By Jackson Russell
ROMSEY Cricket Club stormed home to an easy first innings win at home over Sunbury United in the final round of the McIntyre Cup home and away season.
The hosts made short work of Sunbury United, bowling the visitors out for 155 after 61.4 overs.
Matthew Milne led the charge with 5/50 from 15 overs while Adam Frost ended with figures of 2/34 from 9.4 overs.
With an eye on stealing second place on the ladder from Gisborne, Romsey went out on day two looking to make as many runs as it could rather than push for the outright win.
Coming into the day at 2/60 and with 52 runs to his name, Taylor Stevenson got the hosts off to a great start with his first century in the top grade, making 125 before he was dismissed caught and bowled at 3/259.
He put together a 199-run partnership with Mitchell Clement, who top-scored with 151 including 23 boundaries.
Romsey’s middle order kept the scoreboard ticking over with Chris Burkett making 102 and captain Ben Way making 47.
Romsey was eventually bowled out for 478 from 94.4 overs but unfortunately fell just short of nabbing second place on the ladder by 0.6 points.
Way said despite not getting a home final, his side goes into next week’s semi-final against Gisborne with confidence.
“We’re going in with confidence because a few batsmen had some personal bests. It just comes down to performing on the day from now on. We have to be at our best and if we are, we’re confident we can get the results to go our way,” he said.
“I’m not bothered whether we bat or bowl first. We’ve just got to do what we do well. We’d like to make over 200 with the bat and do what we do with the ball.”
Romsey 478 (M Clement 151, T Stevenson 125, C Burkett 102, B Way 47; S Fogarty 3/54, A Young 3/64, R Alam 2/81) def Sunbury United 155 (MD Koutroubas 33, S Fogarty 33, A Dudderidge 30, A Wright 25; M Milne 5/50, A Frost 2/34)
WALLAN Cricket Club closed out its McIntyre Cup season with a nine-wicket first innings loss to undefeated Bacchus Marsh.
The loss seals a winless season for the freshly-promoted side.
Wallan was bowled out for 130 after 55.1 overs on day one, with captain Kieran Atkin top-scoring with 43.
It was rough going on day two as Bacchus Marsh looked to play their batsmen into form ahead of next week’s semi-final.
Opener Alex Porter led Bacchus Marsh with 102 as he and Scott Wakefield (57) secured the win with a 152-run partnership.
Amprit Pal Singh Atwal bowled well for Wallan, taking 3/21 from 7.2 overs.
Atkin said it was a disappointing season but the club can take some positives out of it.
“A lot of young blokes got exposed to first grade cricket which gives them some good footing for seasons to come. They should take confidence out of that,” he said.
“Our expectations were to be fairly competitive but unfortunately a few of the premiership players didn’t back up which left holes in our first grade side that filtered down to lower grades which made it hard for the club.”
Wallan now has to wait and see who takes out the B Grade premiership before learning where they will play next season.
Bacchus Marsh 7/307(dec) (A Porter 102, S Wakefield 57, I Spiteri 55*, M Ekanayaka 41, D O’Loughlin 34; A Singh Atwal 3/21) def Wallan 130 (K Atkin 43; I Spiteri 3/30, J Powell 2/10, R Watson 2/36)