MOE continued its form in the defence of the EnergyAustralia Yallourn Cup title with an impressive score of 305 against Trafalgar.
Batting at Ted Summerton, the Lions had another good start from Dale Walshe (32) and Paul Cake (49) before Walshe departed with the score on 73.
Tom Long, playing his first game of the season, scored 101 before David Bremner ran him out.
Long dominated the batting and his partners occupied the crease, scoring double figures in supporting roles.
Dylan Farrell bowled well to take 2/65 from 17 overs while 13 year-old Brodie Burgess took his first senior wicket for the cost of 17 off 2.4 overs.
Burgess is a promising cricketer and is still eligible for under 14 junior country week next season.
It was Farrell’s first game of cricket for several years and the tall teenage paceman did not disappoint.
After three consecutive scores of 350 plus, Mirboo North was dismissed for 208 by Yallourn North which is in an excellent position to take first innings points after finishing at 0/50 on day one.
Mirboo North lost Josh Taylor when he was caught by Josh Keyhoe with the score on six.
Former St Vincents player Jacob Blair (35) put on 53 for the second wicket with Ben Heath (20) in his first senior game for the club.
The Tigers were in trouble after losing Shane Peters (5) and Heath at 73 but Jimmy Watson (51) and Brett Pedlow (39) took the score to 150 before Jeremy Butler caught Pedlow off his own bowling.
The Mirboo North tail failed to wag and the side was all out for 208 after 64 overs.
Brandon Bailey (4/29) and Lucas Fry (3/32) did the damage.
The 208 included one five run penalty when the ball hit the helmet behind the wicketkeeper.
The Bombers negotiated the 18 overs before stumps when Keyhoe (27) and Glen Sheekey (11) put on 50 to make it a gettable total this Saturday.
Newborough Bulldogs faltered in the face of some fine bowling by Tim Dowe to be all out for 53 in 22.2 overs against Morwell.
Dowe took 6/9 from 6.2 overs and was ably assisted by Brandon McDonald who took 3/19.
Morwell used three bowlers in Brendan Brincat, McDonald and Dowe.
Morwell made full use of its time at the crease to finish with 3/212, with Craig Giddens (57*) and Blake Mills (47*).
After losing Glen Bone (5) cheaply Shaun Cooper (38) and Jesse Giardina (47) had no trouble passing the Bulldogs’ meagre score and Giddens and Mills added an unbeaten 125 for the fourth wicket.
CENTURIES by Wayne Fleming (100), Paul George (123*) and Alex Sword (158*) saw Rawson reach 1/401 after 45 overs against Hazelwood North.
It was Fleming’s first century in five years.
With just nine players on deck, the Razorbacks batted first and Brendan Mason was outstanding with 157 in a score of 226.
Joel Jacovou missed his century by five runs in Moe’s 7/262 against Jeeralang Boolarra.
Jacovou was outstanding while Aaron Walshe was not out 61.
Glen Nijenhuis bowled well to take 4/48 off his 10 overs.
After a good start by Phil Allen (32) and Tim Laaks (42), the Demons slumped to 7/120 until Glen Smith’s 43 added respectability to the score.
Morwell scored a 63 run win over Trafalgar with a half century to Steve Bilic (51).
Eleven year-old Blair Clymo was impressive taking 3/32 off seven, while 12 year-old Liam White took 0/48 off nine overs.
Marty Giddens made 43 before the father son combination of Mark Wynne and Clymo took his wicket.
In reply Trafalgar was 8/161 after its 45 overs with Rhain Howarth-Ross making 74 in a score of 8/161.
Mirboo North bats were in form against Yallourn North compiling 6/296 with Brendan van Heurck (70), Jimmy Grande (50), Steve Rogers (65) and Daniel Taylor (55) making half centuries.
Yallourn North batted first and was all out for 126.
Latrobe had a 77 run win over Thorpdale with Kris Wells making 66 while Brad Aitken made 39 and Matt Brewer 31.
Jason Richardson took 5/41 for the Blues and Boyd Bailey made 45.
St Vincents had 60 runs to spare against Willow Grove, who was bundled out for 96 in their second innings.