Swift Sharks feast on Tigers

Ex Students have continued their Traralgon and District Cricket Association dominance by beating Gormandale’s new-look first grade team in their grand final rematch on Saturday.

Batting first, the Sharks were in early trouble when Lee Stockdale and James Pryde were both back in the pavilion with the score at 2/5.

However, they were able to consolidate their position and batted out 44 overs to make 165.

Matt Robertson was the star for the Sharks with 34, followed closely by Jordy Gilmore (31).

Jackson McMahon (29) and Michael Warne (28) were the other stand-outs with the bat for Ex Students.

Leigh Churchill was the Tigers’ star with the ball with figures of 4/18 off his eight overs, which included the wicket of Gilmore.

With just three players left from last year’s grand final team, Gormandale struggled for rhythm with the bat despite the heroics of the returning Chris Lehner (55) at the top of the order.

Captain Shaun Barbour was the only other batsman to trouble the scorers with 27, as the Sharks’ Rob Voss, Andy Matthews and Kade Duncan took three wickets each to have their opponents all out for 120 off 32.3 overs.

Glengarry v MTY Raiders

MTY Raiders turned what was expected to be a close match against Glengarry into a landslide victory.

Magpies captain Sam Marks was made to regret his decision to bowl first as Raiders amassed an impressive 6/219 off their overs to put themselves in a dominant position.

Matt Dyke top scored with 47, with Brad Knowles (41), Sam Dinning (30) and Mick Higgins (23 not out) all contributing to the score.

The addition of 37 extras to the total did not help Glengarry’s cause.

In response, the Magpies found themselves in early trouble and were soon on the precipice with the score at 7/46.

New coach Adam Brady, batting at nine, was the only Magpies player to reach double figures with 18.

Ross Whelpdale was the stand-out Raiders bowler with 3/16.

Churchill v Rovers

After winning the toss, Churchill skipper John Keighran had no hesitation batting first on a superb wicket at George Cain Oval Rovers on Saturday.

The Cobras were soon off to a flier, following an opening stand of 47 between Chris Williams (19) and English recruit Andy Shepherd (25).

Keighran then took centre stage and batted brilliantly to smash 66.

Brendan Mason was not to be outdone as he shared a 115-run partnership with his captain and smacked a composed 59.

As a result of the solid batting performance Churchill finished on 6/200.

Rovers started their chase well, reaching 2/95 before Simon Duff went for 34.

The required run rate soon ballooned to eight an over before the Rovers batsmen began finding the boundary.

Ewan Williams was superb, holding the innings together with a well-made 41.

Stefan Sbaglia (17) made a nice cameo, while Kev Stoddart contributed with 16.

With 24 needed off 18 balls Rovers were still alive, but had no big hitters left and the injured Todd Mann could not hit the boundaries required as he remained 23*.

Toongabbie v Centrals

Toongabbie sent Centrals into bat first and after a good start of 37 Brenton Ould was dismissed for 18.

The huge wicket of Mark Rawson was next when he was out LBW for four.

When Dean Rode was out for a top score of 31 Centrals were 4/109.

Corey Pollard helped get the total up to 9/138 with 25 runs.

Tim Dunn was best for the Rams with 3/25.

At 3/47, with Jason Veneman, Jon Bell and Dunn in the sheds, the Rams needed a partnership and new recruit Tim Garner (46) and Rob Wheildon (46) did not let the team down as they took the score to 123.

The Rams ended play with eight wickets down for a total of 141.

Marc Fenech was terrific for Centrals with figures of 2/8 off nine overs.

Traralgon West v Imperials

Batting first Traralgon West was in trouble early at 5/36.

New player Mathew Kirkham showed lots of fight with 61 runs to get the score to 118.

Nick Scammell 2/19, Matt Hibbs 3/34 and Nat Campbell 3/38 were the stars with the ball for Imperials.

In reply, Imperials were never in any danger, reaching the target one wicket down – finishing on 1/119 off 32 overs.

Hibbs had a great game with 50, while returning Englishman Stuart Jones hit 53 not out.