FULL SWING: Golden Point’s Andrew Falkner attacks the ball as Ballarat-Redan wicketkeeper Ross Peterson looks on. Picture: Daniel Hartley-AllenTHERE was no missing the firepower that returned fast bowler Lincoln Blake added to Mt Clear’s attack – it left Brown Hill badly singed.Blake, back for good from Queensland, took 6-31 in the Mounties’ 68-run trouncing of the ladder leaders in Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts one-day action.The Ballarat Electrical Bulls mustered an 80-run reply to the Mounties’ 148-run tally at University of Ballarat on Saturday.Mt Clear playing coach Paull Jeffrey said his team knew it had been far from safe against the big-hitting Bulls.They rallied before heading out to field.”We knew we were 50 runs shy of a good score, especially on a wicket that was very good, and that’s why we came out all guns blazing,” Jeffrey said.”We knew we had to produce some exceptionally good fielding.”Brown Hill was packed up within 23 overs.Mounties’ medium-pacer Rhett Ovens started the barrage, nabbing Bulls’ opener Sam Giblett in first of his three-wicket haul.Tight fielding and clever catching put a depleted Brown Hill order under pressure.Mounties’ captain Matt Goonan top-scored for the match with 56 runs (1 six, 5 fours).Jeffrey said his players had not adjusted ideally to one-day conditions and found themselves eight wickets down with 12 overs left to play.”We were all too attacking, more Twenty20-style than batting for 45 overs,” Jeffrey said.”We were a bit too excited and were throwing our wickets away.”The Mounties have a chance to cement top-three status heading into Christmas, with a one-day match against North Ballarat next week.In one fell swoop Cam Landry snatched victory from Golden Point’s grasp and cost the Pointies top-four status.Landry hit a boundary through the covers to seal the Ballarat-Redan win, pipping the Pointies with two wickets to spare.Ballarat-Redan had Point troubled early at 3-40 with top-three batsmen Brad Palmer, Lachie Anderson and Josh White back in the pavilion.Middle-order Pointie Andrew Falkner steadied his team with 38 runs in the Pointies’ 8-136 innings, in which Landry took 4-12 off eight overs.Point kept the Combine charge under control and sniffed victory when a late succession of wickets, via Pete Appleton and Steve O’Loughlin, set the Combine at 7-94 with eight overs remaining.A persistent Landry proved the difference with 64 runs (2 sixes, 6 fours) not out.Wendouree pulled off a great escape at Ballarat Grammar.After tearing through the Coronet City order, all-out for 98, the Red Caps looked set for a comfortable afternoon batting.Then their wickets began to tumble. Sitting 4-36 within 16 overs, the Red Caps had to dig their way out of trouble.Number eight batsman Matt Smith (29 runs) guided Wendouree to a lucky victory with one wicket to spare, after 37 overs.City captain Brendan Burns had wiped out top-order Red Caps Andrew Pitson and captain Heath Pyke in a double-wicket maiden. Burns took 2-16 off nine overs, having earlier top-scored for City with 24 runs.Red Cap quick Eamon Johnson nabbed 3-15 off 7.2 overs while spinner Gavin Webb matched his figures in four overs.Solid, all-round hard work rewarded Napoleons-Sebastopol with its first season win.Naps-Sebas safely defended its 8-169 against North Ballarat by 30 runs at home.The Roosters launched a competitive chase before a lower order collapse cost them the game. They lost their last five wickets for nine runs.Naps-Sebas medium-pacer Ash Ringin sparked the fall to put the Roosters at 6-130 after 39 overs. Tyler Ditloff polished it off, snaring 3-9 off three overs.Teammates Danny Carroll, 3-27, and Matt Ringin, 2-35, had taken care of the top and middle orders. Jarrod Burns, batting for the first time against his old Roosters’ teammates, and Les Sandwith anchored the Naps-Sebas innings with a 70-run third-wicket partnership.Burns chalked up 51 runs off 60 balls before he was run out at the bowler’s end.Only three wickets were lost in East Ballarat’s hunt, despite early worries when Darley captain Allan Steenholdt was at the crease.Steenholdt piled on 66 runs (2 sixes, 5 fours), the bulk in a 103-run partnership with Lindsay Black, to set the Lions up 2-113 after 30 overs at East Secondary College.The Lions only managed to take their tally to 149 runs before they were bowled out, however.With Steenholdt gone, young Hawk Peter Colbourne swooped in and ripped the Lions apart, claiming 5-29 off six overs.East’s newly arrived premier cricket recruit Daniel Forster (33 runs) teamed with Mark Shaw in an 82-run opening partnership. Chris Gardner, 24 not out, fired up with five boundaries when East passed its target, 3-151.
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