Runs on the board Pre­mier­ship de­fence off to good start

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By Alex Mitchell Bren­dan Page scored 15 in Sey­mour’s B-grade match against Kilmore. Sey­mour’s Dan McLarty made 15 runs and took 2/43 in B-grade ac­tion.

Tal­la­rook’s Sey­mour District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion pre­mier­ship de­fence has got off to a pos­i­tive start in a com­pet­i­tive match against Broad­ford.

After send­ing Broad­ford in to bat, Ash­ley Wood (21) and Matthew Irv­ing (22) made early runs to get their side to 1/48, but the side lost its next four wick­ets for 24 runs to be 5/72 and in a spot of trou­ble.

But skip­per Bray­den Hickey and Jake Martin stead­ied the ship, with Hickey post­ing 28 while Martin stayed strong at the other end on his way to an un­beaten 38.

It meant Broad­ford could post a com­pet­i­tive tar­get of 7/158 off its 45 overs. Blake Coyle (2/22) and Kalon Win­nell (2/24) were the pick of the Tal­la­rook bowlers.

Travis Muir (0) fell early to send a scare through the Tal­la­rook chase, but it stead­ied well with Jac SmithWil­liams and Luke Mar­shall com­bin­ing to put on 60.

It lost 3/11 in a short span to move to 4/71 after Mar­shall (14), Cameron Muir (6) and Dan Fisher (0) were dis­missed.

It was left to Leigh Irv­ing (58 not out) to sup­port SmithWil­liams be­fore the lat­ter fell for 62. How­ever, Tal­la­rook was close enough to the tar­get to get home with 15 balls and four wick­ets to spare.

Yea’s sea­son has started poorly, go­ing down eas­ily to a dom­i­nant Avenel side.

Away from home, Yea won the toss and chose to bat but lost some early wick­ets, with Darcy Pell (5) and Ben Tar­ran (13) the first to go.

Cameron Arm­strong dug in at one end but Nathan Beat­tie, Ryan Ak­ers and David Pelosi all went out for ducks.

Huw Jones was one of the chief de­stroy­ers with two cru­cial mid­dle-or­der wick­ets, keep­ing it tight with just 14 runs from his nine overs.

Max Lawrence got the cru­cial wicket of Arm­strong for 34. Lawrence’s dy­namic fiveover spell of 3/1 was im­por­tant in clean­ing up the lower or­der and Yea fin­ished with just 77 runs on the board.

Avenel, with a small tar­get to chase, needed only to avoid a mon­u­men­tal col­lapse to lose and put 29 on the board be­fore Max Jones (5) and Josh Aiken (17) went in quick suc­ces­sion.

But it was a mi­nor blip. Cap­tain Har­ri­son Wheeler (22 not out) and Jones (22 not out) were good enough to see Avenel cruise past the tar­get with 18 overs up its sleeve.

Kilmore is on the board for the 2017-18 sea­son after match-win­ning per­for­mances with both bat and ball.

Jamie Pryor was the strong­est of the bats­men, com­ing in at 1/4 and adding 67 of the next 95 runs to drive his side to a strong to­tal of 7/143 off the 45 overs.

Matthew Rose was also handy with the bat, scor­ing an un­beaten 23. Joshua San­der­son was the best of Nagam­bie’s bowlers with a good spell of 3/29.

Tom Stevens (20) and Matthew Martin (35) gave Nagam­bie the per­fect start, with San­der­son im­por­tant in get­ting the side to 1/74 and seem­ingly cruis­ing to vic­tory.

But what fol­lowed was a com­plete col­lapse, as Nagam­bie lost its last nine wick­ets for 34 runs.

Only Jar­ryd Shep­herd (13 not out) could get out of sin­gle fig­ures, as Dale Tas­sone tore through the bat­ting line-up with a dev­as­tat­ing 5/11. Shane Topham helped out with 3/13.

At the crease:

Con­nect:

Dev­as­tat­ing: Avenel’s Max Lawrence took 3/1 off five overs against Yea.

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