A one day fixture was played in Saturday marking the last game before the Christmas break.
In Trollope Shield Montrose won the toss, invited Ainslie Park to bat and regretted the decision. Jake Tucker (156 off 122 balls) shared partnerships with Trent Sier (23) and Josh Bettess (34) to see the Parkers close their innings at 6-246 off 40 overs. Tyler Sonsini (3-27) had the best bowling figures for Montrose. The run chase started poorly when Montrose lost 2-22 but partnerships then formed between Kieran Perkins (119), Michael Edwards (28) and Rhys Schelfout (25) to see the Wolves move to 4-137. However, once these partnerships were broken their lower order batsmen could not stay with Perkins and they lost 5-38 to be all out for 206.
South Croydon batted against Lilydale and were soon in trouble at 2-18. Tom Wynne (51) and Michael King (19) took the score to 80 but tight bowling of the Falcons attack led by Daniel Thompson (3-25) ensure the Bulldogs total never got out of hand to see them through to 9-155. In reply, Lilydale made hard work of the chase. Mitchell Ebyer (30) held the top order together to reach 5-102. James Markland (33) and Ronen Erulkar (16) then forged a 6th wicket partnership of 53. Needing 4 off the last over, a 6 off the 2nd ball by Brenton Pearce sealed the Bulldog’s fate to see Lilydale finish on 6-158.
North Ringwood were sent in by Wantirna South and after a solid start by Nat I’Anson (28) and Luke McPhie (25) saw the Bulls stand at 2-100 off 24 overs. Simon Gray (115) and Ryan Peter-Budge (63) then shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 129 to see North Ringwood score 139 runs off the last 16 overs to finish on 3-239. In reply, the Devils were never in the hunt and collapsed to be all out for 109. Brendon Leis (3-21) and Ryan Peter-Budge (3-29) took bowling honours and Troy McGown (42) top scored.
In the closest game of the day, bottom placed Bayswater Park pulled off the surprise of the day by beating ladder leader East Ringwood. After being sent in by East Ringwood the Sharks collapsed to 5-71 before Todd Cordwell (54) and Mathew Parker (36) shared a 6 wicket stand of 75 before closing their innings at 9-160. Nick Kearney (4-31) did best with the ball. In reply, Jordan Rutherford (4-24) took the 1st 4 wickets to have the Roos at 4-51. Sameet Brar-Singh (70) then held the innings together but was last man out in the last over to see the Roos fall 3 runs short at 157.