RESULTS – W/e Saturday 28 October
Brown Hill/Ballan 3/140 def VRI Delacombe 69
Batting – J Singh 9
Bowling – J Jarvis 3-1-16-2, J Singh 2-1-4-1, J Burton 2-0-7-1
Ballan 2/155 def East Ballarat 3/120
Batting – Sarah Burton 35 Ret. n.o, Clover McIlwaine 33 Ret. n.o, Eamon Grigg 24 n.o, James Bayard 15 Ret. n.o, Jackson Letcher 9, Kori Davenport 8 Ret. n.o
Bowling – Sarah Burton 1/1, Jackson Letcher 1/12, Charlotte Wallace 1/15.
Winning the toss and batting first, Ballan’s opening batters again built a perfect platform for the team to build on with Clover McIlwaine retiring on 33 not out, followed by Sarah Burton retiring on 35 not out.
Other highlights included James Bayard achieving a new personal highest score of 15 n.o. and Eamon Grigg batting late in the innings with the instructions to just play his shots scoring 24 n.o.
Jackson Letcher bowled his biggest spell of five overs in a game with very tidy figures of 1/12. Clover McIlwaine was back to her best bowling fast and accurate.
Charlotte Wallace picked up a valuable wicket with a fantastic catch taken by Oscar Britt setting himself under a high ball at mid-off. Burton came on late in the game with her off spin to ensure the opposition didn’t get back in the game bowling a wicket maiden and then only going for 1 run in the final over of the match.
Ballan 1st XI (BCA 2nd Grade)
Ballan 6/186 def Ballarat-Redan 7/180
Bowling – J Jarvis 8-1-31-3, B Naeff 9-0-26-1, D Gardiner 9-1-29-1, M Snaith 9-1-40-1, H Micallef 9-0-40-1
Batting – H Doherty 59, M Snaith 59 no
Ballan 2nd XI (BCA 5th Grade)
Ballan 9/141 def Ballarat Fire Brigade 9/121
Batting – Param Singh 45, Max Burton 24, Josh Singh 13
Bowling – J Wernicke 5/29, M Phillips 1/0, J Costello 1/1, M Burton 1/14, C Thom 1/17
On a very windy day, and put into bat, Ballan lost wickets steadily until captain Max Burton steadied the ship in the middle, joining Param, for a 71 run partnership.
Following their departure, first gamer for Ballan, and under 11s coach Marty Phillips. came to the crease. Phillips finished on 6 not out, putting together runs with Josh Singh 13, Angus Britt 1 and JB on 1 not out. Ballan finished on a respectable 9/141.
The Fire Brigade openers started with a flourish but Burton took two catches in quick succession off both Jake and Thom which put them on the back foot. Wernicke proceeded to pick up four more wickets, including being on a hat-trick.
A nice victory for Ballan with all players contributing in the close win.