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Seymour District cricket makes triumphant return

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By Colin MacGillivray

After persistent wet weather led to the cancellation of nearly two months of play, the A Grade competition of Seymour District Cricket Association, SDCA, made its long-awaited return on Saturday.

After cancelling its first four rounds, the association met with clubs in early November to discuss resetting the season starting from November 26.

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SDCA president Ben Trezise said it gave clubs time to prepare their grounds adequately after sodden conditions rendered many unplayable.

“At our last meeting with all the clubs we postponed [the start of the season], hoping people would be able to get their grounds up,” he said.

“There are a couple of clubs that are still struggling, but the majority have got them up, which is awesome.

“Tallarook and Puckapunyal are still struggling to get on their grounds to mow them because they’re so soft.

“Once they mow them they should dry out quite quickly, but at the moment it’s just too soft to get a ride-on mower out there.”

Trezise said the association would soon release a revised fixture, eliminating two-day games in the A Grade competition in favour of more one-day contests.

Two-day games had been scheduled to begin in January after the Christmas-New Year’s break.

“The draw will have to be redone, but it gives us an extra four games that people get a bat and a bowl in,” he said.

“If we’d stuck to the original draw we would only get three one-dayers and four two-dayers in, which doesn’t give people much of an opportunity to have a hit and a bowl.

“Now I think we’ll be able to get up to 11 or 12 rounds. The more games we can get in the better.”

In Saturday’s matches reigning premier Eastern Hill recorded a comfortable six-wicket win over cross-town rival Seymour, bowling Seymour out for 50 in the 21st over and chasing down the total rapidly.

Jake Sutherland was a standout for the Eagles with six wickets for only 10 runs in 6.3 overs, with only opener Jason Brown, 18 runs, and Brodey Pointon, 12, reaching double figures for Seymour.

Ben Bryant and Matthew Collard shouldered the bulk of Eastern Hill’s run chase, each finishing unbeaten on 17.

Last season’s runner-up Broadford also started its campaign on a positive note, chasing down visiting Tallarook’s total of 142 in an entertaining game at Harley Hammond Reserve.

Kasey Duncan’s 45 runs in the Tallarook middle order, coupled with 25 apiece from Josh Rudge and Leigh Irving and 19 from opener Corey Jones, set the visitors up well, but Broadford’s Cody Ball ripped through the Tallarook tail end to finish with 5-27 from 8.2 overs and limit the damage.

Broadford opener Connor Stute got the run chase off to a strong start with 22 despite the early loss of partner Mitch Collier, with Jeremy Bradshaw, 26, and Josh Nolan, 18, steadying the side in the middle order.

An errant Tallarook bowling attack conceded 41 extras including 33 wides, helping the home team reach 149 in the 45th over.

This weekend Yea Tigers will return from a bye to host Eastern Hill, while Broadford is scheduled to play Seymour at Chittick Park.

Gisborne and District Cricket Association

In the GDCA’s McIntyre Cup competition Wallan and Romsey squared off, with the Magpies earning bragging rights after a big 108-run win.

Opener Kieran Atkin’s 81 runs and 78 from Bryan Vance at number three helped Wallan set an imposing total of 5-220 from its full 45-over allotment.

Despite 23 runs each from Nathan Hoy and Corey Day, the Redbacks were never seriously in the run chase and were bowled out for 112 in 35.3 overs, with Wallan’s Campbell Fowler claiming 4-21 from eight overs.

Kilmore played Romsey in the second-tier Johnston Shield competition, falling one agonising run short of the Redbacks’ 135 in a thrilling run chase.

Despite a strong opening stand by Ash Lovick, 27, and Kevin Craddock, 17, the Blues finished their 40 overs at 7-134.

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