away with a modest total of 201 after 49.3 after a late cameo from Brayden Stepien (45).

In a well rounded bowling effort, Yarraville spinning product Akshat Buch (3/28) was once again highly impressive in the middle overs, James Nanopoulos (3/38) proved a handful to get away with his crafty variations, Jak Jowett (2/44) got some late reward for effort, while Adam McMaster (1/35) and Darren Pattinson (1/21) both looked sharp with their pace and bounce.

But the day belonged to LJ.

Coming in at 2/41 after off-spinner Tom Smyth (2/40) brought the undoing of skipper Tom Donnell (27) and Ed Newman (1) in near succession, LJ and Brett Forsyth (51) did the hard yards, and slowly resurrected a shaky start.

The pair put on 111 runs before Forsyth’s stumps were rattled by spinner Eddy O’Sullivan, but Edwards just kept going, finding gaps where there wasn’t any.

With only a handful of runs left, Edwards wasted no time getting through the 90’s, belting a ball calmly over the mid on fence to move to 96.

 

 

A nudge to mid-on brought up the glorious century only minutes later and delivered the Panthers a strong victory.

But the win – rather than the individual accolade – was all that mattered when he walked off Shepley to rousing applause.

“There wasn’t many emotions, maybe more just relief and happy I could help get the team the win,” he said.

“But yeah, obviously very happy – I didn’t really think about it until late in the chase (making a century), even in the 90’s I was telling Nano (James Nanopoulos) to just get the runs.”

Edwards said his approach was no different to any other game, despite failing to trouble the scorers in the opening round clash, and praised opener Brett Forsyth for his role in the win.

“I didn’t really approach the innings any differently to how I normally bat, I just focused on playing straight and finding the middle of the bat and when I felt comfortable playing more shots I just went for them,” he said.

“And yeah, was a relief also to get off the mark after last week, settles the nerves a little.

“Coming in after two quick wickets, there is a bit of pressure walking to the crease but it was awesome having Bretta at the other end who doesn’t really seem phased by what’s going on around him, it had a calming effect on me and allowed me to settle in.”

Since crossing over from Melbourne at the end of the 2015/16 after just 24 first XI games that included two half centuries at an average of 17.3, he has exploded at the Panthers, scoring 643 runs at 45.93.

The Panthers will now look to continue their winning start with a clash against Greenvale at Greenvale Reserve on Saturday.



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Bears show their might

Bears show their might

16/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24489864

DANDENONG DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION
REVIEW – ROUND 1 (Day 2)

TURF 1
DINGLEY v BERWICK
Berwick fired a powerful warning shot right across Souter Oval on Saturday, with the Bears opening its 2017/18 season with a ruthless victory over Dingley.
Starting the day at 1/107 in pursuit of the Dingoes’ total of 174, the Bears lost star batsman Adam Watson (54) early in the day off exciting spinner Dinuka Hettiarachchi, but it didn’t halt the momentum.
Matt Chasemore ground out a solid 24 in his first innings in Berwick colours, while the likes of Ryan Crawford (40), stand-in skipper Nathan Pilon (38) and Darren de Souza (32) all contributed strongly before declaring at 6/235, a narrow lead of just 174.
The Dingoes managed to avoid outright, with batsmen Matt Hague (30 not out) and Ryan McLean (18 not out) getting through 23 overs unscathed.

DANDENONG WEST v CRANBOURNE
Dot ball pressure and energy in the field – all essential elements of Cranbourne skipper Lucas Ligt’s plan on defending its total of 8/238 against Dandenong West.
The plan not only saw them walk away with the points on Saturday at Greaves Reserve, but also find a formula that may see them continually shock sides this season.
As is the key with defending any total, early wickets were paramount, and the early scalps of Peter Atkinson and youngster Ethan French caught behind off the sure gloves of David Pratt kick started the day.
With bowlers Pardeep Boyal (3/29), Cam Kelly (2/32), Tim Fathers (1/61) and Steve Miller (2/21) all hitting relentless lines, the cracks began to show for the Bulls.
Wickets continually fell, and suddenly the Bulls found themselves 7/108 and well behind the curve ball.
Despite a hamstring injury, new Dandenong West skipper Shanuka Dissanayaka (71) tried to resurrect his side’s woes, but after losing his stumps after some sharp bowling by Boyal, the Bulls were too far back at 8/127.
A late 59-run stand to Matin Sultani (38) and Riley Siwes (24 not out) helped put some respectability to the scoreboard, with the Bulls finishing the day well short at 9/192.

