By Kylie Rackham
Monbulk Cricket Club’s Under-12s Friday night game against Eildon Park Panthers looked to be another washout with teams arriving and sheltering under classroom balconies at Monbulk Secondary College.
But the rain soon cleared and Eildon Park won the toss, deciding to bat.
Monbulk kept the Eildon Park Panthers to a total of 6/76 with terrific bowling performances from Grace Hourigan with 2/12 off three overs.
Monbulk’s fielders displayed numerous direct hits to the stumps, including one run out by Noah Woning.
Single wickets were also secured by Finn Whyte, Toby Storer and Noah Woning.
In reply, Eildon Park put the clamps on and the long, wet grass made it difficult to secure runs.
Some early wickets fell in response to pacey, accurate bowling by Eildon Park.
Top scorers were Kit Sutton (8 runs off 8 balls] and Lucas Hickingbotham (8 runs off 32 balls).
Monbulk lost the game after recording a total of 7/52.
1s: Monbulk 4/254 (J.Fraser 118, U.Ravindu 36, J.Creed 44) defeated Mountain Gate 9/208 (M.Goddard 68, S.De Mel 38).
2s: Mountain Gate 6/137 (D.Kline 50, M.Argus 43) lost to Monbulk 1/142 (R.Ranaweera 55, T.Taylor 48*).
3s: Monbulk 9/194 (B.Trinnick 101*, C.Heppell 30) defeated FTG 9/164 (J.Romboldo 47).
4s: Monbulk 5/168 (C.Hull 58) lost to St Johns/Tecoma 193 (M.Obrien 40, S.Oliver 97).
Under-16: 5/123 (W.Copelin 30, J.Bolton 34) defeated Upwey-Tecoma 4/110 (S.Wicks 50*, B.Grant 33).
Under-14: Monbulk 8/61 (Gus Ryan 16) tied with Upwey-Tecoma 9/61 (Joel Prys 2/8).
Under-12: Monbulk 7/52 lost to Eildon Park 6/76 (Grace Hourigan 2/12, Noah Woning 1/3).