Taipans strike with venom to advance

March 05, 2018

Toolamba put the rest of the Perry Shield on notice with a 173-run dismissal of Karramomus.

Toolamba put the rest of the Perry Shield on notice with a 173-run dismissal of Karramomus.

The Taipans had nine of their 11 batsmen make double-figures while compiling a big total of 9-279 from their 80 overs.

Leading the way was Nathan Baldwin with 72, Lachlan Thurston (38) and Justin Dimond (34) among the other contributors.

And it didn’t take long on Sunday to seal the comfortable win, ripping through Karramomus in 41 overs for 106.

Greg Watts dominated with 4-30, continuing an outstanding season which has seen him take 40 wickets at a classy average of 6.4.

Second-ranked Mooroopna had a little more trouble against Undera but eventually took a 32-run win.

The Cats’ 8-208 was driven by Jeremy Holgate (70), Luke Daniel falling agonisingly short of a half-centruy on 49 while James Woods finished unbeaten on 45.

Undera fought on well in its chase and had overs up its sleeve, but was bowled out for 176.

Seven Cats took wickets as Michael Ford led the way with 3-22.

In one of the games of the weekend, Kyabram snuck across the line against Euroa by just two wickets.

Jack McKernan was the only Euroa batsmen to produce with an excellent 56, but the line-up crumbled around him to be bowled out for 118.

Kyabram left little room for error but scraped the win at 8-119 in 49 overs.

●Central Park-St Brendan’s has survived E grade elimination despite a disastrous batting display against Mooroopna in Saturday’s qualifying final.

The Cats’ 7-134 looked slightly below par but it proved far more than enough, with the Tigers rolled for just 34.

It was a dazzling bowling effort from Mooroopna as Craig Bosworth racked up a brilliant 5-19, helped out by Peter Schnorrenberg’s 3-12.

Earlier Jason Keller (35) led the way batting-wise with Andrew Morcom (30 not out) getting the side towards a winning score.

The Tigers will face top-ranked Katandra, who pulled off a comfortable win against Old Students.

Despite a quality, fighting 32 from Scott Chandler, the Students only managed 92 before being bowled out, with Paul Harry’s 4-16 doing some serious damage.

It didn’t take long for the Eagles to progress, only one wicket down when passing the total as Glenn Smith (46 not out) and Sioeli Makalio (35 not out) cruised.

And Kyabram also had little trouble sealing a win, beating Pine Lodge by 76 runs.

Batting first the Redbacks got 36 from Peter Ryan and 30 from Chris Usher on their way to 9-176.

Dayne Webber was Pine Lodge’s best with 32 but his side never looked a chance, all out for an even 100.

The Redbacks will face Mooroopna in next weekend’s semi-final.

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