A day for the batsmen in the WGCA

Youngster Shem Smith gave it a whack on the weekend with a bold half-century. 204295 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS

WGCA OTHER GRADES

REVIEW – ROUND 12

B GRADE

Nar Nar Goon/Maryknoll etched closer to fifth position on the ladder with a win over Emerald.

The Bombers won the toss, opted to bat and found themselves in immediate trouble.

The Marygoons bowled the Bombers out for just 81 in the first innings as Scott Hayes claimed 3/12 and Josh Hodson 2/2.

In reply, the Marygoons had more trouble than desired reeling in the total, but did so in 20 overs with five wickets in hand.

Pakenham Upper/Toomuc, meanwhile, recorded a commanding victory over Gembrook.

Batting first, the Yabbies posted 8/186, courtesy of a half-century from Luke Gunton (53).

In the second innings, the Brookers were on the back foot from the outset and were unable to recover and chase down the total, falling for 147.

Blake McGrath was extremely tidy with the ball, jagging 2/9 from eight including four maidens.

The win for the Yabbies now cements the Brookers with the wooden spoon.

Clyde has moved into pole position on the ladder, winning the finals preview between other top-placed side Aura Vale.

The Lakers batted first and set a more than competitive total of 5/217 with Nathan Phillips crunching 74.

With a strong bowling line-up, the Lakers were poised well, but it wasn’t to be with the Cougars chasing the target in the final over with two wickets in the shed.

Gavin Adams pumped 71 in the chase as his side moved into premiership favourite contention.

In the other top four battle, Devon Meadows took the points over Carlisle Park.

The Panthers posted 5/169 in the first innings, with Bill Louden continuing his form with the blade, cracking another 42.

In reply, the Vikings fell well short, posting just 106.

Nathan Kleinig did the damage with the ball, jagging 3/5, while Mick Floyd snared 2/8.

C GRADE

Upper Beaconsfield and Cardinia shared the points on Saturday, and not because of the conditions. The two teams were inseparable at the end of the day’s play.

The Maroons posted 182 in the first innings as Taylor Joyce smacked 78.

And in reply, the Bulls also notched 182.

Joyce, again, was in the game, claiming 3/30.

Cranbourne Meadows, meanwhile, remains the team to beat after defeating Merinda Park on Saturday.

The Rebels posted 8/207 from their 40 overs as skipper David Vannes belted his first half-century of the season (67).

In reply, a Shane White bowling display held the Cobras at bay as he claimed 5/29.

The Cobras finished with 165.

Pakenham, meanwhile, is only percentage away from shifting from the bottom of the table after defeating Nyora.

The Lions posted 167 as Sam Webster crunched an important 55.

In reply, despite six scores in double-figures, the Maroons could only manage 149.

Officer remained in the hunt for a home final after a crucial win over Tooradin.

The Bullants were sent in and, after being 1/0, scraped to 6/171, Andrew Tucker notched 57, his fourth half-century for the season.

In the second innings, the Bullants had their way with the Gulls’ batting line-up, bundling them out for just 98. Sean Hinkley did the damage with the new ball, claiming 3/14.

D GRADE

Lang Lang sits just percentage out of the top four after a commanding win over the last-placed Cranbourne Meadows.

The Rebels set and were castled for only 93 as James Weitering claimed 3/11 with the ball.

In reply, the Swamp Tigers were poised to claim a 10-wicket win at 0/67 before a minor wheel shake had them pass the target with seven wickets in the pavilion.

All three scalps went to promising youngster Nauman Ahmad, who finished the day with 3/21 from seven.

Kooweerup coasted home with the win over Maryknoll to remain a mile ahead on the D Grade ladder.

The Demons posted 173 in the first innings and had no trouble defending it, bowling the Marygoons out for 141.

Tom Medwin played a lone hand for the Marygoons with 58.

Clyde’s monster total was more than enough to collect the points against Aura Vale.

The Cougars posted 2/228. Brett Whittingham belted 74 with 10 fours and youngster Shem Smith also got amongst the runs with 65.

Emerald, meanwhile, etched closer to second-placed Carlisle Park after its win on the weekend.

The Vikings posted 9/166, which the Bombers had no trouble reeling in, doing so with five wickets to spare.

E GRADE

A quick-fire unbeaten century from Officer’s Chris Byrne assisted the Bullants in a big win over Cranbourne Meadows.

The Bullants posted a whopping 4/228.

In reply, the Rebels were restricted to 9/103 as Corey Miller fought hard for his 47 not out.

Devon Meadows continued the trend of big scores as it belted Tooradin.

Shane Fisher carried his bat through the entire innings for 100 not out as the Panthers posted 4/225.

In the second innings, the Gulls were bowled out for 141.

Pakenham, meanwhile, claimed a strong victory over cross town rival Pakenham Upper/Toomuc.

The Yabbies posted a bleak 9/131 from their 40 overs, which the Lions reeled in with overs to spare and six wickets in hand.

Troy Wilson had yet another day out with the bat, notching 65 not out. His smallest score this season is 40 from five hits.

Gembrook, meanwhile, took the points in the top of the table clash against Merinda Park.

The Cobras posted 5/171 in the first innings as John Cuthbertson belted another 74.

In reply, the Brookers reeled in the total with five wickets in hand and five overs to spare.

F GRADE

Officer cruised to yet another win, this time over Carlisle Park.

The Bullants sent the Vikings in and restricted them to 8/118 in the first innings.

In reply, despite being 1/0, the Bullants had no difficulty with the total, passing it five down with five overs to spare.

Devon Meadows, meanwhile, celebrated a big win over Merinda Park.

The Panthers posted 5/198, courtesy of a pair of 80s from Peter O’Brien and Ian Hooper.

In the second innings, it was all one way as the Panthers ran riot bowling the Cobras out for 82.

Hooper again was the man, taking 2/4 with the ball.

Pakenham took home the points in its clash against Clyde on Saturday.

The Lions posted 8/220 in the first innings as Jake Griffiths smacked 60.

In reply, the Cougars were restricted to 9/142 from their 40 overs with Matt Davidson nabbing 4/32.

Cardinia secured a big win over last placed Lang Lang.

The Bulls posted 155 in the first dig, before holding the Swamp Tigers to just 72 in the second as Zach Remy claimed 4/17 with the ball.

ONE-DAY COMPETITION

Cranbourne Meadows secured a mighty win over Kooweerup.

The Rebels posted 166 before bowling the Dees out for just 51.

Craig Grant was amongst the wickets with 3/6.

Nar Nar Goon/Maryknoll collected the win over Pakenham, albeit following a scare at the finish line.

The Marygoons sent the Lions in and bowled them out for 115, before chasing the target with only two wickets in the shed.

Upper Beaconsfield, meanwhile, claimed victory over Pakenham Upper/Toomuc.

The Maroons batted first and posted 6/211, assisted heavily by 64 extras from the Yabbies.

In reply, the Yabbies fell to 7/76 from their 35 overs.

Emerald also claimed victory over Nyora through forfeit.