By Mark Heenan
Ocean Grove bowed out of the BPCA finals race after a seven-wicket haul from Barrabool opening bowler Nathan Findlay destroyed their top four hopes.
Seemingly in control at 0-23 with Barrabool dismissed for 126 at stumps on day one, Ocean Grove lost 10 wickets for 67 runs.
Last season’s A1 premiers were all out for only 90 from 45.5 overs at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval
It was Ocean Grove’s lowest batting total this season and its fifth consecutive defeat.
Grubber captain-coach Paul Jubber conceded his side’s performances had been below par in 2020.
“Bitterly disappointed, our form after Christmas was unacceptable [and] we feel we have missed a genuine opportunity,” Jubber said.
“The reality is, when it counted this year many of us didn’t stand up.”
Findlay bowled a devastating spell and finished with 7-33 from 22.5 overs.
“Nathan [Findlay] was terrific, bowled well – bowled to his strength,” he said.
Isaac Saunders top scored with 37 after his fine 52 against Queenscliff in round 13.
Barrabool was bowled out for 126 on day one with Grubber pair Dan Roddis (3-25) and Paul Jubber (3-31) each taking three wickets while Lindon Giuffrida claimed 2-27.
BARWON Heads defeated Collendina by 110 runs.
The Cobras avoided relegation with bottom-placed Portarlington set to play in A2 Grade next season.
“The positive was we didn’t get relegated, and we had a lot of kids [that] played as well, and that was also a good thing,” Collendina skipper Nathan Walter said.
Chasing 231 for victory after Barwon Heads made 8-230, the Cobras were all out for 120 from 64.3 overs.
Ben Ricardo top scored with 55, his fourth half-century in 2019-20.
Michael Fallon (5-56) and Sam Schaller (5-35) both dominated and claimed five wickets for Barwon Heads.