Avenel v Nagambie
Nagambie has continued its luckless start to the season after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in an away game against Avenel on the weekend.
Despite a dominant start, where the 2016 grand finalists had Avenel reeling at 4-4, the home side’s Max Jones (29) and Jack Hesse (57) guided them to a defendable total of 114 runs.
Jarryd Shepperd (4-14) was in ripping form with the ball for Nagambie, while Zac Winter-Irving (2-15) and Jonathan Moore (2-24) also stood out as the visitors bowled out Avenel in 43 overs.
Having gained the upper hand with the ball, Nagambie also started well with the bat, cruising to 3-81 off the work of Tom Stevens (23), Matt Martin (18) and Brayden Biggs (21).
But Avenel would soon turn tables on Nagambie, inflicting a devastating bowling spell upon the visiting side when they claimed seven wickets for just 25 runs.
Cody Hogan cleaned up with 5-22, while Max Lawrence was also damaging with 3-18, leaving Nagambie players scratching their heads as they fell eight runs short of victory.
Broadford v Kilmore
Broadford notched up its second win of the season at Harley Hammond Reserve, defeating Kilmore by two wickets.
After winning the toss the home side sent the visitors in to bat, with Kilmore scraping through their 45 overs to finish on 9/159.
Jamie Pryor (46) posted the highest score for Kilmore, while Braden Hickey (4-25) and Jeremy Bradshaw (3-35) were the pick of Broadford’s bowlers.
Broadford’s opening batsmen Ashley Wood then made a titanic 83 runs to put his side in a winning position, leaving Paul Withers and Jack Connell to finish the job.
Tallarook v Yea Tigers
The reigning premiers, Tallarook, have lost their first match of the season, going down to the Yea Tigers at home in a tight contest.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Tallarook got off to a promising start, making 60 runs before the loss of their first wicket.
However, Yea’s Cam Armstrong (3-33) and Brad Clements (1-25 and a run out) took a string of wickets to wrest some momentum back, before Tallarook finished their 45 overs at 8/148, with Jac Smith-Williams (49) top-scoring.
In response, an even contribution from Yea, which had six batsmen post double-digit scores, saw the away side enjoy a four-wicket victory, achieved with just one over remaining.
Andrew Dundon (2-21) and Jac Smith-Williams (2-12) were Tallarook’s best with the ball.
Despite the loss, Tallarook remains in top spot, followed closely by Broadford, Avenel and Yea.