Broadford had Kilmore all out for 132 on Saturday. The visitors surpassed the total 4/133 in 27 overs.

BROADFORD continued its hot start to the Seymour District Cricket Association A Grade competition, downing 2020-21 grand finalist Kilmore for its third straight win.

Kilmore elected to bat after winning the toss at home, but instantly struck trouble when opener Ryan Cumberland was removed for a duck by Broadford skipper Taylor Shell.

Shell pounced again soon after to claim the wicket of Kilmore wicket keeper Jacob Walton, batting at number three, and the home side was reeling at 2/6.

Blues captain Josh Buttler and Dale Tassone rescued the innings with a 46-run partnership before Tassone was brought undone by Jeremy Bradshaw.

Buttler batted on with Ben Dawson, but after Shell had him caught behind, the side struggled, losing its final seven wickets for 49 runs, to be all out for 132.

Buttler (32), Tassone (27) and Dawson (25) were the only Kilmore batsmen to reach double figures, with Shell (4/35) the pick of the Broadford attack and Mitch Collier (4/24) helping clean up the Kilmore tail.

Broadford got off to an ideal start in its run chase, with openers Riley Mason and Gareth Sharp putting on 49 runs before Mason was trapped leg before wicket by Buttler for 39.

Sharp continued to bat with Ash Wood, who was run out for 17, before eventually falling to Buttler for 27.

By that stage the damage was done, with Collier’s 29 at number four helping guide Broadford to a six-wicket win in only 27 overs.

Buttler could hold his head high in defeat, claiming 3/46 to be the only Kilmore wicket taker, while Cumberland bowled two maidens in a three-over spell.

Eastern Hill proved too strong for Tallarook, with Ben Bryant’s 95 helping the home side set a target of 8/181 for the visiting Rookers.

Tallarook’s run chase was in trouble early when Corey Jones fell for a duck, but captain Lachie Watts rescued the innings with a solo effort of 73.

Tallarook reached 4/125 before Watts was bowled by Bryant, who added 5/8 to his near-century with the bat in a dominant man-of-the-match performance.

With Watts gone, the tail was soon swept away, adding only 12 more runs for the final five wickets to fall 45 runs short of victory.

Reigning premiers Yea Tigers continued their early-season form slump, losing by three wickets to Seymour after only mustering 107 runs with the bat.

The Tigers will face a near must-win scenario in a grand final rematch against Kilmore on Saturday at Kilmore Cricket Ground, while Broadford will host Eastern Hill in a top-of-the-table clash and Tallarook will face Seymour at Chittick Park.

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