Heathmont stuns North Balwyn, Glen Iris and Bulleen too strong at home. Mont Albert win a thriller against Canterbury
Heathmont win by one wicket against North Balwyn at Macleay Park
Heathmont, who used two night watchmen in their innings, started the day at 2/23. Trent Wynne (81 from 143) played the foundation role during the chase - forming useful partnerships with a number of his team mates. However when North Balwyn's openig bowler Luke Stacker dismissed him with the first ball of his second spell, it was looking like a fomality for North Balwyn. But Tie and Davidson dug in and got them over the line in the 86th over.
Heathmont have played both Dunstan Shield grand finalists in successive rounds - this win backs up their tie against Old Carey and has them well placed going into November. Next week they play East Doncaster at home. Thanks to Heathmont CC President Matt Carr for his input into this match report.
Mont Albert Hold on After a Gutsy Canterbury Lower Order Fightback
Meanwhile at Mont Albert Reserve, the home side, who dug themselves out of a batting hole the previous week, held on to win a thrilling match against Canterbury. Skipper Andrew Padbury (28 from 82), batting at 10 and Michael Minz (26 from 99) batting at number 9, put together what turned out to be a crucial 52 run partnership to lift their side to 184. Canterbury’s bowlers shared the honours. Canterbury’s chase started poorly in the last half an hour before stumps - losing Lachlan Streat and Lachie Ross cheaply. When Max Shuttleworth was dismissed in the second over of the morning of day 2, Canterbury were teetering at 3/13. Angus Hume and Luca Williams-Denton went on the counter-attack with a hard fought 80 run partnership. But in what turned out to be the story for the day, just when momentum was shifting back towards the visitors, a wicket would be lost and Canterbury could never quite get in front of the game; until the last 10 overs.
A wag in the tail in the form of experienced Canterbury duo, Chris Moore (20) and Steven Duckworth (19) put them very much back in the match. Shots started going 360 which gave the Mont Albert fielders, and the vocal home crowd, some nervous moments. It got to 30 runs needed from 30 balls with three wickets in hand.
When Chris Moore was run out, it looked like Mont Albert was home, but a spirited run-a-ball 17 from Andrew Hansen still gave Canterbury a whiff. Mont Albert skipper Andrew Padbury was having nothing of it, and bowling off a short run, held his nerve and kept the ball full and at the stumps to ice the match.
Mont Albert’s Fateh Singh (5-86 from 42 overs, including 16 maidens) was outstanding, holding down the scoreboard end while Ben Howes (2/22 from 21) and Andrew Padbury (2/51 from 23.4) rotated the northern end. At the end of October, Mont Albert have a handy 15 points to lead the Dunstan ladder.
Glen Iris Comfortably Chase Down East Doncaster Total at Home
At Eric Raven Reserve, the home side Glen iris notched up an impressive opening win for the season against East Doncaster. East Doncaster cobbled together what always looked like a a sub-par 179 batting first. It could have been much worse except for the efforts of Rob Sayer (47) working with the lower order to scrape together a score to defend - they were 6/73 at one stage. In their chase, and with plenty of overs to play with, Glen Iris had the luxury of a low risk chase; but they did pounce on any loose stuff to keep the score ticking over - a few short balls were deposited into the Gardiner Creek along the way. Replacement balls and gusty winds did the East Doncaster’s bowlers no favours, but regardless it was a well deserved win to the home side who put together a series of useful partnerships to overhaul the total in the 60th over. Skipper Nathan Boucher top scored with 42 not out, including two sixes and a boundary in the final over of the game to ensure an early finish. He shared an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 74 with Lucas Skelton.