A massive knock from Moe batsman Andrew Philip was the standout performance of the first round of two-day cricket in the LVDCL A Grade while Yallourn North produced arguably its best day of cricket this campaign to be in a healthy position.
Moe 304 v Jeeralang-Boolarra
A mighty 147 not out for LVDCL star Andrew Philip has put Moe in a dominant position after day one of the clash with Jeeralang Boolarra at Ted Summerton Reserve.
Philip joined opener Nathan Lee after Owen Kelly went for zero and the pair put on 53 before Lee was gone via lbw.
The next four batsman made just 15 between them but Philip pushed on before being joined by John James and the pair put on a 180-run stand before James was dismissed for 79.
The lower-order dug in to help Philip lift the Lions to an strong total of 304.
Brad Wright and Stan Urbanic claimed four wickets apiece while Matt McGrath took two-for for the Panthers who will do well to stop Moe from securing a big win on day two.
Traralgon West 6/232 v Trafalgar
A handful of creditable innings have helped Traralgon West into a decent position at home to top-four rivals Trafalgar.
Nilantha Thillekarathna fell a run short of a half century while Luke Phillips top scored with an unbeaten 71.
Robbie Cahill (42), Bryan Griffiths (24*) and skipper Tim Fitch (22) were also handy with the Eagles finished the day on four wickets down for 232.
The Ships went through eight bowlers in search of wickets.
Zack Brown was the best, taking 2/28 off 11 while Jackson Noonan toiled for 2/49 off 25.
Yallourn North 0/15 v Centrals 166
The lowest scoring game at the halfway point is at McGregor Reserve with some tight bowling from Yallourn North putting the side at the bottom of the table in a good position against Centrals.
The Bombers put the visitors in to bat and managed to dismiss openers Lachlan Patterson and Ross Allen for two runs with the latter gone for a duck.
Lions captain Dylan Freitag did his best to get the innings back on track with 39 before Royce Colgrave had him lbw.
Sam Gray continued his consistent season with 49 but dispite a few batsman making starts, none could commit to a partnership with the side all out for 166 in an innings the trickled at just over two runs an over.
Yallourn North captain Matt Brewer finished with 3/19 while Chris Perry, Royce Colgrave and Curtis Howell all took two wickets.
The Bombers weathered six overs with the bat to finish the day 0/15 with Matt Wakefield (14) and Perry (zero) at the crease.
Allen, on the back of the previous weekend’s 6/5, was given the new ball.
He couldn’t claim a wicket but the batsman were cautious of the spinner who didn’t concede a run from his two overs.