By Mark Heenan
Time was the enemy in the Battle of the Bridge BPCA A1 one-day match between Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove at RT Fuller Oval on Saturday 26 October.
The Round 4 top four clash was drawn, regular rain intervened play as 15 overs was lost in the scheduled 40 over per side one-day match.
Ocean Grove won the toss and sent the home into bat.
Barwon Heads made 3/149 from its full 40 overs with both sides leaving the field with several rain interruptions during the first innings.
Ned Thorley grabbed the early ascendancy with the dismissal of Barwon Heads star captain Sam Schaller for only 1.
Explosive Seagull batsman Lewy Hyland (71) top scored for his side in an 118-run second wicket partnership with Sean O’Leary (54 not out).
“Lewy and Sean batted really well,” Ocean Grove captain-coach Paul Jubber said.
Jubber (1/23) and Ben Hanson (1/20) also both took one wicket.
In reply Ocean Grove only faced 25 overs and was 5/81 by the end of play.
The Seagulls removed Grubber opener Anton Scholtz without scoring, while experienced batting pair Huon Bertino (21) and Jubber (24 not out) were the top scorers.
Jubber hit four boundaries and one six.
Wickets at regular intervals denied the visitors to chase down a target with their reduced over tally.
“Was always going to be hard for either side to force a result,” Barwon Heads A1 captain Sam Schaller said.
“It looked like they had the intent to go get the runs but a few early wickets allowed them to just shut up shop a bit.”
Damian McMahon was the only multiple wicket-taker Barwon Heads, he took 2/10 from three overs.
Both teams secured three points as third placed Ocean Grove sat above Barwon Heads in fourth spot on percentage on the A1 ladder after four rounds.
“Reflecting on the game, three points is better than a loss but we may have missed a real opportunity to win the game only chasing 150,” Jubber said.
Ocean Grove had several players out including Shaun Fankhauser, Lindon Giuffrida, Dan Roddis and Tom Kent as replacements Ben Hanson, Craig Byron, Nathan Taylor and Jake Taylor came into the side.
A swashbuckling knock from Grubber opener Isaac Saunders guided Ocean Grove to a six-wicket one-day victory over Barwon Heads at Shell Road.
Batting first Barwon Heads compiled 4/185 from 40 overs as Ben Hughes took 3/31 from eight overs.
Saunders hit 11 boundaries in his innings of 76, while Greg Scarpa (47 not out) and Darren Craig (27 not out) made handy contributions.
Ocean Grove finished at 4/189 from 39 overs.
The Round 4 C1 one-day clash between Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove was a draw.
Batting first the home side made 6/199 from 40 overs, with Kane Montgomery taking 3/24.
Seagull batsman Duncan Buller top scored with 64 not out and shared in an unbroken seventh-wicket 102-run stand with Paul Summers (46 not out).
In reply Ocean Grove faced 33 overs and finished at 7/141.
Tyler Carmody hit four boundaries in his innings of 43.
D GRADE ONE DAY COMPETITION
DRYSDALE defeated Ocean Grove by 10 wickets in its clash at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve.
Batting first the Grubbers were all out for 90 from 30 overs. John Murphy and Mark Hyland both made 25.
In reply Drysdale won with 21 overs to spare to finish at 0/96 from 19 overs with Julian Igo (49 no) and Michael Keay (46 no) getting the six points.