On a weekend highlighted by six centuries, it was a bowler who stole the show to put Aspendale in the boxseat of their top of the table clash with Murrumbeena in Division 1.Beaumaris hosted South Caulfield in their own Championship Division top of the ladder clash and despite a shaky start, Beaumaris were able to post 5/267 from their 80 overs. Beauy skipper Sam Coates arrived at the crease with his side on the backfoot and from that moment on set about building partnerships. Firstly a 54-run stand with James Lynch (32) and then a 153-run partnership with Lachlan Fyer (73) to guide his team to a strong total. Coates was dismissed for 113 in a 201 ball innings, his second century for the club. Kanishka Alvitigala (2/55) and Bradley Erasmus (2/53) were the pick of the bowlers for South.At Boss James Reserve, a new-ball spell from Dan Mueller (4/15) tore through the Hampton top-order and the Seahorses never really recovered as they were dismissed for just 80. Bonbeach who also had a brief hiccup when Andrew Brewster (3/26) had the new ball talking, then set about securing first innings points as they cruised past the total in the final few overs of the day to finish 4/103. Sean Gales (40*) and Akila Lakshan (31*) will resume their innings next week.McKinnon sent Parkdale in, and dismissed the home side in the 70th over for 268 in a contest which saw the momentum swing back-and-forth on a number of occasions. For Parkdale, skipper Anthony Reid (59) and youngster Jordan Hesline (70) were the pick of the batsman, whilst Wade King (4/92) impressed for McKinnon who will resume their chase next week at 0/17. Carnegie batted through their overs to post 234 against Bentleigh, Tatsatt Brahmbatt (79*) & Abi Sharma (58) were the chief runscorers at Koornang Park.In Division 1, Aspendale quick Cal Dodson (7/28) ripped through the Murrumbeena top order to help his side dismiss the Beena for just 146. Troy Lamb in his return match scored 51, but his side has their work cut out for them as Aspendale raced to 1/73 thanks to Mitch Allen (44*) & Adam Hulme (26*). Mentone (1/152) has already secured first inning points after knocking over Bayside for 150. Matthew Walker's quick fire 77 off 49 balls backed up Chris Smyth's 5/54 performance with the ball. Anky Desai (143*) posted his first century for Middle Park, as he and Sam Bradford (49) enabled their side to reach 9/295, Dishan Sandaruwan (4/54) the pick of Chelsea's bowlers.Last year's Semi Final rematch saw Old Mentonians post 246 on the back of Sam Tolley (75) and Tom Homes (57) with Jason Oldfield grabbing 4/28. In reply Brighton District are 2/39 with the match evenly poised at stumps.
CSB Women set for competition opener
This weekend will see the start of the CSB Women's Competition following the T10 grading matches which took place in late October.We have split the competition into two Divisions to ensure a closer skillset in the competition.Division 1: Omega, Carnegie, Richmond City & ParkdaleDivision 2: East Malvern Tooronga, Aspendale, Cluden & Bentleigh.Both competitions will play 9 rounds of T20 matches with the top 2 teams in each Division playing off in the Grand Final.
PCFA Blue Stumps Day
The PCFA Blue Stumps Day Round (17&18 November) is fast approaching and we encourage all CSB Clubs to look at ways they can support the event.All Championship Division matches will play with the stumps pictured above, however all CSB clubs will be vying for the PCFA Community Cup which will be presented to the Club who raises the most funds for PCFA with thanks to Scotia Engraving.
Abetz makes Championship debut
Congratulations to Charles Abetz who made is Championship Division debut in the match between Hampton & Bonbeach at the weekend.