By Justin Flynn
Jan Juc batsman James Downey fell four runs short of a century on Saturday as his side and Barrabool played out a thrilling tie in Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association B1 Grade.
Both sides finished with 193 from their 40 overs. Morgan’s 96 included 10 boundaries while Barrabool’s Wes Grigg also passed 50 with 59 including four boundaries and three sixes.
Barwon Heads captain Ande Santilli made a polished 74 from 71 deliveries and shared a 120-run opening stand with Luke Rundle, who made 49 from 109.
Armstrong Creek’s Chris Marsiglio smacked an unbeaten 85 from just 67 balls with 16 fours and a six. Teammate Darcy French took 4-17.
IN B2 GRADE, St Leonards batsman Justin Wright made a superb 108 in his side’s mammoth score of 7-334. Alex Wilson (78) and Adam Bonner (62) also joined in on the fun.
Armstrong Creek gun Tim Hester showed he has lost none of his touch with a brilliant unbeaten 117, which was punctuated with 15 boundaries and four sixes. Trevor Piera hit the ball to all parts during his 92 from only 58 balls. The Titans made a hefty 4-342 and won easily.
Inverleigh’s Paul Hageman made 71 from 51, teammate Simon Craggs hit 65 from 75, Collendina’s Aidann Foard made a patient 61 from 123, Portarlington pair Jamie Morgan and Paul McGrath made 61 and 60 respectively, Winchelsea duo Tom Stephenson and Matt Worland made 60 and 59 while Little River’s Daniel Burrows made 61 in a round that was dominated by the willow.
IN C GRADE, Barrabool’s Tim Morgan made a superb 109 from 115 balls while Ocean Grove captain Greg Scarpa had a good weekend, making 72 not out and won St Leonards Cricket Club’s reverse raffle on Sunday. Robert Pipan played his 300th senior game for St Leonards.
Greg Smith made 77 and Ash Harvey took 4-20 for St Leonards and Andrew Morgan took 5-27 for Anglesea.
IN D GRADE, Barwon Heads father and son combination of Matthew and Bryce Dunell were the stars of the show. Matthew made his highest score of 76 not out while son Bryce took 4-18 to go with his 21 with the bat while teammate Brendan Craghill took 4-10.