But opposing team capitalises on the opportunity for win
Avenel v Eastern Hill
A local derby. A washout in the opening week causing your team to play oneday cricket.
An opportunity for Eastern Hill to maybe sneak into the top-two of the competition. And, the always important bragging rights that go with victory.
But those opportunities were not taken by Eastern Hill, and Avenel went after them instead.
Avenel sent its local rivals in, cleaning them up for a low total and taking the upper hand.
Eastern Hill was only able to manage 150 from 42.4 overs, with the side never really able to get out of the blocks.
Huw Jones led the way with the ball for Avenel, taking 4-32 from his nine overs.
Cody Hogan would also claim two, while opening bowler Kyle Hippisley would go for just over two runs an over in his seven.
With just 151 needed to get the victory, the most dangerous man in the league, Kasey Duncan, was ready to go.
Duncan would belt another 60, taking his season tally to 391, and his average to a touch over 48.
Willie Wheeler, in his first game for the season, would remain unbeaten on 33, while Steve Donovan was unbeaten on 22 at the close, Avenel needing just 25 overs to run the total down and win by five wickets.
Avenel captain Stephen Donovan said it was an important win for his side.
‘‘We’ve moved to three and three for the season, and it’s obviously pretty important to get closer to finals contention,’’ he said.
‘‘We just need to be more consistent in our matches as we go forward, making sure we are putting six balls in the right spots on the pitch and playing our absolute best cricket at every opportunity.’’
Tallarook v Yea Tigers
A strong 86 from Jac SmithWilliams was not going to be enough for his side, as Tallarook fell 32 runs short against Yea Tigers.
Yea scored 219 in their allotted overs, but Tallarook struggled to score with wickets falling around them.
They were nine down when time ran out, managing just 187.
Kilmore v Broadford
Making 177 was not going to be enough for Kilmore, which would be run over the top by Broadford in 27 overs to lose their match.