Once again rain and wind played havoc on day 2 of the U18 Maddocks Sports Cup, hopefully we have seen the worst of the weather and things start to fine up a bit.
After three rounds the ladder is split into two distinct sections with the top 5 teams only separated by 3 points. This makes the Blacky Sth v Heathmont and East Burwood v Forest Hill games very interesting this week whilst giving some of the struggling teams an opportunity to be more competitive this round and break away from the bottom of the ladder.
Many great performances again in Rd 3. Forest Hill posted 7/200 on the back of Ben Matthews 54 and Gavin Carusi’s 45 against some solid bowling from Heatherdales Brennan McCafferty and William Deerbon who claimed 2 wkts each. Their run chase got off to a great start with an opening stand of 75 from Lucas Grierson and Rodrigo Arguello but apart from a late cameo 38 by Sam brooks the batting struggled against a steady attack led by Alex manning 3/27 and Tim Greenwood 2/17 to fall short by 11 runs.
At Livingstone Tom Cunningham’s 45 held Vermont Sths batting together but a slow outfield and a consistent effort by all of the East Burwood bowlers with a spread of wickets, they were held to 9/142. This was always going to be tough to defend but Grant Weaver 3/24 gave some early hope before the consistent Mitch Gale 62 and James Rizio 38 saw them home with 4 wickets to spare.
Park Orchards bowlers battled manfully against a fantastic 202 run opening stand from Jarrod Smith 106* and Vernon Mittal 93. To make matters worse Scott Edwards continued the pain posting a brisk 50 to see Blackburn Sth through to a formidable 8/303. Gus Campbells 3/42 was a top return against such an onslaught. On a wet and windy second day, the Park Orchard bats were always going to be up against it and while Rudi Hunt and Matthew Nicholson were together any thing looked possible but once their 106 run stand was broken wickets tumbled with Kieran Vanderwal 4/16 and Nick Hughes 3/15 closing out the innings for a big win.
Vermonts 227 led by Max Healey with 73 could have been a lot better as Ryan Phillips, Lewis Neal and Dan Ryan all got good starts but could not go on with it. Nick Welch 3/12 made the breakthrough and he was ably supported with doubles from Joel Stuckey and Adnan Pasha. Doncaster struggled from the start on a windy Terrara wicket before Joe Blyth smashed a late 35 in a David Warner impersonation and despite a small late flutter by Turlough Sullivan and Joel Stuckey, Vermont ran out 93 run winners. Ned Coughlan returned the excellent figures of 5/30 but what I liked was the fact that the Doncaster boys facing inevitable defeat against very good bowling never gave up and tried manfully to hold on to the end.
Unfortunately I do not have all the batting and bowling figures for the final match Donvale v Heathmont. A solid team batting effort by Heathmont with Dylan Howard 63, James Kelly 49, the consistent Lincoln Wong 46 and Tom Delaney 38 all making top contributions, they were too strong for Donvale to the tune of 62 runs.
A tough choice again this round but I can’t go past our second century maker in Jarrod Smith as the Maddocks Sports Player of the Round.
Best of luck to all teams in Rd 4 and don’t forget for all your cricketing needs, see Anthony and the boys at Maddocks Sports, our local “one stop cricketing shop”