A gripping round of cricket last weekend for MPCA semi finals. The Bendigo Bank RPPFM Match of the Day was the clash with Mt Eliza against Peninsula Old Boys. Mt Eliza batted hard on the Saturday to eventually compile 173. Thanks largely to captain Justin Grant with a well controlled 68. The star of the day being veteran spinner John Forrest who bowled unchanged for 39 overs to capture 6/59. POB were soon on the back foot being 3/13 with their best two bats dismissed. Chris McDonough took the early ascendancy and the ‘Old Boys didn’t recover. Losing 4/7 after tea to be all out for 75. They will play Langwarrin who dominated Mornington.
A 40 run last wicket partnership lifted Mornington to 155 which Langwarrin passed without losing a wicket. Matt Prosser and Taylor Smith both ended on 76 not out.
In Peninsula Division, Flinders breezed past Moorooduc reaching 161 and only losing 4 wickets. Blake Hogan- Keogh ended on 75 not out. They will play Main Ridge who made quick work of Long Island’s 225. Nick Jewel making 101. Michael Homes bringing up the win and his own century with a six. The ‘Ridge 2-228
District saw collapses as Heatherhill went from 2-108 to all out for 160. This proved to be enough as Seaford were all out for 120. Jake Theobald took 6 wickets and Chris Clef hit 55.
Baden Powell were 4-40 in their pursuit of Mt Martha’s 155. An injured Craig Entwistle, batting with a runner, steered BP to victory with an unbeaten 75 and an over to spare. On a very slow ground, most spectators felt it was worth a century!
Sub District saw Dromana dominate Carrum Downs making 254 on Saturday. Jack Fowler 72, Jed savage 63. Fowler then ripped through the ‘Downs top order as they slumped to 6-18. They were finally out for 118. Carrum proved that Tootgarook’s 131 was not enough and scrambled passed them with 8 wickets down.
Next weekend sees the grand finals with RPP FM providing vision and commentary from 1.30 Saturday and noon Sunday. Tune in and don’t miss the LIVE coverage at www.rppfm.com.au
Words & Pics: Neil Williams
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