A reserve and B grade heats up as finals near

Natte Yallockʼs Tom Douglas bats in the sideʼs B grade clash with Carisbrook at the weekend. Natte will now head to semi finals while Carisbrook ended its 2018-19 campaign on Saturday.

A reserve kicked off round nine while B grade’s finals teams were decided on Saturday as the Maryborough District Cricket Association’s 2018-19 season draws to a close.

Avoca’s domination of the A reserve competition has continued with a 191-run slaughtering of second placed Beaufort.

The Crows were sent to bat first, but didn’t even last 20 overs at the crease before they were claimed by the Dogs.

Zac McLeod was the side’s leading runscorer for the day, with a mere score of 10 runs showing just how hard Avoca went with the ball in hand.

Nathan Holland (6/17) and skipper Lachlan Morganti (4/18) were Avoca’s only wicket takers for the day, claiming the entire Beaufort side for 36 runs.

Avoca filled the remainder of the day with its reply innings, coming to a whopping score of 6/227 by day’s end.

With a runscore of 89, Morganti proved himself just as useful with bat as he was with the ball.

Cam Holland (66 not out) was also incredibly productive for the Dogs on Saturday.

The one-day victory leaves room for Avoca to declare a second innings in an attempt to claim an outright win, but the clear difference in sides is unlikely to make for a competitive second slog.

Day one of round nine also saw Clunes and Colts Phelans go head- to-head with Colts taking a clear lead with a 250-run total.

Colts was sent in first by the home side and a stellar performance from Aaron Balzan in his first A reserve match of the year launched the side towards victory.

Balzan was a welcome addition on Saturday and with an individual score of 123 not out, showed the competition why he is usually seen on the A grade list.

Clunes did manage to bowl out the rest of the Colts’ batsmen however, with Alan Kenna the most impressive with the ball taking a figure of 3/59.

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