CRICKET: BCA club firsts round-up

MT CLEAR 8-312 d BROWN HILL 200

at University of Ballarat

MT CLEAR surged further clear at the top of the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts ladder with a 112-run win over Brown Hill today.

The Mounties showed they are the team to beat this season by easily accounting for the second-placed Bulls.

Spinner Steve Nicholson snared four wickets as the home side dismissed the Brown Hill boys well shy of its total of 8-312.

Jack James (73) got things off to a good start for the Bulls, but a lower-order collapse saw the visitors slip from 2-159 to be all out for 200.

NAPS-SEBAS 182 lost to WENDOUREE 6-369

at Napoleons

Wendouree jumped over Napoleons-Sebastopol and into third place on the ladder following a crushing first innings victory this afternoon.

The Red Caps' day one total of 6-369 never looked under threat, with the visitors bowling out Naps-Sebas for 182.

Gavin Webb claimed a rare four-wicket haul in the victory, with Carman Mapatuna (58) and Liam Rigby (43) the best performers for the home side.

NORTH BALLARAT 224 d DARLEY 180

at Northern Oval

North Ballarat stayed in the finals hunt with a vital win over Darley.

The Roosters successfully defended their score of 224 from day one, rolling the Lions 45 runs shy of victory.

Reigning EJ Cleary Medal winner Matt Cape was again in the runs, making 93 to be the leading contributor for the vanquished.

BALLARAT-REDAN 297 d EAST BALLARAT 254

at City Oval

BALLARAT-REDAN clinched its third win of the season, beating East Ballarat by 43 runs.

The Two Swords held off the Hawks, which came close to hauling in the target of 298 thanks to a century from Peter Colbourne (102) and half-century from Josh Brown (51), but were eventually bowled out for 254.

Nathan Patrikeos collected four scalps for the winners.

GOLDEN POINT d CORONET CITY

at St Patrick's College 2

(scores not complete)

AFTER clinching first innings points last week, Golden Point fell short of outright victory against Coronet City.

Declaring before a ball was bowled this afternoon, the Pointies had the City boys six wickets down in their second innings when they too surprisingly declared late in the day.

Needing close to 200 for an outright win, the Pointies could not reel in the target before stumps and were forced to settle for six points.

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