Rain kills action
Cricketers now cooling heels until play resumes in January
The opening half of the season has finished.
Not with a bang, but with something of a whimper.
The rain set in on Saturday, robbing all sides of any cricketing action to complete the pre-Christmas section of the season.
Now, they will have to wait until the January 5 resumption of play for the competition.
And when they do return, our local sides will have just four matches to earn a shot at the finals.
Tallarook (5-2-2) has been the dominant side of the competition to this point of the season, topping the one-day table, although losing to Yea Tigers in the oneday final.
Despite that tough loss, Tallarook has barely lost a game for the season.
The team has been buoyed by the performance of playing coach Jac SmithWilliams, who in his eight innings in the A-grade competition this season has scored 540 runs, and with a number of not outs in the mix, has seen his season average spike to an incredible 108 runs.
Leading the way with the ball for the side has been Will Dundon.
Dundon has taken 19 wickets at an incredible 9.47, giving up just 180 runs off his 68 overs for the season.
In his three matches between games two and five of the season, Dundon went on a hot streak, taking four wickets in all three of his appearances.
The side will return to the pitch on January 5 against Broadford.
By no means a pushover this year, Broadford is a top four side, having won just one game less than Tallarook.
But Broadford has also one less draw to its name, seeing them sit nine points off the top two sides in the competition, and desperate to get the victory to prove they belong in the top four.
In third spot sits Avenel (4-2-3).
Avenel has been led with the bat by a break-out season from Kasey Duncan.
His season so far includes two centuries, as well as three half centuries, adding up for 413 at 68.83.
But his work with the bat isn’t all that he has contributed to the side this season.
Duncan is also equal leading wicket taker, taking 11 wickets at 16.09, conceeding 177 runs.
Equalling his wicket tally has been Max Lawrence with 11 wickets at 8.82, conceeding 97 runs.
They will return to the competition in the first round of January against the top side in the competition in Yea Tigers.
Yea currently leads the competition, but only by 0.1 per cent on Tallarook, and a victory for Avenel will not only set them up well for a top two spot, but also would help local rivals Tallarook to potentially move to the top spot.
Rounding out the local sides is fifth placed Eastern Hill (3-1-5).
The side has struggled against the majority of sides in the competition this season, only able to manage three wins.
Leading the way with the bat has been Alan Sinclair with 118 runs at 19.67, including a top score of 66.
With the ball, Ben Bryant has led the way for his team, with 10 wickets at 14.2.
Fortunately, after the break they will take on bottom placed Killmore, in what should be a victory for Eastern Hill, and hopefully a strong start to 2019.
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