 

 

NORTH DANDENONG v MORDIALLOC
Mordialloc skipper Chathura Athukorala took North Dandenong to the cleaners at Lois Twohig Reserve on Saturday, with ‘Chooka’ taking a 10 wicket haul in the Bloodhounds’ outright victory.
After Ian Daniel set the first day up with a sparkling 123, Athukorala (7/19) almost solely dismantled the Maroons for just a lowly 55 in 22 overs, with only Syed Mehmood (22) reaching double figures.
It was more of a team effort in the Maroons’ second dig, with Athukorala (3/31), Daniel (2/18) and Brendan Morris (3/9) combining to dismiss the home side for a more improved 148 – Clay McCartney made a nice 64.
But nonetheless, the reigning premiers took the maximum points, and don’t look like slowing down.

ST MARY’s v HEINZ SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
A professional bowling performance by Heinz Southern Districts at Carroll Reserve caught out a patchy St Mary’s in their return game to the Turf 1 ranks.
After compiling 234 last week, the Saints entered the field at 1/3, and lost an early wicket when opening batsman Wendyl Pires edged one to the keeper off the crafty Kaushyla Weeraratne (2/24), before a strong, counter attacking partnership of 35 runs by stand in skipper Rhys Serpanchy (40) and Ruwantha Kellepotha got them back in the contest.
Reliable spinner Lee Brown (3/42) struck two blows in virtual succession, and suddenly the Saints were hanging on to the edge at 5/67.
Some strong, aggressive batting by Cam Roberts (43) and Adam Welcome (44) helped drag the score back to a respectable level, but eventually the relentless line of Michael Davies (4/41) helped crack the middle to late order, bowling them out for 169.

HALLAM KALORA PARK v SPRINGVALE SOUTH
From 3/17 to a five wicket victory, Springvale South not only dodged a bullet, but gained a vital victory against a side that will almost certainly be in a similar position later in the season.
Resuming at 1/9 in reply to Hallam’s strong total of 200, the Bloods lost prized top order batsmen Michael Vandort (9) and Nathan Villella (0) off the bowling of rising talent Jordan Hammond (3/55) in a shaky start that left them hanging precariously.
Boom recruit and reigning Wookey winner, Steven Spoljaric (49), teamed up with Mitch Forsyth (59 not out) to steady the ship, putting on an important 72 run partnership.
When Hammond once again found the breakthrough with Spoljaric departing at 4/89, the Bloods’ skipper, Craig Slocombe (36), coolly combined with Forsyth to put on another 51 runs, before former Sri Lankan test cricketer Malinga Bandara (30 not out) put them over the line with a strong cameo at the end.
But it was yet another Forsyth that delivered in a Springvale South cap, with the developing talent showing poise in his 59 not out, a knock that included 156 balls and six boundaries against one of the stronger bowling sides in the comp.

BUCKLEY RIDGES v NARRE WARREN
A pair of centuries to Jayson Hobbs (109 not out) and Daniel Watson (125 not out) delivered Buckley Ridges an almighty victory against a deflated Narre Warren at Park Oval.
The Magpies had a strong first day, compiling a competitive 213 off the back of a 93 by Janaka Liyanabadalge, but simply had no answers for Buckley’s electric top order.
Liyanabadalge managed to take the one and only wicket of Wes Nicholas for 27 after a 52 run opening stand with Hobbs, before Watson entered the crease and flayed the ball to all parts.
The pair put on an unbeaten 223 runs in very little time, with Watson hitting six maximums in his brutal knock, before stumps were called with the Bucks on 1/275.
It was Hobbs’ maiden Turf 1 century, while Watson has now scored six centuries for the Bucks.

