SDCA | Avenel, Puckapunyal key winners in round 14

By Meg Saultry

In B-grade action, a key partnership between Avenel’s Josh Aiken (76 not out) and Jack Hesse (65) was enough to blow Eastern Hill out of the water on Saturday.

After reaching 3-159, Avenel celebrated a seven-wicket victory over the Eagles as they dismissed the visitors for 61.

And in the final over of the match, Avenel’s Will Wheeler capped off the win brilliantly, producing 3-0 from just four balls.

A stunning turn from the ball from Puckapunyal’s Jeff Marshall saw his side overcome Yea Tigers by seven wickets of their own.

Marshall skittled the Tigers’ attack with his efforts of 5-2, before following up with a team-high 23 runs. Teammate Clint Tippett was just as influential, adding four wickets to his name.

A consistent attack from Tallarook saw the home side defeat the Royals by six wickets on Saturday, with Manjeet Singh snaring 3-13, and Marcus Gleeson and Kalon Winnell picking up two wickets each.

Alexandra were named victors over Broadford by three wickets in their match-up, with Alexandra’s Jason Reynolds (34 runs) and James Geldart (3-14) their side's best in defence and attack.

Rounding out the weekend’s matches, Pyalong’s Peter Campbell’s innings of 75 was enough to see his side rush past Kilmore.

Despite losing by 44 runs, Kilmore’s Connor McLeod produced an all-round performance, scoring 26 not out with the bat, while also picking up 3-26 with the ball.

Handy: Royals bowler Tyrone Boruch was in fine form on Saturday, taking multiple wickets.

● Headlining round 14 of C-grade cricket was Puckapunyal Wanderers’ 65-run victory over the Royals.

Skipper Steven Mott was his side's best with 56, while Andrew Allen added precious runs to the board as he went on to score 41 not out.

Defending a total of 164, Puckapunyal's attack made light work of the Royals, who finished their innings on 9-99.

In a brilliant turn with the bat, Alexandra’s Tim Orgill blasted a century to lift his team to victory over Avenel.

Orgill finished on 107, before Alexandra limited Avenel to 6-74 in 20 overs.

Eastern Hill’s Richard Grant led his side to a strong win over Broadford Red, with his 85 not out surpassing Red's entire total on Saturday.

Wrapping up the weekend was Pyalong's win over Broadford Black, while Seymour and Kilmore played out an entertaining draw, with both sides finishing on 7-83.

Full on: Savinda Iiyanage lets one rip for Seymour.