By Lachlan Mitchell
VIC PREMIER WOMEN
The Dandenong Women’s winning-train continues to roll on after securing its fourth win in a row against Prahran.
Dandy won the toss and went in to bat against Prahran, who just missed out on the points in a nail bitter. The Dandenong innings started strong with Tiana Atkinson and Chelsea Moscript continuing there stellar season.
Moscript put on a very respectable 28 as she continues her stellar rise with bat and ball this season. Lucy Cripps was the standout for Dandenong putting on 51 as she begins to find form at the right end of the season.
Dandenong’s top five put together some top-order runs with Kimberly Garth also putting on 27 – following on from her 47 against Plenty Valley in round 8.
Dandenong finished up being bowled out for 200 after 48 overs with the lower order falling to a collapse…there was no tail wag.
Sophie Day was once again the pick of the bowlers cleaning up with 4/37 after her 9 overs. As she continues to be the shimmering light on another disappointing season.
Rhys McKenna and Paris Bowdler got Prahran off to a flyer and it looked like an upset was brewing at Shepley Oval.
Emma Gallagher struck first, dismissing McKenna for 31 caught and bowled. Gallagher ended the day with 2/31 off her 9 overs and assisted in the match-winning run out.
Uvindee Wijesena made her debut for the first time after representing Dandenong’s losing grand final under-18 side.
Wijesena couldn’t have hoped for a better debut picking up 2/33 and picking up the ever-consistent Jennifer Taffs for 45.
Prahran looked comfortable to cause a boil over but losing 5/6 – a catastrophic collapse – spelt the end for Prahran.
Maddison Heitlinger was the last to go after she tried to scamper through for a quick single and saw her run out, ending the innings three runs short in a less than comfortable win for Dandenong.
VICTORIAN SUB-DISTRICT (VSDCA)
Endeavour Hills – the Eagles – looked very different at the top of the order leading into their round 9 clash against Mount Waverly as the visiting side.
Boom recruit Tillakaratne Dilshan was missing this clash due to his prior obligations for the Legends League clash held in Oman .
After his Melbourne Renegades stint, Unmukt Chand made his return to the nest with an impact.
Chand, at the top of the order, caressed his way to an unbeaten 79 including eight fours and two maximums.
As the wickets tumbled around him it was up to Chand and Akshay Ballal to build a partnership.
Chand and Ballal got themselves going, putting on a 105 runs for the fourth wicket.
The runs continued to flow for the Eagles…Chenutha Wickramasinge continued his run of form for the year making his third 50 of the season. Endeavour Hills finished on a strong 297 for eight after their 45 overs.
Mt Waverly started well and looked likely victors when Nathan Pruscino and Hareen Silva put on over 100 for the second wicket .
Eagle Ballal was just as devastating with the ball, taking 3/53 off his eight taking the crucial wickets of Paul Evans and Daniel Broadbent through the middle overs.
Late innings runs dried up for Mt Waverly seeing the Eagles run out 40-run victors.
WARRAGUL AND DISTRICT (WDCA)
Ladder-leaders Ellinbank held their own travelling out to Hallora Reserve.
Hallora struggled to secure runs on the board batting first. Fraser Duncan top scored as they crawled to 154 off their 40 overs.
Matthew Farthing started Ellinbank up, top scoring with 33, before being dismissed by Grant Duncan who finished the day with 3/35.
Duncan and Natsai M’Shangwe both took wickets throughout the day to prevent any momentum to build up.
The home side looked to be in late trouble reaching the 155 total. Curtis Howell provided a late cameo to get them home in a thriller with seven balls to spare.
Catani was coming off a well-deserved break when they hosted Buln Buln.
Buln Buln won the toss and elected to bat. Wilson Pollock fell just short of his first half century of the season falling for 47.
Riley McDonald was at his brilliant best with the ball taking 4/31.
Buln Buln ended their innings on 9/132 after their 40 overs.
Catani’s batters struggled to get a start; Opener Liam Adams top scored with 31, Adams was claimed on the pad by Brad Monson.
Pollock was as strong with bat and ball as he picked up 2/25 reeking havoc through the middle order claiming the wickets of Robert Coupe and Brayden Hall.
Mitchell Gregson did his best in the lower order making a very respectable 23…but Catani fell agonisingly short of the total.
Buln Buln running out victor by four runs. Catani all out for 128 in the 39th over.
Yarragon looked up against it when it travelled to play Drouin. The Hawks were looking to leap into finals contention after Catani didn’t get over the line.
Drouin couldn’t have asked for the better start to their innings with the ball. Yarragon falling to 6/47. Ishan Ratnayake was the pick of the batters knocking up his half century and adding some respect back to the score card.
Yarragon were all out for 106 after 33 overs.
Drouin lost the early wicket of Simon Gardiner for one and never looked troubled after that.
Ben Spicer continued his strong form this season knocking up an unbeaten 73 as he and Alex Gaudion combined to lead Drouin to the 108 total in 28 overs. Leading to a nine-wicket win.
Neerim District started their run for the finals against Western Park well, as they started their innings in the best possible fashion with Jackson Ward and Kody Wilson putting on 64 for the first wicket.
Sam Batson removed both openers, beginning a collapse that saw the score stagnate at 5/84. Batson combined with Patrick Ireland to finish the Neerim innings for 144.
Western Park came out and made light work of the target with Sanjaya Gangodawila hitting a match winning 80 of 71 balls with eight fours and one six in a commanding performance.
Western Park making light work of the total in just 24 overs winning by eight wickets.