An outstanding bowling effort from Eastern Hill’s Ben Bryant wasn’t enough to see the Eagles seal a round 11 A-grade victory over Kilmore, the game instead playing out for a draw by the end of the two-day clash.
After storms interrupted play early at Kilmore Cricket Ground on day one, the Eagles resumed their first innings at 6-198 last Saturday.
Wanting to make quick work of the Eagles’ lower order, Kilmore went about business, dismissing Alan Sinclair for a duck, while Matt Collard (48) would soon fall just short of a half century.
After Jake Sutherland (14) and Tim Rudd-Schmidt (7) found the boundaries late, the Eagles pushed on to 221 before the final wicket fell.
Spearheading Kilmore’s efforts on day two was Corey Dennehy (3-36) who snared the wickets of Sinclair, Collard and Sutherland, to record best figures for the team.
Switching to the pine, it was Josh Buttler who kept Kilmore in the match for most of the day with an unbeaten 64, but it wasn’t until Shane Topham (56) came in at eight, that Buttler had a reliable partner to work with.
With Kilmore’s innings hanging by a thread on 6-50, the pair partnered for 90 runs before Topham was dismissed by Bryant.
Bryant in turn was brilliant with the ball, taking 6-37 - which included four of the five top-order batsmen - while Rudd-Schmidt snared the other two.
In the end though, Kilmore forced the draw by holding down their ends, finishing the day on 180 with two wickets in hand.
Both teams will have tough assignments on their hands this Saturday, with Kilmore traveling to face Tallarook, and Eastern Hill playing competition leaders Yea away from home.
● Seymour continue to languish at the bottom of the A-grade ladder after a first innings loss to Yea on Saturday.
Resuming play on 7-84 at Chittick Park, the Maroons failed to rebuild their innings, adding only 10 extra runs to their total before being dismissed.
After a strong day one, Andrew Chisholm picked up some late wickets to finish his innings on 5-27, while Corey Malcolm had three wickets to his name.
Kick-starting their chase, Yea looked in trouble early, before a solid mid-order stand got the visitors over the line.
Yea opener Damon Malcolm (22) started his side off well, but following his dismissal the Tigers fell to 5-53.
But it was Ryan Akers (32) and Cam Armstrong (27) who would prove the heroes, combining to steer the Tigers past triple figures.
Seymour's Dan McLarty (4-32) did his best to stifle the Tigers’ momentum, but it was to little effect, as the Tigers called their innings on 7-132 to wrap up a round 11 victory.
Yea will host Eastern Hill at their home ground this Saturday, while Seymour will be desperate to make inroads against Broadford when the two teams meet at Harley Hammond Reserve this weekend.