Short Shows 1st Grade The Way Home
1st grade moved into second position on the ladder with a two wicket win over Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Park.
Resuming at 2 for 9 in pursuit of the Bears’ score of 232, nightwatchmen Waherguru Dhillon (11 from 47 balls) and Ben Gibbon (7 from 40 balls) departed early in the day to leave the Dragons at 4 for 30.
From there, D’Arcy Short was magnificent, making 117 from 158 deliveries, putting on a 86 run fifth wicket stand with Shayne Wornes (29 from 73 balls) and a 90 run sixth wicket stand with Blair Walsh (33* from 123 balls).
After Short’s departure, John Sanders (7 from 11 balls) and debutant Ethan Smith (4 from 11 balls) came and went to cause some nerves, but Walsh completed his mature innings by combining with Matt Hanna (6* from 15 balls) to get the Dragons over the line.
2nd grade couldn’t pull off a miracle, losing to Bayswater-Morely by eight wickets at Burrendah Park.
The Bears resumed at 1 for 99 with a further 59 runs needed to win and only lost one more wicket in getting over the line, claimed by Vidit Vashisht (1/36 from 12 overs).
Although the sting was out of the game with first innings points run and won, the Dragons did bring about a collapse of 8 for 33 as the visitors went from 2 for 199 to 232 all out in 82.1 overs, with Declan Crowder (4/44 from 12.1 overs), Oliver Arkinstall (3/51 from 22 overs) and Cameron Becker (2/46 from 13 overs) the instigators.
An ambitious attempt at an outright bore no fruit as the Dragons raced to 1 for 99 from 14 overs in their second innings, led by an aggressive Brock Larance, who made 74 not out from 53 balls, before the teams shook hands.
Despite a strong effort, 3rd grade couldn’t quite get an outright win against Bayswater-Morley.
The Dragons resumed 21 runs ahead at 4 for 115, losing Stewart Hepburn (56 from 73 balls) without adding to his overnight score, but Brennan Wilson smashed the ball to all parts in an innings of 70 not out from 40 deliveries to set up a declaration at 8 for 211 after just 44.2 batting overs.
The Bears survived 54 second innings overs for the loss of five wickets, with Brayden Lee (2/19 from 11 overs), Zac Blazevich (2/30 from 10 overs), and James Scott (1/8 from 8 overs) giving their all.
4th grade won comfortably over Bayswater-Morely, chasing their score of 193 with seven wickets in hand.
The Dragons were in an early spot of bother at 3 for 32 but a brilliant 156 run fourth wicket partnership between Kyall Roach (77 from 122 balls) and Blake Stephen (52* from 46 balls) got them just about over the line.
Under 17’s bowled out Bayswater-Morley for 167 to win by 74 runs at Hillcrest Park.
The Dragons used nine bowlers throughout their innings, with Dulina Gamage (3/35 from 10 overs), Veedhi Pelpola (2/13 from 2 overs) and Kai D’Souza (2/17 from 9 overs) leading the way.
Under 15’s limited Bayswater-Morley to 9 for 114 from their 50 overs, securing a 71 run win/
Mitch Hole was the best of the bowlers for the Dragons, continuing a strong season with 3 for 30 from his 10 overs.
Under 14’s beat Perth by 65 runs at Fletcher Park.
The Dragons batted first and posted a very strong score of 6 for 211 from their 50 overs, with Caleb Florrison starring with 98 not out from 120 deliveries as Thewmin Kannangara (51 from 109 balls) played a supporting role.
A good effort with the ball limited the Demons to 9 for 146 from their 50 overs in reply, with Preston Peel leading the way, claiming 4 for 22 from his 10 overs.
Under 13’s defeated Perth by 57 runs.
Michael White (36 from 81 balls) and Swaraj Surve (34 from 51 balls) top-scored for the Dragons in a more than competitive score of 5 for 163 from 40 overs, before a well-rounded bowling effort bowled the Demons out for 106 in 36.3 overs, with Callum Dermody (2/11 from 5 overs), White (2/16 from 5.3 overs), and Finley Rollin (2/18 from 8 overs) the multiple wicket-takers.