Headlining B-grade action in the Seymour District Cricket Association on Saturday, the Royals fell one run short of a third-round victory over Kilmore.
Kilmore’s Darragh Kerrigan was instrumental to limiting the Royals’ run chase, claiming 4/9 while teammates Pavi Singh and Elliot Frendo each took a handy two wickets.
Earlier in the match, strong batting from Manny Singh (25) and David Heather (25) helped push Kilmore out to 5/84 after the 20 overs.
In another close match, Pyalong defeated Avenel with an over to spare.
Chasing 129, Pyalong hit their target in 19 overs with seven wickets in hand, with Peter Campbell (40), Chris Wittig (30 not out) and Daniel Sowden (38 not out) anchoring the innings.
A superb bowling effort from Alexandra saw Tallarook’s batting order crumble on Saturday.
Alexandra posted a respectable 104 off the bat, with Jason Reynolds leading the way with 33.
And in a strong showing with the ball, Reynolds (2-7) teamed up with Shaun Graham (3-4) and Will Ellis (2-4) in keeping Tallarook to 58 runs in 20 overs.
Broadford proved too strong for Puckapunyal, beating the army base by 48 runs.
Broadford's Branden Thomas starred with the bat, posting 41 runs, before Austin Withers cleaned up Puckapunyal’s batsmen with three wickets.
Clint Tippett did his best to help Puckapunyal’s efforts, claiming all four wickets in Broadford’s batting innings.
Wrapping up the round of B-grade, Eastern Hill held off Yea Tigers by a slim five runs.
Batting first, the Eagles posted 5/113, led by Oliver Bryant (40), before limiting the Tigers to 6/108 for the innings.
● In C-grade, Kilmore posted a tidy total of 5/92 before bowling Broadford Red out for 57, while Doug France led Seymour to victory over Puckapunyal Nomads, his 4-4 efforts with the ball sending Nomads all out for 52.
Following with the bat, Seymour openers James Voogt (16) and Cam Kirby (33) easily scored the run count required in a short nine overs.
On the other hand, Puckapunyal Wanderers beat Avenel by 43 runs, with bowlers Phil Brooks (3-25) and Bowdy Richards (2-9) helping skittle Avenel’s batting line up.
Broadford bowler Harley Austin had a day out against Broadford, finishing with 5-6, including a hat-trick, in Broadford’s 81 run win, while Alexandra finished their weekend on a high, with Tim Orgill (37) and Darren Waixel (21 not out) easily chasing the 69 runs required to beat the Royals.