South’s finals dreams go up in smoke
SOUTH Portland’s ambitions of playing B grade finals cricket in this year’s Portland and District Cricket Association competition disintegrated on Saturday off the back of stellar batting performance from Portland Colts.
Taking place at Cavalier Park, the conclusion of the two-day clash marked the end of the home and away season.
Portland Colts finish the season on top of the ladder with Portland Tigers in second, Gorae-Portland in third and Drumborg-Heywood in fourth.
South Portland and Tyrendarra are the two teams to miss out on finals.
On the opening day of the round 12 clash between South Portland and Colts, South Portland set a first innings total of 106, with Colts reaching stumps at 1-85.
In a long day out in the field for South, Colts batted for the duration, reaching stumps at a staggering 8-379.
Opening batsman Ash Elijah was the architect of the innings, setting himself up with plenty of patience early on before launching in the lead up to the main break.
Elijah was eventually dismissed on 167 runs from just 168 balls, slamming 22 fours and three huge sixes.
Elijah was joined by Paul Richardson for a significant stretch, making 55 runs, while towards the end of the innings Rhys Carlyon came in like a wrecking ball – blasting 65 runs from 48 balls, including nine boundaries – with three sixes coming from a single over.