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A-Grade Blues on top of SDCA ladder following 2nd Outright victory
Date of Event : Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:34AM
by Cath Mogridge from the North Central Review
ANOTHER stellar effort with the ball has Kilmore atop the Seymour District Cricket Association ladder after an outright win over Yea Tigers on Saturday.
The Blues continued their domination in the field on day two dismissing the visitors for 64, following on from the day one blitz that had the Tigers all back in clubrooms for 97 off 32.4 overs.
Not given a chance to perform on day one, prolific wicket-takers Jayme Lowe and Shane Topham led the charge on Saturday for Kilmore with figures of 3/3 and 3/16 respectively.
It was back to back outright wins for the Blues and a very impressed captain-coach Matt Rose was rapt with the effort.
""It is a pretty big deal as the win counts for 10 instead of six and those extra points can mnake a real difference in this type of competition come finals," Rose said.
"I said to the boys I am pretty happy with the last four weeks of cricket, back to back outrights are pretty unusual and I really believe what is serving us well is our evenness.
"Lowe and Topham didnt bowl on day one, Frost was out but Brennan stood up. That evenness is the key to our success at the moment."
Play resumed with the Blues at 5/127 with the newly returned Simon Heather and Rose at the crease. Rose, keen to chase outright points declared for Kilmore at 9/184 in the 63rd over, unbeaten on 31.
"I was really impressed with Simon's effort with the bat. He did really well and was patient early before he was able to really have a go. Luke Brennan came in also later on and slogged a few and got some valuable runs at the end," Rose said.
"In the field everything went well for us. Josh Buttler again took care of their two best bats Evans and Atkins and the rest of our bowlers really did the job well. They were patient and disciplined and it was obvious Lowie and Toppy were keen to get involved.
"After the game I spoke to the boys and I said while we have been able to take 40 wickets in the last two games, it is obvious Seymour is not in finals contention and Yea did not have their best side in.
"We really need to steel ourselves for the next two rounds against Avenel and Tallarook. We need to bat out our 80 overs as we are coming up against strong teams with great batsmen and will be tested.
"Hopefully with skill and temperament we can guts our way through facing stronger competition. There are pretty much eight teams competing for four finals spots and we need to keep winning."
Kilmore 9/184 (dec) (B. Trezise 57, A. Chisholm 3/53, C. Armstrong 2/29, M. Rasmussen 2/46) def Yea Tigers 97 (L. Atkins 55, R. McLeod 4/35, L. Brennan 3/22, S. Heather 2/15) and 64 (L. Atkins 26)
Last updated: Thursday November 27, 2014 1:34AM
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