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Max Davies
Max Davies
Max is a journalist for the North Central Review. He joined the paper as a cadet journalist in 2021 and graduated from La Trobe University in 2023. He takes a keen interest in motorsport and the automotive industry.

By Max Davies

Wallan’s Johnstone Shield Firsts secured a big win at home against Aintree on Saturday, headlined by a 193-run batting partnership between Matthew Clayton and Bryan Vance.

Wallan opted to bat first and left the visitors to chase down a massive 244-run total, a task that proved too difficult to overcome as Aintree languished to be all out for 134.

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Captain Vance scored an impressive unbeaten 123 after stepping up to bat after Todd Keenan was caught out early in Wallan’s innings on just nine runs.

Bryan Vance in action.

Opening batter Clayton also recorded 70 runs and survived until he was caught out in the 35th over.

Archie Moore made eight runs before being bowled out, followed by Spencer Whittingham who closed the innings with 20 not out.

The Bryan Vance and Matthew Clayton partnership scored a whopping 193 runs on Saturday.

During Aintree’s innings, it was another Wallan landslide as every bowler took at least one wicket, however it was Keenan and Ryan Bonner who led the way to record 2/17 and 2/8 respectively.

The victory cements Wallan’s place at the top of the Johnstone Shield Firsts ladder, remaining undefeated from three games to sit six points ahead of second-placed Broadford.

Broadford’s 9/157 was enough to claim an important win at the weekend, travelling to defeat Riddell, who were all out 114 in a turnaround from Broadford’s previous round’s defeat to Kilmore.

Broadford elected to bat first but were kept to 157 by strong bowling efforts from Riddell’s Jarryd Stancombe, Brenton Stancombe, Heath Brown and Harry Fisher – each one taking at least two wickets.

Every Broadford batter had a chance at the crease, with Jake Martin, James Ingham and Nathan Woods leading the way with 44 runs, 27 and 22 not out respectively.

Braden Hickey impressed in Broadford’s bowling, taking four wickets while conceding 34 runs as the club sits tied for second on the ladder with East Sunbury.

Elsewhere, Kilmore suffered a home defeat to Eynesbury as it went down 9/172 to 3/176.

Coach and captain Jacob Walton, Andrew Smith, and Robert Hanson each scored more than 30 runs, while Elliot Frendo took two wickets in an attempt to fend off the visiting Eagles.

Four of Eynesbury’s five bowlers scored more than 20 runs, proving to be more than enough to defeat Kilmore in 35 overs.

Kilmore now sits at the bottom of the Johnstone Shield Firsts ladder, tied with Riddell on six points.

Round five this weekend has Broadford host Wallan, while Kilmore has a bye.

Meanwhile, in the shield’s Seconds competition, all three Wallan, Kilmore, and Broadford sides suffered defeats in contrasting fortunes to their club counterparts.

Venues will be reversed for Seconds matches, with the addition of Kilmore who will travel to Salesian College to play Rupertswood.

McIntyre Cup

Romsey’s booming early season continued at the weekend, scoring a comfortable 8/219 to 10/193 victory over hosts Sunbury United to remain undefeated so far.

Batting first, it was coach and captain Ben Way taking home bragging rights on the day, scoring 87 runs before being caught out in Romsey’s second last over.

The next highest scorer was Taylor Stevenson on 38 runs, followed closely by Matthew Milne on 35.

Romsey’s Chris Marienfield took 4/36, while Jamie Taylor and Corey Day took two wickets apiece.

Romsey is currently one of two teams to have won all four matches this season, joining Gisborne on 24 points at the top of the table.

Gisborne itself took out a 3/219 to 7/218 victory in an away match against Sunbury Kangaroos, surpassing the host’s total in 33 overs.

Romsey will this weekend travel to play Diggers Rest Bulla Village, the only team yet to win a match in the 2023-24 season.

In the McIntyre Cup Seconds competition, Romsey was unable to overcome Sunbury United in a challenging home match.

The team currently sits fourth on its respective ladder and will be looking to take out a win over Diggers Rest this weekend to secure its position.

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