TURF 2
A top-notch 85 to Beaconsfield recruit Josh Mailing delivered the Tigers a comfortable opening round victory over Coomoora.
Chasing 154 for victory, the Tigers easily knocked off the runs, with Mailing combining with Ruwantha Fernandopulle (48) in the match-winning partnership.
Coomoora were sent back in for 24 overs later in the day, finishing on 1/94.
Scott Phillips, meanwhile, backed up his whirlwind 123 with 6/54, as Narre South dominated Lyndale at Barry Powell Reserve.
Defending 275, Lyndale were rolled for 168 despite some terrific resistance by Farazur Rahman (68).
In other matches, Parkmore Pirates easily chased down St Brigid’s/St Louis’ 173 after a terrific 139 by Amal Athulathmudali, Narre North narrowly defended 203 against Parkfield, with the Bears bowled out for 178, Silverton battled hard to reach 208 in its pursuit of Fountain Gate’s 260, while Keysborough were far too strong in defending 160, rolling Lynbrook for just 94.



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Clubs agree to grade reshuffle

Clubs agree to grade reshuffle

16/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24487168

By Nick Creely

The Dandenong District Cricket Association (DDCA) will adopt an eight teams per grade model from the 2018/19 season, after clubs voted in favour of the proposal at a Board of Management meeting on 4 October.

Currently, the DDCA is a 12 teams per grade competition, but after a review from the association, put forward its thoughts of proposed changes identical to that of neighbouring competitions such as the MPCA and the WGCA for the first time on 11 September.

“We’ve been backwards and forwards on this (change) for some time, but at the end of the day, it had to happen – there was little to achieve by delaying it,” DDCA secretary Ray Nicholls said.

“We think it was the right time to make these changes, (and) it will make for a more even, balanced competition in the future.”

Here are the changes that will be implemented from the 2018/19 season:

-In a normal 21 week season, each team would play the other seven sides in their grade twice, once in a two-day game and once in a one-day match.

-The reduction in teams per grade is considered a fairer and more balanced model and affords teams a greater opportunity to play in finals.

-To achieve the model, the bottom four sides at the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season will be removed from Turf 1 and placed with the top four teams in Turf 2 to form the Turf 2 grade. The bottom eight sides in Turf 2 would move into Turf 3 and so on until all turf grades had eight teams.

-If a shortfall in teams existed in the bottom turf grade, then consideration will be given to creating a composite turf grade by including the required number of synthetic sides.

-The Match Committee will have discretion to adjust teams throughout the grades as is seen necessary (e.g. new sides being entered).

-The advent of eight teams per grade will also flow through to the senior synthetic and junior grades. The only difference will be that clubs will nominate their preferred grades as usual and the Match Committee will adjust as necessary, based on history.

In other news around the DDCA, the annual Dandenong Club Twenty20 competition will kick off on Wednesday evening, with 23 teams set to take part.

Last year’s premiers – Buckley Ridges – will play Beaconsfield at Park Oval on Wednesday night in the round’s marquee match, while a clash between Berwick and Hallam Kalora Park at Arch Brown will attract significant interest.



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Honouring Hibby

Honouring Hibby

14/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24467989

By Russell Bennett

Saturday was in memory of ‘Hibby’.
The 2017/18 West Gippsland Cricket Association season is the first since the passing of one of life’s great, genuine characters – former Catani Cricket Club secretary Matthew ‘Hibby’ Hibbert – back in June.
The Cats, as well as the Western Park Cricket Club and Warragul Industrials Football Club, are so much poorer for his passing and will never quite be the same again.
On Saturday at Catani, just prior to their Sub-District clash with Gembrook, the Cats paused to remember and pay tribute to their great mate with both a minute’s silence, and the unveiling of a memorial club shirt and cap to Hibby’s parents – Ross and Sheryl.
“It was a pretty emotional day on Saturday,” said Cats club president Brad ‘Snags’ McDonald.
“For me, personally, it has really only just started to hit me that he’s gone.
“He did that much work for me as secretary. We had to chat three to four times a day on the phone – sometimes more – but now I haven’t got him it’s been really tough. I really miss our banter and the many laughs we had together.
“From a club point of view, I think it’s hit the boys now as well. It was a great club before Hibby got there, but it was a bloody sight better with him in it.”
Prior to Saturday’s game, Hibby’s parents – Ross and Sheryl – unveiled a memorial to their son – the club’s way of honouring one of their own. It will be kept at the club and placed on the wall beside the bar as a constant reminder of him.
“I hope he was happy with the way we honoured Hibby,” Snags said.
“It was something as president I never wanted to have to do. We can’t bring the big fella back, but we can make sure we remember him and pledge as a club that we will make sure it happens.”
Shortly after Hibby’s passing, Snags paid tribute to the person he was and just what he meant to the club.
“Hibby was not only a player and a team-mate but our club secretary, and a larger than life character who was quick-witted and had a great sense of humour,” he said.
“His personality really did endear him to everyone at the club, and nobody had a bad word to say about him.
“Although he only came to the club a few years ago, he fell in love with the place instantly and took on the role as secretary in only his second year with us.
“Hibby also insisted on taking on the social media role at the club and made the club Facebook page his own, and he always did a great job in representing us in a professional and positive manner.
“As a club we have lost a piece of us that can never be replaced. To say this loss has hit us all hard is a huge understatement – especially our younger players who absolutely loved Hibby and his cheeky sense of humour.
“We carry with us some very fond memories and countless funny stories about a great mate, a loyal clubman and ripping bloke and they can never be taken away from us.”



