By Jackson Russell
Kilmore sits all alone atop the Seymour District Cricket Association A Grade ladder after a 61-run win over Broadford on Saturday.
The win extends Kilmore’s record to a perfect 4-0 while Broadford suffered its first loss of the season, falling to third on the ladder behind Yea.
After the hosts won the toss and elected to bat, Broadford struck early, with Ashley Gurney dismissing Kilmore captain Josh Buttler for six, caught by Braden Hickey after a 15-run opening partnership with Dale Tassone.
Tassone and Jacob Walton were able to right the ship, putting on 63 together before Walton was caught at slip by Cooper Mason off Jeremy Bradshaw for 18.
Tassone kept the scoreboard ticking over for Kilmore as his next two partners fell cheaply, before he was caught behind by Broadford captain-wicketkeeper Ash Wood for 73 from 105 deliveries with 11 boundaries with Kilmore 5/117.
Ben Dawson continued Kilmore’s momentum, putting on 21 with Robert Hanson (six) and 26 with Marcus Davern (seven) before he was sent back to the pavilion, caught by Bradshaw for Taylor Shell’s second of four late wickets, making a quickfire 39 off 37 balls to take the hosts to 7/164.
Davern and Gurkarnvir Singh both fell victim to Shell shortly after as Kilmore finished its innings at 9/182 from 45 overs.
Shell took 4/38 from nine overs, while Gurney took 3/39 from nine overs with a maiden.
Broadford was able to make a solid start with the bat, with Riley Mason and Gurney combing for a 44-run opening stand before Mason was dismissed by Josh Buttler for 22.
Broadford’s top-order struggled to hold onto their wickets, with Gurney (23), Evan Mills (eight) and Cooper Mason (zero) being sent packing by Corey Dennehy in a matter of minute as Broadford fell to 4/56.
Jake Martin and Braden Hickey were able to put on a 21-run fifth wicket partnership before both fell one after the other, Martin caught behind by Matt Rose off Brett Buttler for 13, and Hickey caught behind by Rose off Dennehy for nine, with Broadford 6/77.
Jeremy Bradshaw led Broadford’s lower order, making 22 from 47 balls, but partners started to fall around him before he was dismissed by Josh Buttler to have the visitors 9/121.
Jack Connell was the final wicket to fall, caught by Hanson off Shane Topham for a duck as Broadford was bowled out for 121 from 35.5 overs.
Dennehy led Kilmore’s attack, taking 4/20 from five overs with a maiden while Josh Buttler and Topham took two wickets apiece.
Tallarook were able to get back on the right track with a nine-wicket win over Seymour at Chittick Park, improving the reigning premiers’ record to 2-2.
The visitors did not allow Seymour to create a substantial partnership, taking wickets consistently on their way to bowling out Seymour for 129 from 39 overs.
Leigh Irving led Tallarook’s attack, taking 3/20 from seven overs with a maiden while Jason Tarran took 3/21 from nine overs with a maiden.
After a minor blip early when opener Luke Marshall was dismissed for one, the run chase was a breeze for Tallarook.
Ben Cooney (54 not out from 65 balls) and captain Lachlan Watts (74 not out from 79 balls) got the job done in just 26 overs.
Pyalong are still winless after four rounds following a six-wicket loss to Alexandra at home.
Pyalong made 7/161 from its 45 overs on the back of 75 from Peter Campbell, but it wasn’t enough as Alexandra finished the run chase with four balls remaining thanks to Shane Parker’s 93 not out.
Yea made short work of Eastern Hill, making 6/161 with Nathan Beattie top-scoring with 40, before bowling out Eastern Hill for just 71 from 28 overs. Damon Malcolm took 4/16 from seven overs with three maidens.