Red Hill v Mornington – Semi Final
Mornington journied to Red Hill where Mornington won the toss and batted. After 5 overs Mornington were 1/34 and travelling ok, with the wicket belonging to T Collett. When spinner B Martin joined the attack the run rate slowed, Martin ending up with 2/12. This set the scene and when Dart took a wicket the score was 5/95 after 14 overs and Mornington where in trouble. A devastating spell of pace bowling from L Toy had Mornington in further trouble, resulting in Mornington all out for 128.
Bowling – L Toy 4/13, B Martin 2/12, T Collett 1/29, S Dart 1/32.
In reply Red Hill started well and at 2/30 the game was in the balance. A very good partnership of 100 between S dart and B Martin took the score to 2/130 giving Red Hill a good victory.
Batting – S Dart 54 no, B Martin 42 no R Shaw 21.
Round 3 Red Hill v Dromana
Dromana journeyed to Red Hill, where Red Hill lost the toss and Dromana batted. Dromana got off to a fair start and were 2/40 off 5 overs, travelling well then a couple of wickets fell and at 4/42 were in a bit of trouble. A 51 run partnership for the 5th wicket sparked a Dromana recovery, before a devastating spell from L. Toy left Dromana 8/105 at the close.
Bowlers to do well – L. Toy 3/5, G. Collett 3/15, B Martin 1/11.
In reply Red Hill started disastrously when Dart was out for a globe. A 75 run partnership between R. Shaw and M Merifield took the score along at a rapid rate before Red Hill won the game.
Batters to do well – M Merifield 61 off 39 balls, R Shaw 22 off 23, T Collett 20 off 10.
Round 2 Red Hill v Boneo
Red Hill journeyed to Boneo where Red Hill won the toss and batted. Red Hill got off to a shaky start and with the score at 2/22 were in a spot of bother. When Dart went and Hopgood followed shortly after, Red Hill were in a spot of bother, and not looking good. A stabilising partnership developed between T Collett and R Shaw and after some 42 runs the score moved to 93. Another partnership of 26 ensued and Red Hill finished at 6/133 on the picteresque Boneo ground.
Batters to do well: R Shaw 51 no off 45 balls, B Shorthouse 15 off 13, T Collett 14 off 18.
A fair score. In reply Boneo got off to a flyer until the first wicket fell, which was then followed by regular wickets due to good bowling and catching pressure. At the end of 20 overs Boneo were 8/89. A good win for Red Hill.
B Martin 3/8, J MCCall 1/26, G Collett 2/18, S Dart 2/19. Boneo Batting- R Jellie 35, J Beale 17.
Round 1 Red Hill v Main Ridge
Red Hill won the toss and batted at the picturesque Main Ridge oval. Red Hill lost an early wicket and no batsman really got going. The result was that after 20 overs Red Hill were 7-8 down for 110, short of a par score of 130 to 140.
When Main Ridge batted they also lost an early wicket but when Merifield dropped Holmes, Red Hill were under the pump. With the score at 4/70 odd and still plenty of overs left the game was in the balance. As they say it is ‘not all over until the fat lady sings’ and that proved to be the case as Main Ridge were 8 runs short (102).
Batting for Red Hill, Merifield made 26 and Shaw 27, with bits and pieces for all the batsmen.
Bowling was J McCall 3/31, S Dart 2/16, B Martin 1/30, T Collett 1/20.
THe ground fielding was good, catching OK but not to the standard the Hillmen would expect. Credit to both sides for an entertaining game.
Elvin Atkin, Team Manager.