A late order stand from Kilmore’s A-grade tail end on Saturday has somewhat salvaged their first innings which fell from 3-92 to 6-94 in a matter of moments.
Meeting at Kilmore Cricket Ground, the home team’s rivals Broadford won the toss and sent the former in to bat first.
Kilmore were able to quickly get off the mark, with Kevin Craddock (25) and Marcus Davern (20) solid performers at the top end.
But Broadford persisted in attack and were rewarded with successive wickets.
Davern, along with Ash Lovick, went within two runs of one another, while the dismissals of Craddock, Shane Topham and Jacob Walton caused a mid-innings breakdown, Kilmore losing three wickets for two runs.
It was then left to the likes of Ben Trezise (17), Matt Rose (29) and Ben Dawson (16) who performed solidly further down the order to get Kilmore to 169.
Broadford’s attack was well led by Taylor Shell, who submitted his best performance of the season with figures of 4-19, while Jeremy Bradshaw continued his solid form this season with three wickets to his name.
Broadford finished the day on 0-21, with Blair Hobba (6) and Ashley Wood (10) set to resume their side’s defence this Saturday.
● Runs were tough to come by in the opening day’s battle between top two sides Yea Tigers and Tallarook.
Tallarook won the toss and elected to bat first at Yea Recreation Reserve, but things quickly went south as opener Mitch Itter was run out for a duck.
Compounding the pain was the run out of Jac Smith-Williams soon after, as Tallarook fell to 2-12.
Adam Howard (9) occupied the crease with skipper Lachlan Watts (12), before a clump of wickets fell - Tallarook going from 2-31 to 6-33.
Tallarook’s wicketkeeper Cameron Muir (29 from 59 balls) ushered the side forward with his best score of the season, but little could be done to salvage the damage, Tallarook all out 75.
Yea’s Andrew Chisholm, who captained the side in the absence of Mick Steiner, was in good nick, finishing with 4-18.
But when it was their time to bat, the Tigers fared only slightly better than the Rooks, finishing day one on 7-82.
Cam Armstrong again led the charge with 35, though the Tigers also lost wickets in groups.
Watts (4-40), along with Leigh Irving (3-26) toiled away for Tallarook’s attack by shouldering most of the workload.
They combined for 30 of the 36 overs bowled.
Yea’s Chris Piggott (11) and Josh Johnson (2) remain at the crease for Yea ahead of day two this Saturday.