Day 2 dawned fine and sunny for the last day of the Ringwood & District Cricket Association 18/19 season.
In Trollope Shield, being live streamed for the first time, Lilydale resumed at 2/20, chasing East Ringwood’s 167. Lilydale lost a couple of early wickets on day 2 to be 5/64, Isaac Delaney with the first 5 wickets. Small partnerships followed which got Lilydale to 8/115, Mitch Ebeyer was Lilydale’s rock as he continued to defy the East Ringwood attack. A 38 run partnership between Mitch Ebeyer (62 from 225 balls) and Quinton Hodgkinson (16 from 52 balls) took Lilydale to within sight of victory when Hodgkinson was dismissed with the score at 9/153. The match was in the balance with the overs running down and 1 wicket remaining. Callen Stevens and Mitch Ebeyer defied the East Ringwood attack and celebrated in style as they reached the required target with 2 overs remaining. Lilydale go Back to Back in Trollope Shield. Mitch Ebeyer man of the match.
In Wilkins, Mooroolbark started the day at 2/54 needing 28 more runs to pass Wonga Park’s 81. It was game on with Wonga picking up 4 quick wickets as Mooroolbark progressed to 6-81 with the scores now level. More drama was to unfold as Wonga’s Sam Matthews then claimed a hat-trick to leave Mooroolbark at 9/81 ! Mooroolbark’s run to take the lead was off a dropped slips catch. Mooroolbark were dismissed soon after for 89, Wonga batting again made 1/111 before declaring with Ben Mathews 67 and Toby Ford 29. In reply Mooroolbark finished on 3/64 to win the Wilkins Cup and return to Trollope Shield next season.
Warranwood set out in chase of Croydon North’s 190 in Newey Plate, an early wicket saw Warranwood 1/11 before a 41 run stand between Daniel Turner (18) and Cameron Moore (17) steadied the innings before a third wicket was lost, leaving Warranwood at 3/54. A 4th wicket stand of 129 between Brendan Moore (57*) and Samuel Fowless (59) saw the Sharks to 4/184 and with no further loss they finished on 4/191, to take out the Newey Plate and return to Wilkins Cup action next season.
Pascoe Shield saw Kilsyth post 188 on day 1. Ainslie Park’s chase began well with an opening partnership of 103 between Nathan Croot (65) and Dillon Bettess (50) before they lost 4/56 as the game tightened up. A 6th wicket partnership of 31 between William Killen (14) and James Hunter (17) saw Ainslie Park home with 5/190 and the Pascoe Shield in their possession.
In Meehan Shield, Warranwood’s imposing 7/298 proved too much for Lilydale who made 186.
Other winners today were North Ringwood in A Grade, Montrose in B Grade, Lilydale in C Grade, Heathmont Baptists in D Grade and Mooroolbark in E Grade.