By Jackson Russell
Kilmore’s chances of an almost certain victory were washed away when its Seymour District Cricket Association one-day A Grade match against Seymour was drawn due to rain.
Kilmore captain Matt Rose won the toss and elected to bat at home, but was quickly dismissed by Danny Fountain for 2.
Making his first A Grade half-century, Josh Buttler (56), along with Ash Lovick (33), were able to get the hosts back on track.
The two combined for a 90-run partnership before both were sent back to the sheds in quick succession as Kilmore fell to 3/98.
Jacob Walton (36) and Bailey Dennehy (18) were able to put 52 runs on the board between them before they too fell, one after the other, as Kilmore fell to 5/152.
Kilmore’s lower order wasn’t able to carry the momentum and the next five wickets fell for 27 runs, with the home side bowled out for 179 from 41.3 overs.
Lachlan Drummond bowled well in an efficient five over spell, taking 2/24 with one maiden while Brodey Pointon cleaned up the tail, taking 2/2 from an over and a half.
Seymour was in trouble early, with both openers falling cheaply.
Daniel McLarty (3) and Jason Brown (13) were followed soon after by Simon Van Duinen (11) and Brett Gordon (4) as Kilmore had Seymour on the ropes at 4/34.
Lachlan Drummond (29) was able to get some runs on the board before Lovick took the breakthrough wicket LBW at 5/71, his first of three for the day.
Wickets continued to fall with Seymour unable to put a partnership together.
Kilmore needed one more wicket when stumps was called at the 42 over mark. The visitors were 9/139 with Hayden Gawne, 29 not out, holding onto the draw.
Lovick finished with figures of 3/26 from nine overs with two maidens while father and son duo Josh and Brett Buttler took two wickets each.
Kilmore captain Matt Rose said despite not being able to get the six points, there were plenty of positives to take out of the game.
“Josh Buttler continued his really good form and made his first A Grade 50. Ash Lovick and Jacob Walton had some time in the middle and struck the ball really well,” he said.
“With the ball prior to the rain, we had them 4/20 which meant we basically killed the game off and when the rain hit, it changed the circumstances to us needing six wickets from 20 overs to get the win and unfortunately we only took five.
“Had we got one more wicket or had that tiny hail storm not hit, we would’ve had six points comfortably. We played how we wanted to play and we were just unfortunately on the wrong end of the rain, which is outside of our control.”
Yea remained undefeated, but may have received some assistance from the weather as their home one-dayer against Broadford was washed out.
Yea won the toss and sent the visitors in with Broadford finishing the innings 9/147 from 45 overs.
The Tigers were only able to get 19 overs into their run chase before play was called off with the hosts at 2/70.
Tallarook defeated Eastern Hill by 102 runs in the only result of the round.
Playing at home, Tallarook elected to bat and made 6/220 from 44 overs. Jac Smith-Williams top scored with 70 while Mitch Itter made 55.
Eastern Hill wasn’t able to get close to Tallarook’s total. After a solid start, the middle order fell cheaply as the visitors were bowled out for 118.