Storm to bowl for victory

Stefon King (Ljubica Vrankovic)

Sydenham-Hillside need seven wickets for victory in its Victorian Turf Cricket Association senior division clash with St Albans.

The Storm batted first on Saturday afternoon and struggled to get their innings underway losing two wickets for just 10 runs.

It seemed like the Storm were on a roll at 3-79, but it then went on to lose their next three wickets for no runs. Storm lost another wicket not long after, putting them into a spot of bother at 7-84.

Cameos from Thomas Barlas and Shehan Wedikkara late in the innings helped the Storm reach 129 before they were bowled out in the 55th over.

Opening batsman Dombagaha Peiris was the Storm’s top run scorer making 50 from 97 deliveries.

With overs still remaining in the day, St Albans went in to bat. The Saints batted well in their 21 overs and will resume at 3-60 on Saturday.

In other results, Caroline Springs are in a winning position after day one of its division 3 clash against Sunshine Heights.

The Falcons took to the field first and bowled Sunshine Heights out for 126 in 54 overs.

Gavin Mccallum was a clear stand out with the ball, taking 6-43 from 15.2 overs, taking the final five wickets of the innings.

The Falcons then went out to bat and made a big dent in the chase, finishing the day at 2-111.

Captain Shiran Rajakaruna led from the front smashing an unbeaten 86 from 69 balls in a knock that included 15 fours.

In division 4, Melton South Royals are just 87 runs away from its fourth win of the season.

The Royals were strong with the ball on Saturday against Laverton, taking wickets consistently throughout the innings.

Nathan Geisler had a terrific spell with the ball, taking 3-16. With the three wickets taking Laverton from 2-69 to 5-72.

A run out from Thilan Maduranga and Joshua Sutton put an end to Laverton’s innings, with the Royals dismissing them for 150 from 49 overs.

The Royals were left just shy of 30 overs to bat out the day and were able to etch themselves closer to victory. They will resume batting at 3-63 after 28 overs, with opener Nathan Waites and captain Andrew Hodgart as the not out batsman.

In division 5, Melton Centrals could be on track for its first win of the season, against Jacana.

After batting first on Saturday the Centrals posted a score of 10-139 from 66.1 overs.

The innings had contributions from a range of players, with the top scorer being opener Steve Robertson with 34.

After dismissing the Centrals, Jacana had 11 overs to survive. However, the Centrals were able to collect 2-11.

Mitchell Roshier was the wicket taker, with 2-5.

Also in division 5, Burnside Springs United has already claimed a first innings victory over Seabrook.

Seabrook batted first, and was dismissed for 61, then Burnside batted and chased the runs down and were able to add another 48 runs, finishing on 109.

Seabrook then were able to get another 11 overs of batting in and will resume on Saturday at 2-25, where Burnside Springs will attempt to collect an outright win and the full points on offer.