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That winning feeling – at long last!

That winning feeling – at long last!

11/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24439283

By Nick Creely

Nar Nar Goon/Maryknoll Cricket Club stalwart Sean Somers endured so many tough losses that he almost forgot just how special that winning feeling is immediately after a game.
That’s what makes the Marygoons’ drought breaking First XI victory over Tooradin on Saturday all the more extraordinary and so meaningful for all involved out of Spencer Street.
The Marygoons entered Saturday’s clash with 33 straight losses next to their name, with the club’s last First XI win being in Round 9 of the 2014/15 season against Officer.
Somers – who has been a consistent, loyal warrior for his club over a long, tumultuous period – said there were certainly some celebrations over the weekend.
“Yeah, it was pretty good – it’s a feeling that took so long to finally come back around, and when it happened, it was a really, really good feeling,” he explained.
“I played in 32 of those losses, but Branny (Nick Bransgrove), who is currently in England, played in all 33 of those games.
“We definitely celebrated – when we won the game, we had Branny on FaceTime in the UK watching, and he was with us which was pretty cool.
“We did the books and had a couple of beers and just celebrated it – it was a good feeling and hopefully there’s more to come.”
A reinvigorated culture – stemming from the recruitment of Kyle Dorman as captain/coach from Korumburra and a dedication to training standards – has turned the club around according to Somers.
“I think the new guys that have come in, like Kyle (Dorman), and all these new guys have a really good gel – I believe we’ll be strong, we’ve put together some really good cattle this year that will allow us to win more games too,” he said.
“We’ve changed the mentality of the club, and it’s now become more of a winning culture – we had 38 players at training last week and had no problems picking four sides so I think Nar Nar Goon’s turned the corner, and everyone’s feeling it.”
With the Gulls looking in strong shape after at one point being 3/106 on Saturday in the first innings, Somers explained how they changed the flow of the game, and turned their fortunes into a match-winning run chase, inspired by a terrific 42 by new recruit Scott Hayes.
“I think we turned it around when we were bowling and they were in a good position after about 20 or 30 overs, and then from 30 to 40 overs they put on about 40 runs and we just pegged it back – they didn’t do a lot of heavy scoring so we thought we were right in the game at tea,” he said.
“We lost a couple of wickets early, but the ship was steadied by a few new blokes and they put in a really good partnership – it seemed like we were right in it then, and we did it.”
As for the rest of the season, Somers refuses to put a ceiling on what his club can achieve in 2017/18 after a foreign, winning start to the season.
“We will take it as it comes from now – we’ve got good players, good people, and some good depth now – because we get along so well, anything is possible,” he said.



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Swans get bowled over

Swans get bowled over

11/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24438982
By Nick Creely Casey-South Melbourne skipper Lachlan Sperling has lamented his side’s inability to stay in the game for long...

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New-look Panthers cruise to victory

New-look Panthers cruise to victory

09/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24418166

By Nick Creely

Despite cruising to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Frankston Peninsula to begin it’s 2017/18 Victorian Premier Cricket campaign on Saturday, Dandenong captain Tom Donnell is the first to admit he wasn’t sure whether his new look side would gel immediately.

