It was a tough weekend for Cricket Shepparton’s exports in Victorian Premier Cricket.
There were four home-grown stars playing in round 14, but none of their sides were able to come out on top in their respective two-day contests.
Tyler Larkin’s Geelong endured a tough day in the field against competition frontrunner Dandenong.
Larkin, a Central Park-St Brendan’s product, was out for one as Geelong made 242 in its first innings.
Dandenong piled on the runs in reply, hitting 5-380 from 95 overs with all of its batsmen making a start as wickets never fell at regular intervals.
It was always going to be a difficult assignment for Ryan Sidebottom’s side in pursuit of St Kilda’s 345.
Despite the Tallygaroopna fast bowler’s cameo of 15 at No.10, Carlton was skittled for 180 after 62 overs.
Monash Tigers could not contain a rampaging Northcote side, as it batted for 116 overs to finish on 5-301.
Former Katandra player Daniel Sartori was out for eight as the Tigers made 184 batting first, before Northcote ensured Monash would be out in the field all day.
In third grade, Karramomus young gun Andrew Poppa is finding his feet after deciding to play for Carlton for the rest of the season.
St Kilda made 9-205 batting first, before Carlton was rolled in reply for 79 in the 40th over.
Opening the batting, Poppa was bowled for 2, while Carlton batted for a second time and got to 3-83 with the Bloods ace making nine.