Maryborough has proven it is still a force to be reckoned with in round two of the Maryborough District Cricket Association, recording a nine wicket win over Laanecoorie Dunolly on Saturday.
Maryborough skipper Marc Cassidy’s decision to bowl first on a green Princes Park was proven correct shortly into Dunolly’s innings when opener Nathan Leist popped up a return catch to Cassidy with Dunolly’s score on just 33.
Adam Hurse scored another breakthrough shortly after when he trapped Laane youngster Tyson Templeton for just six, while Cassidy struck again shortly after when teenage opener Josh Williams, who top scored with 30, edged a rising delivery through to Warren Berry, with Dunolly left reeling at 3/64.
Laane captain Liam Mottram did little to aid his team’s cause when he became the first of Kieran McDowell’s four victims for the day, falling for seven with the score unchanged.
McDowell and medium pacer Daniel Nicholson then cut a swathe through Dunolly’s batting line-up, with McDowell snaring 4/27 and Nicholson claiming 3/15 as the visitors fell for just 121.
In reply, Maryborough lost just one wicket on their way to victory led by opening batsman Corey Taylor, who notched an unbeaten 65 against his former club, aided by Cassidy, who put in another hard-hitting display to finish the day on 28 not out.
Meanwhile, former captain Matt Brown made a welcome return to Colts Phelans’ line-up, top scoring for his side with 39 not out as they defeated MKM by eight wickets.
After MKM’s batting woes continued, with a gritty half-century from Travis Moschetti helping the side limp to be all out for 99, Brown, backed up by Mark Wyllie (23) and Dayne Baker (25 not out), led Colts to an easy victory which sees them in second place on the A grade ladder behind Maryborough.
Carisbrook bounced back from its disappointing start to the season to steamroll Beaufort by eight wickets on the back of a five wicket haul to recruit Sam Bartlett.
Bartlett snared figures of 5/20 to destroy Beaufort’s hopes of a win as the Crows struggled to find themselves all out for just 75, with Jay English top scoring on 33.
Carisbrook lost just two wickets in their run chase, with Dean Nalder thrashing Beaufort’s bowlers on his way to an unbeaten 51.