OCEAN Grove remains in a strong position to push for B-Grade premiership honours despite rain interrupting their season deciding match against Jan Juc at Drysdale over the weekend.
At stumps on Sunday, Ocean Grove were 0/48 after 12 overs after Jan Juc, who won the toss and elected to bat first, were dismissed for 190 from their 64.3 overs.
The Grubbers who finished in top spot at the end of the home and away season, will be determined to finish the season off as premiers after going down to Barwon Heads in the B-Grade Grand Final last season.
Play will resume on Saturday March 23 after the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association introduced a reserve day when fixtures were released on the eve of the season.
Rain dashed out any hope of play on day one on Saturday March 16, before play re-commenced the next day on Sunday.
Grubber B-Grade captain, Lucas Baulch, said it was extremely frustrating for no cricket to be played on the Saturday.
“It was extremely frustrating on (Saturday), very empty feeling actually with not knowing how to feel after standing around all day just waiting to play cricket,” Baulch said.
“Very empty feeling.”
Grubber bowler Thomas Kent was the clear standout on Sunday after his brilliant figures of 7/29 from 20.3 overs, that included 12 maidens.
Kent has taken a total of 21 wickets at 17.57 in the B-Grade this season.
“He (Kent) bowled early, which is probably against our usual plan, he does not generally bowl that early,” Baulch said.
“He (Kent) threw the ball up and gave it plenty of air and they (Jan Juc) were afraid to come down and hit him, so he just built pressure and pressure all day, it was fantastic.”
Fellow Grubber bowler Marcus Wirth provided good support with his figures of 2/32 from 14 overs.
IN the C-Grade Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association Grand Final, Ocean Grove remains in a strong contention to claim premiership victory.
In the season decider played at Ocean Grove Memorial Recreation Reserve rain washed out play on day one on Saturday March 16 between the Grubbers and Grand Final opponents Drysdale.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Ocean Grove made a competitive score of 9/278 from their 60 overs.
Grubber Alan Bate was in good touch blistering his way to 73 with the bat, while opener Mark Bainbridge (35) and Tony Edmonstone (36) provided good support.
Drysdale’s Aaron Malcolm was the most successful bowler for the visiting team with his figures of 3/49 from 12 overs.
Day two resumes this Saturday March 23 after the BPCA allocated it as a reserve day.
Drysdale will need to make 279 runs from their 60 overs to win.