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MKM batted well to overtake Colts Phelans’ total of 8/181 in A grade of the Maryborough and District Cricket Association on Saturday at the Ron Sinclair Oval.

Colts opener, Aaron Balzan batted well to be the mainstay of the innings and accumulated 63 runs in a top knock.

Ben Hoban managed 24 in an opening partnership with Balzan of 62 but only Dayne Baker 23 and Kane Shepherd 21 not out were good contributors down the order.

Butch Kennedy, Marty Noonan and Scott Sellers all took two wickets for the Mill.

Colts Phelans’ score of 8/181 was competitive and the Mill would have to bat well to get the points.

After losing a wicket without a run on the board, Travis Moschetti 40 and Sam Bartlett 31, settled in for a terrific partnership of 72. However, both fell lbw within six runs of each other as the Mill went to 3/78 and the game was in the balance.

When a further two wickets fell for just seven runs, the Mill had lost 4/13 and Colts was right in the hunt having the opposition 5/85, still requiring nearly 100 runs for victory.

Noonan and Kennedy went about restoring the Mill innings and put on an even 50 runs before Noonan was bowled by Graham Taylor for 27.

Maxi McMillan joined Kennedy in the middle and the pair put on a matchwinning stand of 58 to guide MKM to a solid win.

Kennedy top scored with 53 not out and McMillan was unbeaten on 27 as the Mill finished at 6/194.

Clunes creams St arnaud

On a batting friendly pitch at Lord Nelson Park in St Arnaud, Clunes smashed 5/206 in what was a good team performance and then bundled the opposition out for just 71.

All the Clunes batsmen did the job with Dan Jordan top scoring with 61 not out and others to do well included Mick Allen 30, C. Banwell 26 and Ben Coon 24.

Wickets crashed early for St Arnaud and at 4/21 it was always going to be a long way back for the host club.

James Guthrie ripped through the top order taking 3/16 and then Nev Richards cleaned up the middle order and tail claiming 4/20 as St Arnaud was routed for just 71.

Bruce Hando was the only batsmen to get going and he top scored with 27.

carisbrook wins again

Carisbrook batted well to comfortably chase down Laanecoorie Dunolly’s score of 9/138 to win their contest.

Laanecoorie Dunolly batted first and managed 138 with openers Shane Polinelli 32 and Col McKenzie 20 sharing a handy partnership of 56.

When this union was broken, wickets fell regularly and Laane crashed to 8/98 with Dean Nalder doing most of the damage, taking 4/19.

Rearguard action from Josh Lacey 24 not out, Tyson Templeton 11 and Trevor Daly nine not out got the total up to 138.

Carisbrook started ordinarily losing 3/34 but then Lachlan Coutts and Jackson Bowen joined forces and put together a matchwinning unbeaten partnership of 108 to guide the home team to victory.

Coutts was not out 64 which included seven boundaries and a six while Bowen was 42 not out with five boundaries..

Steve Dellavedova took the only three wickets to fall for just 20 runs from his eight overs in a top effort.

‘Borough cruises home

At the Beaufort High School, Maryborough defeated the host team by five wickets.

Beaufort won the toss and batted but was soon in trouble as the quicks of Maryborough made inroads.

Best partnership for Beaufort was the last one of 20 runs as the team was bundled out for 99.

Youngster Nick Hind cleaned up the middle order to take 3/24 while Samuel McDowell took two early wickets.

In reply, Maryborough stumbled and at one stage was in quite a bit of trouble at 5/56 but Marshall Bell 28 not out and Tyson Macilwain 20 not out, did the job for the visitors.

Scott Thomas had the batsmen on the back foot early and took two wickets.

Maryborough, the reigning premier, is undefeated after five one day matches this season despite losing a number of key players.

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