Chasing 149, the Panthers got the job done in 39.3 overs and with seven wickets in hand, with Brett Forsyth (52), Ed Newman (49 not out) and Donnell (36) all playing crucial cameos – but the skipper said it was genuinely a different feeling.

“Coming into the new season, there is a little bit of the unknown with a different looking team in and how’d they go, and you sort of forget about your last game because everything is really new,” he said.

“I don’t think it (the win) was as comfortable as it looked – we had a plan to win the toss and bowl first and use the conditions and that worked out really well.”

After sending the Heat in to face the music, only Liam Tonkin (56) looked comfortable against a strong bowling contingent of Adam McMaster (2/31), Darren Pattinson (1/22), James Nanopoulos (1/33) and new recruits Jak Jowett (3/29) and spinner Akshat Buch (2/28), rolling the hosts for 148 off 47.4 overs.

“We weren’t sure how we’d go with a few new faces in Darren Pattinson, Jak Jowett and Buchy (Akshat Buch) coming in, but we put in a good all-round performance,” he said.

“They (Buch and Jowett) were really good – Jak with the new ball was really good, he can bowl anywhere through the innings which is great, and he took a few big wickets that kind of swung the momentum back our way.

“Buchy was also really good – at the start of the season we weren’t really sure what we were going to get, and he’s probably surprised us with how good he is, he’s going to be very important for us throughout the whole season.”

Donnell was also full of praise for young star Ed Newman, who also participated in the AFL Draft Combine and has been part of the Cricket Victoria Under-19 side.

“He’s happy to play cricket until the draft and see where that takes him – we’ve heard a few words that’ll he get picked up and a few clubs are certainly looking at him, so we are encouraging him to do that,” he said.

“On the other hand it’d make a massive hole in that number three position, and he’s getting better with every game he plays – he’s just a really good young kid.”

In the Second XI, the Panthers chased down 214 with ease, with Josh Slater (96 not out) and Comrey Edgeworth (87 not out) putting Frankston to the sword, and Donnell says he likes what he sees at the lower grades from both the batsman and bowlers.

“The three or four quicks in the twos will all play ones this season no doubt – even the batsman, they’re up to the level, but it’s probably up to them to keep putting their best foot forward,” he said.

“It’s a pretty good position to be in.”

The Panthers will face Carlton on Saturday in their first home game at Shepley Oval for the season as they look to move to 2-0.



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Panthers turn off the Heat

Panthers turn off the Heat

09/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24418081

By Nick Creely

Despite cruising to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Frankston Peninsula to begin it’s 2017/18 Victorian Premier Cricket campaign on Saturday, Dandenong captain Tom Donnell is the first to admit he wasn’t sure whether his new look side would gel immediately.

Chasing 149, the Panthers got the job done in 39.3 overs and with seven wickets in hand, with Brett Forsyth (52), Ed Newman (49 not out) and Donnell (36) all playing crucial cameos – but the skipper said it was genuinely a different feeling.

“Coming into the new season, there is a little bit of the unknown with a different looking team in and how’d they go, and you sort of forget about your last game because everything is really new,” he said.

“I don’t think it (the win) was as comfortable as it looked – we had a plan to win the toss and bowl first and use the conditions and that worked out really well.”

After sending the Heat in to face the music, only Liam Tonkin (56) looked comfortable against a strong bowling contingent of Adam McMaster (2/31), Darren Pattinson (1/22), James Nanopoulos (1/33) and new recruits Jak Jowett (3/29) and spinner Akshat Buch (2/28), rolling the hosts for 148 off 47.4 overs.

“We weren’t sure how we’d go with a few new faces in Darren Pattinson, Jak Jowett and Buchy (Akshat Buch) coming in, but we put in a good all-round performance,” he said.

“They (Buch and Jowett) were really good – Jak with the new ball was really good, he can bowl anywhere through the innings which is great, and he took a few big wickets that kind of swung the momentum back our way.

“Buchy was also really good – at the start of the season we weren’t really sure what we were going to get, and he’s probably surprised us with how good he is, he’s going to be very important for us throughout the whole season.”

Donnell was also full of praise for young star Ed Newman, who also participated in the AFL Draft Combine and has been part of the Cricket Victoria Under-19 side.

