Sav­ille ton pow­ers vic­tory

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

DANIEL Sav­ille has con­tin­ued his fine bat­ting form for Mt Beauty mak­ing a bril­liant hun­dred to set up his side’s vic­tory over Eskdale on the week­end.

Sav­ille car­ried his bat fin­ish­ing on 106 not out with his ef­forts help­ing the Power to a to­tal of 9/185 be­fore Mt Beauty’s bowlers did their job with the ball dis­miss­ing the home side for 165.

Af­ter Eskdale sent the Power in on a damp wicket, Sav­ille’s ef­forts were very much needed as the rest of Mt Beauty’s top seven con­trib­uted just 26 runs, 16 of those by Ashan Ranaweera.

The Power were in trou­ble at 2/12 and then 5/77 be­fore Sav­ille com­bined with Sam Cariss (10) and Nathan Wood­forth (28) for im­por­tant lower or­der part­ner­ships of 48 and 42 runs.

Sav­ille en­tered the last over need­ing seven runs for his sec­ond first grade hun­dred and fin­ished the in­nings with three con­sec­u­tive bound­aries through the cov­ers.

He said he was thrilled to notch triple fig­ures af­ter scores of 98 and 86 not out in the past two weeks but was most pleased that the team was able to record their sixth win to stay on top of the lad­der.

“This year I’ve been set­ting my­self a goal to con­cen­trate for longer and bat more overs by putting a big­ger price on my wicket, just be­ing able to make a win­ning con­tri­bu­tion is the most sat­is­fy­ing thing,” Sav­ille said.

“See­ing all the wick­ets fall early prob­a­bly made me re­alise that I had to dig in which was prob­a­bly a good thing for my game, it made me think about ev­ery ball and a plan to get through the 45 overs.

“Once we re­cov­ered and had a bit of plat­form we were able to lift things a bit in the last 10 overs where we prob­a­bly scored at a run a ball or more.”

Af­ter go­ing wick­et­less for the past three weeks open­ing bowler Jake Styles (3/19) claimed his best haul for the sea­son.

The right-arm quick was close to un­playable in his open­ing spell rip­ping through the de­fences of Eskdale’s top three bats­men to have the hosts reel­ing at 3/19.

John Purtell (49) led a fight back for the home team while con­tri­bu­tions were also made by Jamie Baude (19), Liam Tobin (13), Jack­son El­lis (14) and Ross Turn­bull (20 not out) but when Ai­den Grace (2/40) struck twice in the space of eight runs Eskdale went from 5/121 to 7/129.

Al Ran­dell (2/33) and Ranaweera (2/21) shared the fi­nal three wick­ets with the hosts all out for 165 with two balls re­main­ing.

“It was good to see Jake back near his best, but it was an­other re­ally good ef­fort from all of our bowlers,” Sav­ille said.

“Ai­den’s re­ally pro­gressed in the last 18 months, he’s bowl­ing re­ally well at train­ing and tak­ing that form into games.

“It was also good to have Al back bowl­ing, he can do a job in any sit­u­a­tion and he did that com­ing on third change on Satur­day.”

Mt Beauty also picked up wins in its other se­nior grades.

The Power com­fort­ably ac­counted for Eskdale in sec­ond grade with David Hunt’s 4/15 help­ing to dis­miss Eskdale for just 82 be­fore 44 from cap­tain Frank Iaria guided the team to 4/86 in just 15 overs.

In C Grade it was an­other im­pres­sive win for Mt Beauty who chased down 186 for the loss of just two wick­ets with Steve Wil­son lead­ing the charge with an un­beaten 64.

All three sides are cur­rently in the top three of their re­spec­tive com­pe­ti­tions.

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