SDCA | Broadford, Pyalong solidify top spots as season resumes

By Meg Saultry

After picking up wins against Kilmore and Royals as local cricket resumed on Saturday, Broadford and Pylaong sustained their grip at the top of the B-grade ladder, 13 rounds in.

Despite an all-round performance from Kilmore’s Pavi Singh (47 not out and 3-16), home side Broadford held on for a 12-run victory over the visitors at Harley Hammond Reserve.

Batting first, Broadford opener Connor Stute (41) was influential in setting up his side’s stand, which reached 60 before the fall of the second wicket.

Jake Martin (16) was also handy with the pine, with Broadford finishing on 109 with a wicket in hand after 20 overs.

Joining Singh in attack was Dean Manuel, who starred with 4-13.

With the chase set, Singh then batted out the entire innings, though the visitors’ run rate failed to hit the mark as they trailed on 7-97 at the end of play. 

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Going down to the wire was the contest between Puckapunyal and Eastern Hill, with the army base securing the points with the final ball.

Prescribing the Eagles to 4-120 after 20 overs, Puckapunyal remained steady with the bat to finish on 3-122 from the exact amount of deliveries.

Puckapunyal’s Steven Mott (38) and Aaron Ridgeway (34) both put together handy innings’ to help their side's cause.

In contrast, the Royals couldn’t muster the runs late to upsurge Pyalong, falling three runs short of their chase.

After a solid attack kept Pyalong to 7-86, the Royals fell short of the required run-rate to finish on 6-83. 

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Top four teams Avenel and Alexandra fought it at Leckie Park with fourth-ranked Avenel outplaying the home side by 59 runs.

Posting 4-164 with the bat, Avenel’s attack continued the team's good form as Alexandra petered out at 7-103.

Tylah Long and Chris Tingay took two wickets apiece for Avenel, while Will Wheeler was terrific in the field, raking in three catches to go alongside his wicket of Justin Leary.

A stunning innings with the bat from Yea’s Dan O’Dwyer has led the Tigers to a 25-run win over Tallarook.

O’Dwyer powered Yea’s innings with 79 to his name, as the Tigers posted a winning score of 5-155.

Close one: Eastern Hill's Peter Speechley eyes his rival after an unsuccessful leg before wicket call in C-grade on Saturday. 

• In C-grade action, a brilliant attack from Kilmore saw Broadford Red sent back to the clubhouse all out for 40 after just 14 overs.

In just his third game in the league, Kilmore’s Alistair Clark took his first wicket for the club before powering on to finish with figures of 3-3.

Joining Clark in attack was James Denney, who finished with 2-3.

With a short chase on their hands, Kilmore wrapped up the match in 10 overs, with Martin Denney (19) and David MacBean (22) pushing Kilmore to 1-45.

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A win over Eastern Hill sees Broadford Black on the precipice of the top four assault later this season.

Broadford bowler Cody Ball kicked things off, finishing with 3-9 to keep the Eagles to 8-69 before Tim Hanson (26) and Kyle Redenbach (39) wrapped up the match for Black in 13 overs.

Eagles bowler Shane Moore was the sole wicket-taker for the home side, finishing with 2-9.

Rounding out the weekend’s results, Pyalong’s attack held on for a thrilling one-run victory over Alexandra while Seymour defeated the Puckapunyal Wanderers on forfeit.