Smyth’s seven and Hicks’ hundred highlight round

A stunning seven-wicket haul and a century have highlighted the latest round of the MDCA’s A reserve season.

MKM’s Jaxon Smyth claimed 7/12 and Avoca’s Gavan Hicks blasted 111 runs in Saturday’s round three, a round which left Carisbrook as the only team without a win in 2017-18.

In a game between two of the then three remaining winless sides of the season, Smyth’s bag of seven was the catalyst in MKM’s 105-run victory over the Brookers.

Despite a number of Mill’s top level players taking part in the game due to the club’s A grade side facing the bye, it was Smyth that stole the show with his efforts with the ball in hand seeing Carisbrook bungled out for just 39 in reply to MKM’s total of 144.

Smyth bowled four of his victims, had two caught and one trapped LBW with only Benny Huismann able to reach double figures for Carisbrook with a score of 11.

In the earlier innings, it was Aaron Westbrook who scored the bulk of MKM’s runs, posting 61 in a hard-hitting innings that included seven fours and two sixes.

Joel Radlof also contributed 21 runs in the innings, which was brought to a quick close by Carisbrook’s Darren Oliver who bowled 4.3 overs to take 5/34.

The win pushed MKM to seventh position on the ladder and added another team to the logjam existing between positions fourth and ninth with all six sides currently occupying those ladder places locked on six premiership points.

Talbot, Natte Yallock and Avoca sit above the logjam, all undefeated and all on 18 premiership points.

It was Hicks’ magnificent century, his first in the MDCA competition that led Avoca to a 104-run win over Colts Phelans.

Opening the batting, Hicks didn’t depart the crease until Avoca had 174 runs on the board, with his 111 accounting for more than half of his side’s eventual total of 7/209.

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