Ships sink struggling Lions

Trafalgar scored another shock win in Central Gippsland cricket, this time against Moe as the home side folded for 112 in round 11.

Fresh from upsetting Morwell last round, the Ships put the Lions in to bowl and tore through the batting lineup.

Rhys Holdsworth was the best performer with 3/35, while Jackson Noonan, David Bremner and Hugh Cheatley all bowled well in support to take two wickets each.

Paul Cake scored 46 but only two other batsmen made it into double figures.

Trafalgar then ran down the target inside the 36 overs left in the day’s play.

Holdsworth finished unbeaten on 53 and is eyeing off a big score while nightwatchman Noonan sits on four runs.

Sam Price made a promising return to first grade cricket with 2/22.

The Ships will be eyeing off quick runs next week before a declaration allowing them to have another crack with the ball and earning themselves maximum points.

Latrobe v Thorpdale

Latrobe put Thorpdale in and bowled it out for 106 as Shannon Pickering top-scored with 39 not out.

His only support came from opener Harvey Poole who hit 32.

No other bats reached double figures as Brendan Evans (3/19) and Anthony Bloomfield (2/19) wrecked the top order before Patrick Farrant cleaned up the tail with 4/26.

Anthony Bloomfield scored 43 and Kaushik Aphale 58 as the Sharks ran the target down before suffering a late wobble, losing four wickets to finish the day at 6/155.

Travis Pickering’s late surge of 3/20 helped the Blues to finish on a bright note.

Mirboo North v Morwell

Morwell reached 169 after sitting at 3/2 against Mirboo North.

Brendan Brincat, Jesse Giardina and Robert Fox all got starts but failed to get on with the job.

Joel Crosbie was the main destroyer with 4/48, while Brett Pedlow and Dale Banks claimed two wickets each.

Mirboo North was precariously placed in reply at 4/70, with the game having the potential to swing either way.

Shane Gniel caused the worries with 2/15 while Brincat and Tim Dowe dismissed the big wickets of Rob Phoenix and Pedlow.

Shane Peters is still at the crease and will need to marshal the lower order effectively in order to drag Mirboo North across the line.

Second grade

Ben Rotheram hit 70 to power Rawson to 175 against St Vincent’s.

Michael O’Brien was the best of the bowlers with 3/23.

The Saints were all out for 110 in reply.

Justin Blair was the best with 38, while Dylan Lee claimed 4/30 for the Kookaburras.

Newborough folded for 64 against Jeeralang-Boolarra as Stan Urbanic (3/5) and Tim Laaks (2/9) gave nothing away against the Bulldogs.

Laaks then hit a half-century to see the Panthers reach 9/190 in reply.

Jacob Baldassa hit 136 against Thorpdale to push Trafalgar to 7/254, with Gavin Low, Ian Pinkerton and Graeme Pierce claiming two wickets each for the Blues.

Thorpdale was all out for 104 as Michael Parker grabbed 5/43.

Latrobe defeated Morwell as six bats got starts on a tricky surface to see the Sharks to 182.

Brent Reside was Morwell’s best bowler with 4/39.

Jon Hayes and Glen Steele took two wickets each to remove the top order before Trent Roberts cleaned up the tail with a 5/8.

Third grade

Andy Evans struck a fine 70 to ensure St Vincent Whites had a win over Mirboo North.

Peter Dougan claimed 4/6 to polish off the Tigers.

Craig Veenman scored a brisk 62 to put Moe beyond the reach of Jeeralang-Boolarra, with Robert Sim chipping in an unbeaten 47.

Paul McGrath’s 3/23 was the best with the ball.

In reply Matt Allan struck 31, but his teammates fell around him as Jai Massese did the damage with 4/10.

Steve Johnstone played a lone hand for Newborough, contributing 43 to the Bulldogs’ meagre total of 75, as Jack Brown took 4/12 for Willow Grove.

Nathan Perkins then struck 42 to see the Grove declare at 5/88.

Ron Whitney was the best for the Bulldogs with the ball, taking 2/20.

Dean Burridge blew St Vincent Greens away almost singlehandedly with a towering 158, while Kirk Jergens hit 50.

The Saints then folded for 88, with Brett McRae top scoring with 22

Morwell defeated Hazelwood North as Glen Helmuth (55) and Hamish Towns (60) punished the bowlers.

Mohammed Shakeel was the Razorbacks’ best with 3/7.

Hazelwood North was all out for 137 as Shakeel top scored with 40.