Malmsbury edging closer to finals berth


Malmsbury is one step closer to locking in a Gisborne and District Cricket Association Jensen Shield, finals berth, defeating Melton South on the weekend.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bowl, Malmsbury was clinical with ball in hand, running through Melton South.

Vice-captain Jock Braszell led from the front on Saturday afternoon, taking five wickets for just 34, as Melton South were bowled out for only 64 from 8.4 overs.

Kyle Fisher also proved to be a handful taking 3-21.

In the chase, opening batsman Parminder Singh and number three Leo Pruden were able to get the job done with ease.

Singh remained 45 not out at the end of the chase while Pruden fell late in the piece for 25.

Malmsbury secured the win, three down in the 12th over, finishing 3-67.

Malmsbury moved above the Royals with the win into third spot.

It wasn’t the same result for Hanging Rock after its total was chased down by St Anthony’s.

After a strong performance by opening batsman and skipper Liam Omeara, making 43, wickets began to fall too frequently for the club, being bowled out for 137 after 35 overs.

The Saints Gurinder Singh Grewal was a clear standout with the ball taking 5-16 from his seven overs.

Defending the small total put up proved too difficult for the travelling side, as St Anthony’s chased the runs down just four down in the 24th over. They finished 4-141.

Singh Grewal proved his true all-round abilities making an unbeaten 57.

Hanging Rock now sit second bottom on the ladder and will face Malmsbury at home on the weekend.

Lancefield suffered a loss to Aintree in its match.

Aintree made 160 with Amanpreet Singh top scoring with 47 at the top of the order. Harvey Lehner took three wickets for the Tigers.

The Tigers fell just short, finishing 9-150.