“He’s happy to play cricket until the draft and see where that takes him – we’ve heard a few words that’ll he get picked up and a few clubs are certainly looking at him, so we are encouraging him to do that,” he said.

“On the other hand it’d make a massive hole in that number three position, and he’s getting better with every game he plays – he’s just a really good young kid.”

In the Second XI, the Panthers chased down 214 with ease, with Josh Slater (96 not out) and Comrey Edgeworth (87 not out) putting Frankston to the sword, and Donnell says he likes what he sees at the lower grades from both the batsman and bowlers.

“The three or four quicks in the twos will all play ones this season no doubt – even the batsman, they’re up to the level, but it’s probably up to them to keep putting their best foot forward,” he said.

“It’s a pretty good position to be in.”

The Panthers will face Carlton on Saturday in their first home game at Shepley Oval for the season as they look to move to 2-0.



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Positive start for Eagles

Positive start for Eagles

09/10/2017, Victoria, Multi Sports, Victorian Publications, Article # 24417398

By Nick Creely

DANDENONG DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION
TURF 1 & 2
REVIEW – ROUND 1 (Day 1)

DANDENONG WEST v CRANBOURNE
Cranbourne has proven they are capable of scoring a match winning total without Matt Chasemore and Steve Spoljaric after an excellent day’s cricket against Dandenong West at Greaves Reserve.
Sent in to bat by Bulls’ skipper Shanuka Dissanayaka, the Eagles got off to a tough start losing David Pratt’s stumps to Peter Atkinson for a duck, before a string of middle order partnerships saw them bat through the day to finish on 8/238.
Eagles’ skipper Lucas Ligt (39) led the charge with a classy innings batting at four, while the likes of Cameron Kelly (46), Nivin Sathyajith (55) and Jake Harrington (35) all worked in partnerships to frustrate the hosts.
Ligt was proud his young team could start the season so positively after a string off on-field departures put a hole in their side.
“What we worked for all pre-season, and the plans we put in place was virtually 100 per cent executed on the weekend,” he said.
“We talked about batting in partnerships and setting some goals, and we achieved virtually every one of them – we wanted to be three down at lunch and we were four down which was okay, and then Harro (Jake Harrington) and Niv (Nivin Sathyajith) set the whole day up for us really.
“Cam Kelly batted quite low in previous years, and used to open back in the day and when he started his senior career at Cranny, and he put his hand up and said he was keen to open, and it’s given us some depth – he took his opportunity and delivered.”
Looking ahead to Saturday when the Eagles attempt to defend what was the opening weekend’s highest team score, Ligt has confidence his bowlers will be hungrier than ever.
“Our bowlers have worked all pre-season to 80 over plans and we want to execute that – I’ve said the whole way that whoever bowls the most disciplined areas will bowl the most overs and our guys have happily taken on that challenge,” he said.
“I think if we execute our plans with a strong fielding side too we’ll be right – we bought Harley Miller in who hasn’t played for a few years and his fielding is exceptional and if we are sharp in that area we will shock a few teams this year.”

DINGLEY v BERWICK
Berwick is in a commanding position on a dominant opening day of cricket at Souter Oval against Dingley, with the Bears needing just a further 68 runs for victory.
Sent in to bat on a tricky wicket, Dingoes coach Matt Hague (76) stood tall at the top-of-the-order, with quickies James Wilcock (5/49) and Jarrod Armitage (1/64) snaring early wickets.
A 69-run stand between Hague and all-rounder Christo Otto (42) got the Dingoes back on track, before Wilcock shredded the middle to late order in a devastating spell that included three wickets in a matter of three overs.
Eventually, the Dingoes fought their way to 174 after a late cameo by Marc King (34 not out).
The Bears wasted no time in moving towards a match-winning position, with opening bats Darren de Souza (32) and Adam Watson (51 not out) sharing a faultless 69-run partnership.
Spinner Dinuka Hettiarchchi (1/28) picked up the late wicket of de Souza, but the Bears ended the day 1/107.

