Back at crease for two-day play

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Fraser Walker-Pearce As the rain started to fall on Satur­day East­ern Hills play­ers raced to get the cov­ers on the wicket dur­ing the game against Kil­more. East­ern Hill’s Ben Bryant in ac­tion with the ball dur­ing the week­end’s game against Kil­more.

Cricket has re­turned to the Sey­mour area in the first day of the two-day for­mat.

In the Sey­mour District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade on Satur­day, Yea took on Avenel, Tal­la­rook hosted Broad­ford and East­ern Hill held Kil­more.

De­spite what the A-grade lad­der shows, the bat­tle to stave off the wooden spoon has be­come the un­likely spectacle of the round af­ter the first day’s play.

Host­ing Kil­more at Kings Park in Sey­mour, East­ern Hill sent the vis­i­tors in to bat with the hopes of early dis­missals and start the chase be­fore the end of play.

And in one part the home side did re­ceive its wish, send­ing Kil­more opener Ben Trezise back to the pavil­ion for 0, and the vis­i­tors to 1-0, cour­tesy of Fraser Lewis’ bowl­ing.

How­ever, Kil­more got go­ing and, with the help of Ash­ley Lovick, who notched up 62 bat­ting at num­ber five, the vis­i­tors reached 8-157 off the al­lo­cated 68 overs.

The pick of the home team’s bowlers was Ben Bryant, who grabbed four wick­ets for 36 runs off his 22 overs.

East­ern Hill coach Craig White said Bryant starred early on for the home side.

‘‘We started re­ally well and our opener was re­ally good. He bowled 11 maid­ens in 22 overs,’’ he said.

‘‘Tak­ing 4-36 was a fan­tas­tic ef­fort. He went un­changed for a long time so big credit to him.

‘‘Hav­ing Kil­more at 7-73 we were cer­tainly on top, but they fought re­ally hard for that eighth wicket part­ner­ship and made a big im­pact (76 runs).’’

White said the side bowled well right up un­til the fi­nal stand of the day.

‘‘Re­al­is­ti­cally we should have gone a lit­tle bet­ter than that. They can bat on, which they will, and if they could get an­other 20 runs that’d be great for them.

‘‘I’d re­ally like to see us stand up and just be pa­tient when we’re bat­ting. If we have 60 overs to face it’s a max­i­mum of three runs an over, so we can still make a game of this,’’ he said.

In the other two matches of the round, Avenel has the Yea Tigers in a stran­gle­hold and Tal­la­rook is in con­trol against Broad­ford.

The Tigers won the toss and elected to bat against Avenel, but the away side’s bowlers carved up Yea, dis­miss­ing the home side all­out for 69 off 32.3 overs.

Tom Burke (3-24) and Robert Brown (3-18) bagged three wick­ets each, while Max Lawrence and Kyle Hip­pis­ley nabbed two each.

With 18 overs re­main­ing in the day’s play Avenel reached the com­mand­ing po­si­tion of 2-65 and at one stage was 0-59 be­fore los­ing two quick wick­ets at the end of the day.

De­spite be­ing short­ened due to rain, the home side grabbed the as­cen­dency by record­ing 5-125, in the Tal­la­rook-Broad­ford match.

Wick­ets were shared among the bowlers and none of the Tal­la­rook top or­der man­aged to get off the ground, with Leigh Irv­ing top­scor­ing with 28.

Quick, cover up:

Ac­tion:

You are out: East­ern Hills play­ers cel­e­brate an­other wicket as the Kil­more bats­man leaves the ground. Pic­tures: Steve Huntley

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