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Cellar-dwellers tussle for victory

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February 01, 2018

A-GRADE

It was a tale of two captains in the Kilmore-Nagambie game, as the visitors shot down Kilmore’s hopes of a recovery after the first day’s play.

In the game of this season’s cellar-dwellers, with his side struggling at 3/35, Nagambie skipper Ricky Misiti stepped up to steady the ship with a classy 78.

Misiti’s partnerships with the middle order saw 150 runs put on for the loss of three wickets, before Robert Auld put in a shift of his own, bashing his way to 48.

Nagambie went on to record 232 off 66 overs.

But Kilmore captain Ashley Lovick could not replicate his opponent’s form on Saturday — bowing out for just five runs, as his side fell 80 runs short of the required total.

Kilmore opener Dale Tassone high-scored for the home side with 85, and Shane Topham chipped in with 16. No other Kilmore player scored more than 10.

The result leaves both sides out of the play-offs. Kilmore is nine shy of Avenel, while Nagambie remains 15 away.

In other A-grade matches, Avenel chased down the Yea Tigers’ score after they were set a target of 124 on the first day.

Avenel was seven wickets down when the score was reached.

Broadford’s match against Tallarook was washed out after a combination of strong wind and downpour on Friday night blew the covers off the ground.

Seeing as Broadford had already won the first innings convincingly the week before, the game was called off to allow the pitch to recover from the downpour.

B-GRADE

In the game of the round, Puckapunyal was defeated by Kilmore at the death.

Visitors Kilmore won the toss and elected to bat, and put on 9/134 from 45 overs. Top scorers were Brett Buttler (52) and Jayme Lowe (27).

In response, Puckapunyal had a strong start, but fell away in the dying embers of the game to fall three runs short in the final over.

Top scorers for the home side were Stewart Herring (52) and Ian Hodgkins (26).

The Yea Tigers were felled by Pyalong in similarly dramatic circumstances.

Pyalong’s bowlers held the Tigers to 111 from 43 overs. Michael Fairweather was the pick of the attack, taking two wickets and conceding 11 runs from nine overs.

Pyalong retaliated by reaching 113 in 35 overs, thanks to 51 not out from opener Sean Walsh.

Broadford picked up maximum points against Royals after they were sent in to bat on Saturday.

Jack Connell, who batted at nine, had a match-winning innings as he picked up 46 runs for Broadford.

Royals could not reach Broadford’s total of 110, falling 12 runs short thanks to the bowling of Joshua Vilinskis (4/4) and Blair Hobba (3/14).

C-GRADE

Seymour Maroon hosted Alexandra, falling agonisingly short of a result on Saturday.

Electing to bat first, the hosts set a total of 160, as Thomas McCooey smashed 65, and Jacob Williamson put together an innings of 38.

Alexandra responded well with the bat however, and opener Scott Whitehead smashed 75 before retiring hurt.

Whitehead was well supported by Daniel Burns (30), and Alexandra ran in victors by two runs.

Puckapunyal was defeated by Nagambie after the visiting bowlers did their job to ensure the target was not reached.

Nagambie’s James Brook set the pace with the bat, scoring 40 not out, and was well supported by William Baker (42), and Blair Taylor-Lloyd (30).

The strong batting saw Nagambie set a target of 6/166.

In reply, Puckapunyal never really got started, thanks to the bowling of Dean Shepherd (3/25) and Tyler Ritchie, who picked up a wicket and five maidens from his seven overs.

Puckapunyal scored 88 from its 34 overs, with Pieter Murtagh high-scoring with 39.

Broadford Red overcame a strong innings from Eastern Hill on Saturday.

Eastern Hill picked up 113 runs from its allocated overs, before their bowlers let the side down, allowing 21 extras in the second innings.

Declan Clarke was the only saving grace for his side, (5/27) as Broadford eased to victory.

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