The Trentham first eleven has continued its rich vein of form with a decisive win over top side Barkers Creek in the Castlemaine District A-Reserve cricket competition on Saturday.
In very hot conditions at Barkers Creek, Trentham had many good contributors in firstly restricting Barkers Creek to a score of 135 then passing the target with only five wickets down and 13 overs to spare.
Barkers Creek began its innings well, with openers Renfrey and Fortune putting on 24 before Corey Pedley broke through. Barkers Creek struggled and was finally dismissed for 135 in the 35th over with top scorers K. Huntly making 36 and A. Mack 22. The stand-out performer for Trentham was Corey Pedley who finished with the fine figures of 4-23 off 8 overs.
The Trentham run chase began with an opening stand of 49 between Janaka Wijerathne and Sam Bruton. Janaka was the first to go after making 31 including seven boundaries. He was quickly followed by Harley Forgo who was LBW for a duck.
Sam Hewitt then took over the attacking role while he and Sam Bruton took the score to 90 before Hewitt was out caught for a quickfire 35. Sixteen runs later, Bruton was dismissed for 29. Luke Adams (1) followed quickly, making the score 5-106, but there were still plenty of overs remaining . Dolf Reid and Corey Pedley then peeled off the remaining runs, passing Barkers Creek’s score in the 27th over.
Trentham’s B-Grade side recorded a morale-boosting win against top-four side, Malmsbury, at home.
Batting first, Malmsbury looked set to make a score of well over 250 with openers E. Kosmac and B. McCarthy putting on a partnership of over 100 in the first 20 overs. But through some improved bowling and fielding, Trentham gained some control and Malmsbury finished with 5-217 from its allotted 40 overs.
Trentham’s run chase began slowly and with the score on 3-55 after the first 20 overs, 217 was looking like a bridge too far. But Paul Keane and Chris Boyer proceeded to flail a weakening attack for the next 10 overs, taking the score to 151.
Under some heat duress, Keane continued, with Alistair Thompson (26), to keep the runs coming at a good rate. Victory was achieved in the 39th over with Keane dismissed right at the end for a fine 81.
Next week, Trentham A-Reserve plays host to Campbells Creek in a two-day game and B-Grade plays away against Harcourt.
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