The Perfect 10
The 1sts surged back into premiership calculations when they pocketed maximum points after defeating Washington Park outright in their round 8 contest.
The boys (1/90 dec) had raced past The Sharks paltry first innings score of 89 late on day one and it was more of the same treatment on day two as Washington Park were again unable to withstand the East onslaught. The Sharks only managed to post 109 in their second innings with Jayme Saleem (5/38) shredding the top order and then youngster Nick Knight (3/10) doing a similar job on the latter part of the batting card with Mark Jenkin and Liam Polinelli chipping in with wickets whilst stiffling the scoring opportunities. The job was then completed as the top order belted 1/111 in 17 overs with Mark Devereaux (52no), Brendan Bennett (31) and Guy Martyn (26no) all feasting on the bowling to grab 10 crucial points and put them in with a good chance of grabbing the double chance by season's end.
The 2nds similarly beat Washington Park but in a nail biter. After a good all round batting performance saw the boys set 9/182, the Sharks were coasting at 2/120 but were bowled out for 177 with Mitch Strahan taking 6/40. The boys have a great opportunity at making it 2 in a row with another strong team performance.
The 4ths obliterated Hampton United by chasing down the required 170 runs to end the day at 0/190 with David Pook backing up his 3 wickets with a superb 100no ably supported by Peter Mannix 50no. They are in the finals hunt but need to keep winning.
The 5ths also had an easy win making it 3 wins on the trot to also have them in finals contention. After knocking up a competitive score of 184 last week they were able to bowl out Southside Caulfield for 70 with M Parker 2/9 and B Warner 2/10 taking some of the wickets. The highlight though was elder statesman Brian King taking a hat trick all bowled off stump. He finished with 3/7 to cap off a great day for the team.
The 6ths registered another win to entrench their second spot on the ladder. Chasing West Bentleigh's 151 the boys were in early trouble at 4/40 but Ed Turner 61 and Jordan Mayne 47 steadied the ship to finish the innings at 5/158 and secure the 6 points.
The 3rds put up a good fight and were in the hunt for a reverse outright. Bowling has not been an issue but more application with the bat is needed in the remaining rounds to secure that elusive win.