A superb innings of 70 not out from Tallarook’s Leigh Irving secured a total too far from Broadford’s reach in the season opener at Tallarook Recreation Reserve, with reigning premiers Tallarook taking the points with a 23-run victory.
Electing to bat first, Tallarook looked in trouble early after falling to 3/35.
But a strong partnership from Irving and Jac Smith-Williams (51) re-positioned the team to reach 6/160 by the end of the full 45 overs.
And hell bent on defending their total, Tallarook wasted no time in sending Broadford’s openers Blair Hobba (3) and Mitch Collier (5) back to the club house with their tails between their legs.
A solid innings from Broadford duo Braden Hickey and Jake Martin made Tallarook work for the win, with both batters notching 32 runs each.
But their dismissals meant game over for Broadford, with the tail end falling just short of the chase.
Dismissing Broadford with just over three overs remaining, Tallarook’s Coby Schulz worked wonders with the ball to finish on 4/30 while Mitch Itter was no slouch either, claiming 3/21 for the day.
● Kilmore kicked off its A-grade season with a sound five-wicket win over Eastern Hill, with Connor McLeod the hero, dismantling the Eagles’ middle batting order to finish with four wickets.
Eastern Hill won the toss and set out to post a hard-to-beat score, with Alan Sinclair holding down the fort as Kilmore began to chip away at those around Sinclair.
But with Sinclair sitting on 46, McLeod struck for his first of the day, the opening batter caught by Josh Buttler.
And the crucial wicket was only the start, with McLeod snaring the next two wickets within three runs of each other.
Sitting on 96, it looked like Eastern Hill may not make it past 100, with McLeod and teammate Ash Lovick dismissing another batter each to send the Eagles into disrepair on 9/96.
But in fighting spirit, tail enders Fraser Lewis (3) and Jake Sutherland (11) combined for a solid late run to push Eastern Hill past three digits, before Lewis fell with 22 balls remaining.
Chasing Eastern Hill’s total of 113, it was a strong innings from Kilmore’s top end in Buttler (44), Matt Rose (18) and Lovick (25) which meant Kilmore easily ran down Eastern Hill’s score with five wickets in tact and 10 overs remaining.
Sutherland was the best with the ball for Eastern Hill, finishing with 3/21.
● Round two of the SDCA A-grade competition will kick off this Saturday, with games set to start at 12.30pm.
Yea hosts Eastern Hill at Yea Recreation Reserve, Broadford will be looking for their first win when they face Seymour at Harley Hammond Reserve, while Tallarook and Kilmore go head-to-head at Tallarook Recreation Reserve.