IN FORM Drysdale and Barrabool remain the teams to beat at the mid-season point of the Bellarine Peninsula Cricket Association A grade competition in 2013/14.
The Hawks’ A grade team are undefeated after seven rounds, while the improved Barrabool, which finished in 10th spot in 2012/13, is in second place with six wins and one loss.
The BPCA A grade is one of the most even competitions in recent memory with only two wins separating 3rd-placed Barwon Heads (four wins and three losses) and 10th-placed Portarlington (two wins and four losses).
Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan takes a look at the performances of local clubs Ocean Grove, Collendina and Wallington so far.
OCEAN GROVE GRUBBERS
Wins/losses: three wins, three losses.
A tough draw has seen Ocean Grove play two of the leading teams Drysdale and Barrabool this season. Wins against last season’s A grade premiers Queenscliff, Portarlington and Wallington have helped Ocean Grove’s push for a finals’ berth in 2013/14.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS SEASON: Veteran batsman Dean Gills has been the backbone of Grubbers’ A grade batting line-up this season. Gills has scored 369 runs this season at 73.80 with hundreds (112 not out) against Portarlington in round one followed up by a brilliant 121 against ladder leaders Drysdale in round six.
THE RUN HOME
Round 8: Collendina (away)
Round 9: Newcomb (away)
Round 10: Barwon Heads (home)
Round 11: Jan Juc (home)
Wins/losses: two wins, four losses.
A narrow two-wicket loss to Barrabool off the last ball of the day in round three put a dampener on Collendina’s hopes of progressing further up the ladder in 2013/14. The Cobras recorded wins against Wallington in round two and the club’s best win came against Anglesea in round six.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS SEASON: Cobra opening bowlers Jye Hearps (12 wickets) and Andy Higgins (15 wickets) have combined for 27 wickets in 2013. Collendina opener James Rock has been standout with the bat after scoring 276 runs at 46 this season which included a maiden ton against Wallington in round two and half-centuries against Barrabool and Anglesea.
THE RUN HOME
Round 8: Ocean Grove (home)
Round 9: Jan Juc (away)
Round 10: Queenscliff (home)
Round 11: Portarlington (away)
Wins/losses: no wins, seven losses.
Although the Wallington A grade team has failed to win a match in 2013/14, there have been competitive performances with narrow losses to Ocean Grove in round six and last season’s grand finalists Jan Juc in round three. The Darren Cameron–led Wallabies will be hoping for some more improved efforts to finish off 2013/14 season.
HIGHLIGHTS THIS SEASON: Wallington all-rounder Dane Wise-Graham has been the major performer for the winless Wallabie. Wise-Graham has scored 183 runs at 26.14 with the bat and taken 13 wickets at 16 with the ball. He almost single-handedly defeated Jan Juc with his brilliant efforts of 7/62 and 53.
THE RUN HOME
Round 8: bye
Round 9: Queenscliff (away)
Round 10: Anglesea (away)
Round 11: Newcomb (home)