Tallygaroopna export Ryan Sidebottom made a swift transition to Twenty20 cricket at the weekend.
The fast bowler picked up three wickets in Carlton’s 44-run win against Essendon on Saturday.
Carlton won the toss and batted first, smashing 6-164 from its 20 overs as Nic Ross blasted an unbeaten 74.
Sidebottom hit a run-a-ball seven before spearheading his team with 3-16 from four overs to restrict Essendon to 8-120.
It was a different outcome for Carlton the following day, as it lost in the final over to Melbourne.
Carlton again batted first, finishing its innings on 4-147 before Melbourne got an opportunity.
Sidebottom (1-33) opened the bowling, but Melbourne star Seb Gotch got to work and smashed 70 not out in the seven-wicket win.
Meanwhile, former Central Park-St Brendan’s star Tyler Larkin continues to make strides at Geelong.
After blasting 99 last week, Larkin batted at No.4 in Geelong’s two Twenty20 matches at the weekend.
He made scores of 10 and 8 as Geelong split its games with a win against Ringwood on Saturday before losing to Northcote the following day.
Former Katandra player Daniel Sartori’s Monash Tigers were on the end of a Alex Hales thunderstorm on Saturday.
The Englishman, who has played 11 Tests and 38 one-day internationals, smashed 43 in quick time to help Fitzroy Doncaster chase down the Tigers’ meagre total of 63 in the 10th over.
Sartori’s Tigers struggled the following day, losing to Greenvale Kangaroos by 33 runs as they were bowled out for 81.
Hamish Winter-Irving played in Footscray-Edgewater’s two Twenty20 games, but only got one opportunity to bat and failed to get a bowl.