Daniel Sartori’s Monash Tigers stormed up the Victorian Premier Cricket men’s firsts ladder on the back of an outright victory at the weekend.
The skipper and Katandra export could only add 23 to his overnight score to take his total to 83, but his charges powered ahead to help him declare with plenty of time remaining in the day and rout Casey-South Melbourne for a second time.
Footscray suffered a late collapse to lose its grip on a top three spot.
Central Park-St Brendan’s product Hamish Winter-Irving could only watch in horror as his team lost its last five wickets for just five runs, finishing not out on four at the other end with 30 runs still required for victory.
In second grade, fellow former Tiger Tyler Larkin could only manage five runs as his Geelong team succumbed to a 103-run defeat at the hands of St Kilda.
Karramomus product Josh McDonald pushed the pace in his 53 from 52 deliveries, but could not find a way to go on with the fast start.
Old Students and Bloods export James Billington also made a start for Prahran, making 45, but his team could only manage 182 in reply to Melbourne’s 6-362.
Another Karramomus graduate in Andrew Poppa combined with former Tiger Brayden Tracey for Carlton.
Opening the third grade batting together, the pair set a strong platform for their teammates to chase down 259 with two wickets to spare.
Poppa deadened the new ball well with 17 from 31 deliveries, while Tracey smashed six boundaries and a six in his knock of 41.
In the women’s firsts, Tallygaroopna’s Teagan Brett took two catches and made a resolute 16 from 51 deliveries, but could not help her Prahran teammates to victory as the side fell 10 runs short.
Moama export Chloe Rafferty was integral in Essendon-Maribyrnong Park’s win over Plenty Valley, taking 1-18 from 8.3 overs to restrict the opposition to just 95.
Essendon’s second grade squad, which included Rafferty’s twin Paris and Jerilderie product Mardie Hamilton, also tasted success.
Paris got a good ball early in her innings, but Hamilton claimed 1-27 with the ball and was in the middle on three not out when victory was secured.
●Back on the home front, Cricket Shepparton has confirmed finals matches for this weekend.
A, B, C and D-grade matches will start at 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, while E-grade games will proceed as usual (1pm start and 40 overs per team on Saturday).
Cricket Shepparton finals week one
Numurkah v Tatura at Numurkah Showgrounds, Katandra v Northerners at Katandra Recreation Reserve, Kyabram v Central Park-St Brendan’s at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
Kyabram v Katandra at Howley Oval, Euroa v Karramomus at Memorial Oval, Undera v Tatura at Undera Recreation Reserve.
Pine Lodge v Tatura at Lemnos, Mooroopna v Murchison at Mooroopna Main Oval, Central Park-St Brendan’s v Euroa at Deakin Reserve.
Toolamba v Karramomus at Toolamba, Mooroopna v Undera at Vibert Reserve, Euroa v Kyabram at Murchison Recreation Reserve.
Katandra v Old Students at John Gray Oval, Central Park-St Brendan’s v Mooroopna at Central Park, Kyabram v Pine Lodge at Tatura Park.