Katandra’s Daniel Sartori has produced in a big way for the Monash Tigers as Victorian Premier Cricket enters its final two rounds before the post-season.
The Tigers sit outside the top eight, but are in brilliant form and tore through Casey-South Melbourne to bowl it out for 136.
And with a session left to play they pushed with the bat, surging to 3-138 at stumps, driven by opener Sartori’s unbeaten 60.
Sartori cracked eight boundaries and a six in the knock, which left his side with first innings points already in the bag with a chance to earn a vital outright win next weekend.
In Footscray’s clash with Kingston Hawthorn, Hamish Winter-Irving continued to impress with 2-38 in 17 overs.
His Footscray side knocked over its opponent for 176 and moved to a commanding 1-51 in 16 overs before stumps.
Winter-Irving and his teammates are third on the ladder and have produced brilliant cricket this season, thanks in part to the former Central Park-St Brendan’s premiership gun’s 30 wickets at an average of 19.
At Harry Trott Oval, it was a long day in the field for Tyler Larkin and Josh McDonald as St Kilda belted around their Geelong seconds to make 5-302 in 96 overs.
Captain Larkin bowled seven overs, picking up 1-18 in a tidy spell.
It was a similar story for James Billington and the Prahran seconds, Melbourne dominating with 6-362 from 96 overs.
Carlton thirds pair Andrew Poppa and Brayden Tracey also spent the day in the field, but their side seems right in the contest with Ringwood bowled out for 257.
It could prove to be a vital chase in the context of Carlton’s season, sitting four points outside the top eight.