Avenel v Kilmore
A dominant display by the Wheeler brothers, who scored 104 of Avenel’s 157 runs, set the team up for what was eventually a strong win against Kilmore.
While Harry (30) and Willie Wheeler (74) were helped out by Max Jones (13) and Huw Jones (13), Kilmore managed to churn through Avenel’s middle and late-order batsmen in a flurry of wickets, with the home side bowled out on their last ball.
Dale Tassone (20), Shane Topham (18) and Ash Lovick (15) got things moving for Kilmore, but the visitors’ lack of a major scorer eventually left them all out for 107 runs, well shy of Avenel’s total.
This was largely in part to a strong team performance from Avenel’s attack, which saw Max Lawrence (2-14), Willie Wheeler (2-14), Max Jones (2-15) and Cody Hogan (2-14) all finish with nearly identical figures.
The win leaves Avenel sitting second on the ladder, tied for points with Tallarook.
Tallarook v Nagambie
A positive start with the bat by Nagambie came undone after a five-wicket haul from Tallarook’s Blake Coyle, as last year’s premier narrowly defeated the away side.
After the opening partnership between Ricky Misiti (26) and Josh Sanderson (31) — who nearly managed to bat all the way through Nagambie’s innings — was broken the visitors struggled to make runs.
Blair Taylor-Lloyd (11) was the only other batsman to hit double figures, as Nagambie were bowled in 26 overs for 89 runs.
While Nagambie’s bowlers did well to put pressure on Tallarook, its total was always going to be hard to defend.
Brayden Biggs was the pick of the bunch with 3-13 off nine overs (including five maidens), while Sanderson followed his strong batting performance by taking 2-19 and Jarryd Shepherd finished with 2-28.
Tallarook’s victory leaves the two 2016/17 grand finalists at opposite ends of the table after four weeks of cricket.
Yea Tigers v Broadford
The clash between Yea Tigers and Broadford, which sit fourth and third on the ladder respectively, resulted in the A-grade competition’s first draw of the season.
Yea Tigers batted first and their innings was anchored by Matt Lockhart (62) and Ryan Akers (20).
The Tigers were bowled out for 137 runs, with Broadford’s Cam Berry (3-25) and Jeremy Bradshaw (3-20) standing out with the ball.
Broadford, led by Matt Irving (17), Ash Wood (19), Liam Collier (15) and Jeremy Bradshaw (16) were sitting on 6/116 when the match was called off.
Yea’s Ben Tarran took 3-14 from six overs.