Bulls edge out Mont Albert. Canterbury book solid win. Glen Iris far too good while Old Carey get on the board. Dunstan Shield wide-open.
Catches win matches. Bulls hold on to every chance - defend total with disciplined bowling and fielding
In the chase, Mont Albert were on track at 2/137 with Charlie Waite (57) and Fateh SIngh (36) seemingly in control batting in the bright afternoon sunshine. But in a 13 ball metldown, Mont Albert surrended the advantage with some loose shots; Ryan Roberts removed both established batters and James Blair-Holt holed out to Corey McLaughlin. Mont Albert's lower order fought it out to the end, but a disciplined North Balwyn fielding effort (they held six catches) with tight bowling meant they could defend their score. Luke Stacker took 3/29 from his 8.
Glen Iris make light work of Bulleen. Lachy Holmes leads from the front.
Glen Iris proved too strong for Bulleen at home, overhauling Bulleen's171 in a percentage boosting nine wicket win. Glen Iris skipper Lachy Holmes made a polished 89*, steering his side to the win in the 38th over. Bulleen 171 looked well under par on the Eric Raven oval - Peter Martinich made 43 (78) and despite several starts, no one in the Bulleen line up could go on with it. Glen Iris' win has them sitting in fourth on the ladder after five rounds.
Old Carey get on the board with a hard-fought win against rivals East Doncaster.
In another hightly anticipated match up, Old Carey has prevailed over rivals East Doncaster with a win at home.
The Gramlick Oval deck was its usual miserly self with all batters struggling to get in. Old Carey's 143 looked a good score - but only possible after a stubborn unbroken 8th wicket, 51 run partnership between Jack Quartermain (28*) and Tad Merry (13).
East Doncaster's chase was in trouble early, as Rob Sayer, Matt Vaiano and Patrick Carroll were dismissed cheaply. Skipper Peter Dickson worked hard for his 40.
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Canterbury makes it back to back wins with a strong performance at home
Canterbury's bowlers attacked the stumps - giving Heathmont little to hit. James Townsend (3/19) was outstanding. Heahtmont Captain Dylan Howard (42) put up some resitance batting at nine - ensuring the match wasn't a complete percantage blow out for the visitors.