Avoca and Natte battle it out for top spot

Avocaʼs Josh Morganti tries a leg side shot during the first innings of round 11 on Saturday when his side went head-to-head with Natte Yallock.

With finalist positions for the A reserve competition still up for grabs, all sides jumped into the final round of the home and away season with high hopes.

Like A grade, the A reserve competition featured a clash of the top two sides, Natte Yallock and Avoca.

Two of the most evenly matched sides in the competition, both had trouble outscoring each other during first innings.

Natte won the toss and sent Avoca in to bat first, and runs were hard to come by.

Ben Morganti started things off well with 33, followed by 24 from Josh Morganti.

Lachlan Morganti came in and smashed out 83, the highest score of the day, but no more high numbers followed.

Jason Hunt was in top form for Natte, making a significant dent in Avoca’s batting side taking 3/31.

Thomas Douglas, Emmet Smith and Alan Streeter cleaned up the remainder of Avoca’s batsmen, taking 2/45, 2/40 and 2/51 respectively.

Taking to the crease to bat out the final 16 overs, Natte made a modest start to the innings.

Hunt and Ryan Weir were knocked out early, making three and 11 respectively.

Replaced by Kurt Mortlock (12) and Thomas Douglas (9), the pair finishing stumps and Natte walked out 2/37.

With Natte in first place and just four points ahead of Avoca, both sides will be struggling for the top.

The fourth placed Creswick Imperials swooped into the final round of the home and away season in peak form, smashing out a huge score during first innings against Colt Phelans

Batting first, the Knights had a strong start to the match, with Richard Palmer making a huge 93.

Solid scoring from David Coxall (27), Peter Constable (22), Dale Chalmers (23) and Steven Miles (28) was more than enough to see the Knights’ tally soar, and by the end of their overs the side was 9/233.

Colts bowler Matt Henderson managed to knock out the high scoring Palmer during his 13 overs, taking 3/43, while Chris Watts came in and helped clean up the rest taking 3/31.

The Colts took to the crease to bat, but with six overs remaining, there was little work the side could do, and Robert Tatchell (5) and Sebastian Borg (6) finished stumps, ending the day 0/11.

Sitting eight points outside of the top four in sixth place, the Colts could be facing the end of their 2017- 18 season.

Talbot had a promising start to clash with Maryborough, winning the first innings with ease.

For more on this story see Page 37 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, March 9.

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