Laanecoorie Dunolly’s chances of participating in the Maryborough and District Cricket Association A grade finals this season appear all but over when the side was beaten by a run by St Arnaud on Saturday.
The match was played at Deledio Park in Dunolly with St Arnaud batting first and hitting up the very competitive total of 4/183.
Travis Stefanos led the way with 61 and Dom Rhoden hit out to be 39 not out after being dropped on a couple of occasions. Best of the home town bowlers was Glen Templeton with two wickets.
In its run chase, Laane Dunolly started disastrously, losing 4/28 and was right behind the eight-ball. Glen Templeton 35 and Liam Mottram put on 75 for the fifth wicket.
Josh Lacey 24 joined Mottram 59 and the pair got to 136 before Mottram lost his wicket.
Tyson Templeton chipped in with 11 but it appeared that the home team’s chase was over.
However, a second last ball six by Steve Dellavedova threw a different light on the outcome.
Off the final Al Sharp delivery, a single was scored leaving the host club 8/182, just one run behind St Arnaud’s total.
While it was a top performance by the Laane batsmen, the side would have been ruing the 20 wides bowled earlier in the day.
Sharp and Rhys Swanton took two wickets each for St Arnaud which is in fifth spot on the ladder.
‘BOROUGH GETS THE POINTS
Maryborough got the points over a competitive MKM outfit at the Ron Sinclair Oval.
Maryborough won the toss and batted and opener Marc Cassidy kept the top order together with 28 and when he fell, the side was 4/70.
Martin Dell and Tyson Macilwain 31 then added 64 for the fifth wicket to set the platform of the ‘Borough’s total of 186.
Dell stayed with the tail to add invaluable runs and he finished with the top knock of 61 not out.
Wickets were shared by the Mill bowlers with Butch Kennedy taking three and Matt Sinclair, Scott Sellers and Sam Bartlett two each.
The Mill batsmen got a little bogged down by the accuracy of the ‘Borough bowlers and despite having wickets in the shed, fell 23 runs short – 3/163.
Marty Noonan was in great touch with the willow and finished with 58 not out and he shared a great 90 run partnership with Butch Kennedy 40.
CLUNES WINS EASILY
Clunes hit up 175 runs against Beaufort and this proved well too many for the host side.
James Featherston top scored with 47 for Clunes and Ben Gillam 28 and Mick Allen 26 were also handy. Ben Hayes, David Nicholls and Simon Hayes all claimed two wickets for Beaufort.
The host club was in trouble from the opening over and crashed to 4/16 with Jason Yole ripping the heart out of the side by taking 3/14 from his eight accurate overs. In fact all the Clunes bowlers took wickets as Beaufort was dismissed for just 93 with Ben Hayes top scoring with 22.
Carisbrook chased down Colts Phelans’ mediocre score of 9/127 to win comfortably.
Colts struggled against the accurate bowling of Brad Wood, Jackson Bowen and Andrew Vine and was in heaps of trouble at 5/24.
Aaron Balzan 52 not out held the innings together coming in at the unusual position of number six as he has opened for many seasons.
Dayne Baker 22 shared a 64 run partnership with Balzan which helped Colts to reach 127.
Vine, Wood and Bowen all took two wickets for the ‘Brook.
Carisbrook started well with an opening stand of 49 between Martin Mark 16 and Matt Dunn 25.
Both the openers fell on this score but then most of the batsmen contributed to get to 7/142.
Carisbrook appeared in trouble at 7/119 but Brad Wood 21 not out and Leigh Koop 18 not out, steered the team to victory. Sam Johnston and Tom Hart both bowled well for Colts.