NORTH DANDENONG v MORDIALLOC
A sparkling century to Mordialloc all-rounder Ian Daniel has the Bloodhounds in an imperious position against North Dandenong at Lois Twohig Reserve.
Sent in to bat, Daniel was brutal, spanking six sixes and 11 boundaries on his way to an incredible 123 as the Bloodhounds racked up 216 off 75 overs.
In his first game as a Maroon, Asfan Thajudeen (4/45) did some fantastic work through the middle overs.
With just five overs left in the day’s play, the Maroons lost three wickets courtesy of quickie Chathura Athukorala (3/6) to be left rattled at 3/17.
Syed Mehmood (9) and Shehan Fernando (1) will attempt to rescue the Maroons when they resume next week.

HALLAM KALORA PARK v SPRINGVALE SOUTH
An evenly poised contest is set to go deep into day two, with Hallam and Springvale South playing out a fascinating day of cricket.
Hallam skipper Steve Gilmour elected to bat, and despite no batsman able to capitalize on starts, the likes of Ben Hillard (35), Jagveer Hayer (42) and Jordan Hammond (47) ensured they posted a competitive total of 200 off 75.1 overs.
It was truly a day for the spinners, with Malinga Bandara (4/63) and Jarryd Straker (4/49) dominating the day and bowled 50 overs between them, while reigning Wookey medalist Steve Spoljaric snared 1/33 off seven overs on his first day as a Blood.
In reply, the Bloods lost star opener Nathan King (7) caught behind off Gilmour, and are currently sitting at 1/9 off four overs.

 

BUCKLEY RIDGES v NARRE WARREN
Janaka Liyanabadalge’s stellar career in Narre Warren colours continued on Saturday, with the classy batsman compiling a brilliant 93 against Buckley Ridges.
Liyanabadalge crossed 1000 runs as a Magpie as he enters his third season at the club, and guided his side to a strong position at stumps.
Helped on by opener Jarrod Russell (43), the Magpies managed to post 213 against one of the competition’s premier bowling attacks, with Jurgen Andersen (4/39) on song in his first game for the Bucks and Lukas Hoogenboom (3/39) taking some vital wickets.
The Bucks survived three late overs to finish the day at 0/6.

ST MARY’S v HEINZ SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
St Mary’s have a lot of work to do if they wish to remain competitive against the Cobras at Carroll Reserve, with the visitors in the box seat for victory after a dominant day of cricket.
The Saints sent the Cobras in, and openers Trevor Davies (49) and Brad Downe (23) setting the tone with a 75-run opening stand that eventually saw them post 234.
Cobras’ skipper Matt Cox (44) and Michael Davies (70) combined brilliantly in the middle order despite a terrific bowling performance from spearhead Ashan Anthony (5/42).
The Saints are 1/3 off three overs after an early Kaushalya Weeraratne (1/0) wicket.

TURF 2
COOMOORA v BEACONSFIELD
A six-wicket-haul to Beaconsfield captain/coach Matt Golding (6/48) has the Tigers in a potential outright position against Coomoora.
Sent in to bat by Golding, Coomora couldn’t handle the skipper’s swing and seam, and despite a fighting 67 by Joel Robertson were bowled out for 153.
In reply, the Tigers are cruising through overseas recruit Josh Mailing (50 not out), who has guided his side to 1/73 at stumps.
Mailing and Golding (9 not out) will resume next week.

LYNDALE v NARRE SOUTH
It doesn’t matter what level Scott Phillips plays at, he always has a commanding presence.
His side Narre South is in a perilous position against Lyndale and will be eyeing off an outright victory next week.
Phillips came in at 2/42 after the loss of Ashan Wijayakumara for 13, and didn’t leave the ground until he was dismissed with his side on 274 and himself having blasted 125, a knock that included 11 fours and three sixes.
The Lions declared only moments after Phillips departed at 7/276 off 58.3 overs, before Lyndale fought their way to 2/52 at stumps.
Phillips (2/27 off 11 overs) once again caused headaches, picking up both Ben Montgomery (4) and Priyan De Silva (33) cheaply.

OTHER RESULTS
In other matches across the Turf 2 grade, St Brigid’s/St Louis scored 173 against Parkmore Pirates, who are currently 1/19 at stumps, Narre North is in a strong position against Parkfield after scoring 203, Fountain Gate were dominant with the bat to post 260 off the back of a 99 not out to Ruwan Galappatthy, while Keysborough and Lynbrook is evenly poised, with the Lakers needing a further 123-runs to win with eight wickets in hand.



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