Tallygaroopna export Ryan Sidebottom starred in Carlton’s Victorian Premier Cricket win against Frankston Peninsula on Saturday.
The fast bowler took four wickets in an economical spell to immediately have Frankston in trouble in its chase of Carlton’s score of 4-264.
Carlton won the toss and batted first in hot conditions at Frankston’s AH Butler Oval, with Tom Smyth hitting a brilliant unbeaten 114 to set the home side a challenging chase in the 50-over contest.
Sidebottom opened the bowling, taking the first two wickets to restrict Frankston to 2-24.
His figures of 4-17 came from seven overs and included two maidens.
Frankston was all out in the 32nd over for 131.
Meanwhile, former Katandra player Daniel Sartori was left stranded on 99 as his Monash Tigers smashed Ringwood by eight wickets.
Chasing 259 for victory, Sartori and Dominic Matarazzo put on an unbeaten 200-run stand for the third wicket.
While Matarazzo brought up his ton, the Tigers passed Ringwood’s score when Sartori was one short of his second century of the season.
It was not such a great day out for former Central Park-St Brendan’s star Tyler Larkin.
The Lightfoot medallist and his Geelong team were on the end of a blistering batting display from rising star Will Pucovski.
Pucovski has received national attention during the last month for his exploits at the crease and he destroyed Geelong playing for Melbourne.
The young gun smashed an unbeaten 116 as Melbourne won by nine wickets.
Larkin was dismissed for a duck batting at No.3 as Geelong was rolled for 216 in the 47th over after being sent in to bat.
Geelong, who sits 17th on the ladder, faces another tough contest this Saturday in a two-day game against premiership contender Dandenong.