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A Bulleen boil over, and an outright result sees East Doncaster grab top spot in Dunstan

Glen Iris teetering after a shocker, while Old Carey effectively bows out following a thriller at Canterbury. It all comes down to the last round

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East Doncaster's Simon Reynolds took the aggressive approach in his side's second innings chase against Heathmont to ensure an early finish on day two. Photo Chris Mirabella Copyright 2024
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We're heading to a blockbuster final round

Bulleen has scored the upset of the season - knocking off Mont Albert at Mont Albert. The result keeps their finals hope alive and has seen East Doncaster dramatically grab top spot after their outright win against Heathmont.
Meanwhile, Canterbury joins Bulleen as an outside chance for the finals after their dramatic win against Old Carey. Glen Iris' top order put in a shocker against North Balwyn, and are hanging onto fourth place by a thread - a scenario that seemed ulikely just a month ago.  

It sets up a tantalising final round.

Here are some scenarios:
  • Glen Iris has to defeat Heathmont at Heathmont to assure a top four finish. Heathmont will be desparate to avoid the wooden-spoon, espcially as they have scored some impressive wins this season and know they can be competitive in Dunstan. 
  • A loss by Glen Iris opens the possiblity of either Canterbury or Bulleen grabbing fourth place - Bulleen and Canterbury play each other at Koonung Park in the final round.
  • A Heathmont victory could spell disaster for Old Carey as they will have to defeat Mont Albert on the rebound to avoid picking up the wooden spoon.
  • Although a top-two finish is assured for Mont Albert, they will want to chase top spot for the opportuinty for a home ground pathway to a Grand Final.
  • East Doncaster has to travel to Macleay Park to face an in-form North Balwyn. Barring any outright results , a win would give East Doncaster the critical top spot and their pathway to home ground advantage in the finals.
  • A North Balwyn win will shore up third spot. Their worst case scenarios if they lose is dropping to fourth.   They have a healthy percentage advantage over both Canterbury and Bulleen.
  • The wildcard - outrights are rare in Dunstan, but less rare towards the end of a season when teams go 'all-in'.  In which case, all of the above means nought!
So in short:
  • Top spot is up for grabs.
  • Fourth spot is still open and
  • Two times defending premiers Old Carey, and Heathmont are both in relegation territory.
  • Bulleen has disrupted everything with consecutive impressive performances against premiership contenders.
  • There are no dead rubbers in the final round of the season.

Round 12 Snapshot

Bulleen 215 d Mont Albert 172
A workman like opening partnership between Ben Champan-Lilley (34) and Peter Martinich (36) gave their number three, Dilan Liyanage (79 from 112) the best opportunity to take on the tiring Mont Albert attack. 215 was probably under-par, but on the heavy Mont Albert outfield this season was competitive. Mont Albert's left arm spinner Fateh 'Fats' Singh (7-98) was a standout. Mont Albert struggled to get any traction in the chase, Charlie Waite (46 from 108) worked hard but the combo of Sudesh Guruge (6-49) and Dilan Liyanage (3-37) saw the visitors home.
East Doncaster 4/102 dec and 1/76 def Heathmont 97 and 78
This was Kyle Hoath's match - the bowler picked up 10 wickets for the game (6-33 & 4-20) to set up a dramatic outright win that has catapaulted East Doncaster to the top of the table. Simon Reynolds (36*) and Mitch Chappell (32*) made short work of the second innings chase.
North Balwyn 211 d Glen Iris 75 and 1/79
Glen Iris had their first home loss for the season and the timing could not have been worse. They restricted North Balwyn to just 211 thanks to some excellent bowling by Lucas Skelton (5-44) and Matt Saunders (4-18). Openers Sam Perry (76) and Hamish Gairns (32) scored half the runs.The uncomfortable half an hour at the end of day one turned into a disaster for the home side, losing wickets. North Balwyn's attack of Ryan Roberts (3-19), Riley Streader (4-19) and James Binney (2-15) didn't let up on day two. The follow on turned into batting practice for the hosts who will have to put this one behind them as quickly as possible.
Canterbury 168 d Old Carey 162
The season was on the line for both sides, and this game delivered. Old Carey were 7/149 chasing 168 with Tom Atkins (69) set. In the last roll of the dice, Canterbury skipper Chris Moore swung Steven Duckworth (4-45) back into the attack. He and Jack Carey (3-20) (who picked up the prize wicket of Atkins), ran through the last three wickets to keep their season alive. Canterbury only had a score of any substance to defend thanks to an excellent 94 by Luca Williams-Denton. Old Carey's skipper Daniel Clarke picked up 5-68, but Rohan Singleton was the pick with his 4-12 from 11 overs.
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