A SOMBRE mood hung over the start of round six in Traralgon and District Cricket, as players in all grades wore black armbands and observed a minute silence to remember Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who tragically died last week.
Centrals v Glengarry
IN the big ticket clash of the round Glengarry won the toss and elected to bat. Centrals landed the first blow by snaring former teammate Jarrod Allan early for six.
Sam Marks (25) and Hayden Ross-Schultz (33) consolidated and began to set Glengarry up for a big score, but at 5/114 Centrals seemed to have the game on their terms.
A stunning turnaround saw Frank Marks produce an innings of pure class, posting a magnificent 113 to take his team to whopping 256 all out.
Marc Fenech was the best of the bowlers yet again for Centrals with 4/47.
Toongabbie v Churchill
Churchill finally struck form and posted the biggest first innings total of the round with a blistering 296.
Captain Nick Duncan led the way with a brilliant 86, John Keighran punished the ball to make 50, while Ric Velardi made his first A grade half century.
The Rams chased a bit of leather, but Tim Dunn was able to stem the tide to take 5/42 from 19 overs.
MTY Raiders v Gormandale
LAST season’s semi-final rematch saw MTY Raiders bat first and cruise to 4/110 before a stunning collapse saw them all out for 144.
Only Mick Higgins conquered the bowling in a stoic 84.
Gormandale was well served by Adam Brady with 5/56 while Shaun Barbour took 4/21.
With 27 overs left in the day it seemed Raiders would be happy to take a few wickets and set up a tilt at the Tigers next week.
However Gormandale set about a demolition and passed the total prior to stumps with 2/154 on the board.
Travis Switzer punished Raiders in a quick fire 60, Kent Hammond made 37, while Ryan Vickery was solid with 42*.
Traralgon West v Imperials
IMPERIALS batted first and managed to accumulate 257 important runs.
They were well served by their young stars; 15 year-old Ryan Morley opened the batting and struck 38, while Zac Tactor made his first A grade half century to top score with 64.
Brad Sizeland used all his experience to hit 49 and captain Luke Hendersen contributed 38.
Matt Griffiths took 4/51 to be best for the West.
Rovers v Ex Students
ROVERS had no hesitation in batting first at Duncan Cameron Park and the decision proved fruitful as they compiled a competitive 225 against Ex Students.
It was a real team effort as the top score was just 39 from Todd Mann.
Dean Gillard made 32 and Peter Ingwersen 31 amid of host of contributions. The pick of the Sharks’ bowlers was Andy Mathews, who claimed an impressive 7/60.
Ex Students had to face eight overs and fell to 1/13 after nightwatchman Jimmy Pryde was dismissed for a duck.