IT is a fact that the cream rises to the top and it was just that way at Melville Oval on the weekend as College and Macarthur met in the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade semi-final.
The “cream” of the College team rose to the occasion as Hamish Bailey and Jason Schmidt dominated with bat and ball.
Winning the toss and electing to bowl first was the first surprise that Macarthur skipper Michael Brilley sprung, as the coin fell his way on a wicket that was very well grassed but rock hard.
It was obviously what the team were hoping for before the match and the players could be seen celebrating the outcome.
Now all they needed was for the new ball bowlers to maintain their season long line and length.
Bailey and Heath Schmidt took strike for College, and they simply had to get the Eagles away to a solid start as there were doubts about the rest of the batting order standing up to the Demons attack.
Charlie Nield and Christo Rook took the new ball for Macarthur but they tended to bowl on both sides of the wicket and posed few issues for Bailey and Schmidt.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.