SDCA | O’Sullivan’s dual efforts fail to get Eagles over the line

By Meg Saultry

Yea Tigers celebrated their first win of the B-grade season when they beat Eastern Hill by four wickets on Saturday.

With home ground advantage, Eastern Hill won the toss and elected to bat first.

Dan O’Sullivan put together a strong innings for the Eagles, posting 68 to help his side to 9-174 by the end of the 45 overs.

O’Sullivan then backed up his efforts with the ball, taking 2-29, as did teammate Matt Hall, but their efforts were proven mute as Yea hit 6-183 to win the match.

Broadford remains on top of the B-grade ladder, blitzing Puckapunyal by 103 runs in their round 10 clash.

Broadford put together a worthy 165 with the bat, before steamrolling Puckapunyal for just 62 runs.

James Hibbens starred, taking five wickets for Broadford, while Puckapunyal’s Niel Gould played an all-round game, picking up 3-23 in attack, before top-scoring for his side with 14.

Avenel came out on top of Tallarook, winning their encounter by 34 runs.

The home side posted a respectable 124 in its innings at the crease, despite top efforts from Tallarook’s Lovepreet Singh (3-9).

Heading in to bat, Tallarook fell short of triple digits and had to settle for 90, with only the solo effort of Dan Fisher (58) givng it a look in.

In other matches, Kilmore defeated the Royals by four wickets, with Kevin Craddock (48) and Paul Lilburn (32) starring with the pine after teammate Brent Proctor (5-29) ripped through the Royals’ attack.

Pyalong got the better of Alexandra as the second and third-ranked teams faced off.

Defending 127, Pyalong’s Damien Zoch (3-15) and Nathan Farrell-Ryan (3-17) held Alexandra to 98, 29 runs short of the win.

Plenty of pace: Seymour's Reg Kirby (1-41) races in with his delivery at Chittick Park in C-grade on Saturday.

● In a thrilling finish, Eastern Hill defeated Seymour by three runs in C-grade action on Saturday.

Meeting at Chittick Park, the Eagles headed in to bat first, before posting a solid 5-163.

With the challenge set, Seymour’s Jacob Culina moved things along for the Maroons with a handy 61.

But with the home side sitting on 5-160 with one ball remaining, the Eagles snared the wicket of Dallas Anderson via run out to end the match.

Puckapunyal Wanderers proved too good for Broadford Red in their round 10 encounter, overcoming Red by 54 runs.

Shane Mott (62) and Nathan Bell (57) guided the Wanderers to 7-235, as Red’s Martin Egan (5-47) did his best to hinder his opponents.

But the Reds failed to up their strike rate enough when the time came to chase, posting 9-181.

Jason Purves (49) top-scored for the Reds, while Puckapunyal’s Ryan Britten (3-18) finished with best figures in attack.

Alexandra posted a dominant win over Pyalong at Leckie Park on Saturday, outlasting its opponents by 102 runs.

Placing strong value on the wicket, Alexandra reached 237 with seven wickets in hand, before Tim Orgill (4-16) led efforts to limit Pyalong to 8-135 by end of play.

Rounding out the weekend’s matches, Royals beat Kilmore at Bennet Oval by 24 runs, while Broadford Black defeated Puckapunyal Nomads on forfeit, as Avenel had the bye.