Elaine batsman Arnel, Kane smashes club record

ELAINE batsmen Cade Arnel and Peter Kane smashed a 28-year club record at the weekend with a 300-run second-wicket partnership against East Ballarat.

The partnership, made in just 23 overs, saw Elaine amass a mammoth 2-426 in its 34 overs to comfortably defeat their Ballarat Cricket Association division five rivals, which were dismissed for 74 in just 15.4 overs.

Peter Kane’s innings of 170 comprised 25 boundary fours and nine sixes on the small Russell Square Oval, while Cade Arnel batted through the entire Elaine innings, striking 22 boundary fours and six sixes.

Elaine bowler Graham Lench also had a good day out, claiming 6-22 in a bowling spell of six overs and clubbed 32 runs in just five overs and remained not out when the innings was compulsorily closed.

Cape firming to win high honour

AS EVERY week goes by, Darley all-rounder Matt Cape appears he is firming to take out the Ballarat Cricket Association’s highest individual honour.

With just three rounds of the home and away season remaining, the Lions’ captain-coach looks the early pick for this year’s EJ Cleary Medal, which he has finished runner-up for in past years. Cape leads the batting charts from Wendouree’s Gavin Webb (405 runs at 57.86) and Coronet City’s Brendan Burns (320 runs at 45.71). Meanwhile, Brown Hill quick Matt McMahon remains streets ahead in the bowling aggregate. McMahon has snared 34 wickets in 2012-13 at an average of 12.18, with Naps-Sebas’ Brendan Thompson, fresh from a seven-wicket haul, and Mt Clear skipper Lincoln Blake next best on 22 wickets.

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