Saville ton powers victory
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.