Cricket was back in a big way at the weekend as round seven of the MDCA’s 2018-19 season got underway on Saturday with Clunes travelling to Princes Park to clash with Maryborough.
There were high expectations for the game of the round as it was the first time the two sides had met in two-day cricket since Maryborough snatched victory from the Magpies in the 2017-18 two-day grand final.
With a successful reputation to maintain, the Owls wasted no time taking to the crease on Saturday and put on a show for the higher ranking Magpies.
First order batsmen Ben Hoban and Sam Bartlett were in fine form as they took to the pitch, but it was Bartlett who outshone his captain, making 68 runs before he was caught out off a Brendan Robinson ball.
Hoban had less success at the crease, only managing to put 14 runs on the board before he was caught out by Fred Penhall off a Jeremy Beggs delivery.
While Bartlett made a significant impact on the Owls’ tally, it was Martin Dell who was the most influential with the bat, smashing 83 runs before the Magpies could catch him out.
Ten runs from Mitch McClure saw Clunes starting to sweat, but his score was the last significant score any Maryborough batsman could produce.
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