Tallarook’s Seymour District Cricket Association premiership defence has got off to a positive start in a competitive match against Broadford.
After sending Broadford in to bat, Ashley Wood (21) and Matthew Irving (22) made early runs to get their side to 1/48, but the side lost its next four wickets for 24 runs to be 5/72 and in a spot of trouble.
But skipper Brayden Hickey and Jake Martin steadied the ship, with Hickey posting 28 while Martin stayed strong at the other end on his way to an unbeaten 38.
It meant Broadford could post a competitive target of 7/158 off its 45 overs. Blake Coyle (2/22) and Kalon Winnell (2/24) were the pick of the Tallarook bowlers.
Travis Muir (0) fell early to send a scare through the Tallarook chase, but it steadied well with Jac Smith-Williams and Luke Marshall combining to put on 60.
It lost 3/11 in a short span to move to 4/71 after Marshall (14), Cameron Muir (6) and Dan Fisher (0) were dismissed.
It was left to Leigh Irving (58 not out) to support Smith-Williams before the latter fell for 62. However, Tallarook was close enough to the target to get home with 15 balls and four wickets to spare.
●Yea’s season has started poorly, going down easily to a dominant Avenel side.
Away from home, Yea won the toss and chose to bat but lost some early wickets, with Darcy Pell (5) and Ben Tarran (13) the first to go.
Cameron Armstrong dug in at one end but Nathan Beattie, Ryan Akers and David Pelosi all went out for ducks.
Huw Jones was one of the chief destroyers with two crucial middle-order wickets, keeping it tight with just 14 runs from his nine overs.
Max Lawrence got the crucial wicket of Armstrong for 34. Lawrence’s dynamic five-over spell of 3/1 was important in cleaning up the lower order and Yea finished with just 77 runs on the board.
Avenel, with a small target to chase, needed only to avoid a monumental collapse to lose and put 29 on the board before Max Jones (5) and Josh Aiken (17) went in quick succession.
But it was a minor blip. Captain Harrison Wheeler (22 not out) and Jones (22 not out) were good enough to see Avenel cruise past the target with 18 overs up its sleeve.
●Kilmore is on the board for the 2017-18 season after match-winning performances with both bat and ball.
Jamie Pryor was the strongest of the batsmen, coming in at 1/4 and adding 67 of the next 95 runs to drive his side to a strong total of 7/143 off the 45 overs.
Matthew Rose was also handy with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 23. Joshua Sanderson was the best of Nagambie’s bowlers with a good spell of 3/29.
Tom Stevens (20) and Matthew Martin (35) gave Nagambie the perfect start, with Sanderson important in getting the side to 1/74 and seemingly cruising to victory.
But what followed was a complete collapse, as Nagambie lost its last nine wickets for 34 runs.
Only Jarryd Shepherd (13 not out) could get out of single figures, as Dale Tassone tore through the batting line-up with a devastating 5/11. Shane Topham helped out with 3/13.