Round 7 of the Ringwood and District Cricket Association’s competition was a 1day fixture and despite heavy rain during the week the majority of teams fought out a result.
In Trollope Shield the closest game of the round was between Ainslie Park and Lilydale. After Ainslie won the toss and batted their innings was controlled by opener Trent Sier (72) and with Rowan Peters (32) and David Killen (20) making middle order contributions were able to compile 8-177 off 40 overs. Wickets were shared by the Falcons bowlers. In reply, Mark Arnot (5-15) took the first 5 Lilydale wicket to reduce them to 5-50. Opener Cameron Spaulding (74) weathered the storm and a 7th wicket partnership of 79 with James Markland (35) put Lilydale in sight of victory. Needing 10 runs off the last over, Callum Stevens (11no) hit the 2nd last ball for 6 to take 1st innings points by 1 run.
The game between East Ringwood and Wantirna South was reduced to 26 overs each after torrential rain hit after an hours play. Batting 1st Cameron Smith (50) and Nalaka De Silva (44) produced a 101 opening stand only to see Wantirna South fall away after the rain to finish on 6-128. In reply, despite losing an early wicket the Roos through the batting of Jack Price (55) and Taylor Gibson (50no) were able to reel in the total with 10 balls to spare finishing on 5-131. Drew McKay (3-22) took bowling honour for the Devils.
South Croydon’s Ollie Brown (68) and Scott Cogan (35) were the only Bulldog’s batsmen to get going when they compiled 165 off 38 overs against Montrose.
Daniel Dimitriou (3-29) produced the best bowling figures for the Wolves. Fortunes fluctuated throughout the run chase by Montrose but losing Jake Crowe (30) and Michael Edwards (34) on 93 slowed their rate and despite Justin Perkins (43no) making a valiant attempt for victory the Wolves finished 3 runs short on 7-162.
The Bayswater Park and North Ringwood game was also reduced to 34 overs each. North’s batting stocks were weakened with the absence of Matt Stoikos and Luke Ervine through injury. Batting 1st the Bulls compiled 7-128 with Matthew Reyment (37) and Simon Gray (25) top scoring. In reply, Bayswater Park registered their first win of the season by reaching 4-132.