By Jackson Russell
A brilliant bowling performance from Jeremy Bradshaw led Broadford to a 27-run win over Eastern Hill in its two-day Seymour District Cricket Association A Grade match at Harley Hammond Reserve.
Spearheading the hosts’ bowling attack, Bradshaw took 4/26 from 21 overs with 10 maidens in Broadford’s fourth win of the season.
After bowling out Broadford for 174 on day one, Eastern Hill was 1/11 at stumps.
The visitors were able to right the ship early on day one before Blair Hobba (4/38) took his first wicket of the day, leading to three more in a collapse that had Eastern Hill in trouble at 5/73.
Seamus Feery (39) and Ben Bryant (29) were able to put together a 54-run partnership and give Eastern Hill some hope of a comeback, before Bryant was caught by Aaron Gleeson off Lee McKenzie’s bowling.
Eastern Hill’s tail didn’t put up much of a fight and were quickly dismissed as the visitors were bowled out for 147 from 69 overs.
Broadford coach Greg Hobba said 174 was going to be hard to defend on a good batting track.
“Throughout the day, the team were up for the challenge and never dropped their heads and kept fighting,” he said.
“Jeremy bowled 11 overs before tea and another 10-over spell after tea and took another three wickets. It’s good to have a player of that calibre who can bowl from either end.
“It was pleasing because the bowlers at the other end kept up the pressure with dot balls and maidens. Blair Hobba also took 4/20 prior to tea with some critical wickets.”
Broadford will stay home for the last round before the Christmas break to host Yea Tigers in a two-dayer.
“It’s an unusual situation where we’ve had a couple washouts and there are a couple undefeated sides heading into Christmas and we’ve only lost one so it’s going to be a very interesting game,” Hobba said.
Yea Tigers remain one of two undefeated teams after their eight-wicket win over Kilmore at home.
Kilmore were bowled out for 150 from 65 overs on day one after falling to 7/36 early.
A half-century from Ben Dawson was able to get the visitors back on track before Kilmore was bowled out.
Yea was able to cruise through the run chase, getting the job done in 65 overs on the back of an unbeaten half-century from Cameron Armstrong, who finished on 56 not out off 116 balls with six boundaries.
Kilmore will look to rebound this week against a winless Seymour at Chittick Park.
Tallarook remains undefeated on top of the A Grade ladder after a comfortable first innings win over Seymour at home.
Tallarook rolled through Seymour in the first innings, bowling the visitors out for 139 from 50 overs with Will Dundon taking 4/44 from 17 overs.
Tallarook came out for the first innings with aggression, looking to boost their percentage and potentially nab an outright win.
The hosts declared at 4/256 with a 117-run lead after just 57 overs with Jac Smith-Williams making 78 and Mitch Itter making 71.
With not much time left in the day, stumps was called with Seymour 1/50 from 25 overs.
Tallarook will look to continue their undefeated streak when it hosts Eastern Hill.