TROLLOPE ROUNDUP SAT 18th JAN
Ainslie Park 8/146 were defeated by Lilydale 2/147 by 8 wkts
After Ainslie Park winning the toss and electing to bat they found it tough to build partnerships all day due to tight bowling especially from Adam Humphrey 1/18 and Jarrod Thompson 1/21 both off their allotted 8 overs. With Leigh Jones (25) and Aydn Sier (29) gave AP some hope of posting a competitive score , it was Cam Spaulding who picked up the crucial wicket of Sier and finish with 3/35 off 7 overs.
In reply, Lilydale set about the run chase in emphatic style with an opening partnership of 110 thanks to Cam Spaulding (45) having a great all round performance and a brutal innings from Dan Thompson (71) including five 6’s. All be it with David Killeen (1/16 off 8) showing some resilience with the ball this didn’t stop Lilydale cruise to an 8 wkt victory.
South Croydon 4/146 defeated Montrose 9/143 by 6 wkts
Montrose elected to bat and were looking to back up on their impressive win last week. South Croydon got off to a great start and again it was Ryan Smith (2/12 off 8) bowling an excellent spell, but with Rory Tattersall (2/14 off 8) picking up the crucial wicket of Michael Edwards Montrose were in heaps of trouble at 8/63. But thanks to Matt McKane (46) and Cheyne Van Koll (40 n.o) putting on an impressive 9th wicket partnership of 64 a now respectable was achieved.
After losing an early wicket, it was that man again Ryan Smith who continued his great season with 50 off 46 balls to put his side in a commanding position at 1/79. A couple of wickets did fall in quick succession but it was Michael King (24 n.o) to help see his team across the line with 4 overs to spare
Mooroolbark 7/165 defeated East Ringwood 138 a.o by 27 runs
After winning the toss and electing to bat it was the inform Ben Thomas who again led from the front with an impressive 75. Wickets did fall steadily with Caleb Delaney (3/17 off 7) proving hard to get away and eventually picking up the wicket of Thomas to halt Mooroolbark’s innings. Matt Crowle (2/32 off 8) picked up the wicket of the returning John Aumman , but was a Aden Higgins batting at nine that finished off the innings at 165 with a four and a six which in the context of things proving very crucial.
A good start was needed by East Ringwood, and at 1/74 were in a good position with Jack Price (25) and Taylor Gibson (59) showing glimpses of his 20/20 form. But it was Ben Thomas’s day again finishing with figures of 4/26 off his 8 overs, ably supported by Wayne Ross (2/23 off 7). This result now sees Mooroolbark into the 4 for the first time this season and on a roll.
Wantirna South 9/149 defeated North Ringwood 7/148 by 1 wkt.
In a top of the table clash it was North Ringwood who won the toss and elected to bat. With Aaron Leis (55) showing good early form there wasn’t any real partnerships being formed and with 3 run outs during the innings this not helping North Ringwood’s cause to post an imposing total. Luke McPhie (44 n.o) again batting well in the middle order helping his team get to 7/148 at close of innings. Nick McDonald being pick of the bowlers for Wantirna South with 2/22 off 8 overs.
In reply Wantirna South were soon in trouble at 4/16 with all of the wickets falling to Jay Stoikos (4/19 off 6). A fine partnership of 75 between Troy McGown (36) and Michael McDonald (39) steadied the ship and in control at 4/91. But then it was Luke Ridgewell with miserly figures of 1/12 off 8 overs putting the pressure on and see the score go to 7/96. Nick McDonald (27) and Travis Clarke (14 n.o) put on a valuable 35 run stand , but then 2 wickets saw Wantirna South needing 9 runs with the last pair in. Victory was sealed with Travis Clarke and Drew McKay eking out the win.
Today (Sunday) sees another round of 1 dayers with the fixtures as follows:
Ainslie Park v Wantirna South
Montrose v East Ringwood
North Ringwood v Lilydale
Mooroolbark v South Croydon