A devastating spell from Hamish Winter-Irving has led Footscray to a crushing win in Victorian Premier Cricket action.
Winter-Irving’s side tore through Casey-South Melbourne for an outright win with the former Central Park-St Brendan’s talent doing the bulk of the damage with a five-wicket haul.
Footscray declared at 7-231 in 46 overs and proceeded to dominate with the ball, Winter-Irving picking up two early wickets before taking the last three to finish with 5-35 from 20 overs.
With Casey-South Melbourne bowled out for 192, Footscray needed just three overs to chase down the required 23 runs for full points.
In other games, Katandra’s Daniel Sartori had a long day in the field as his Monash Tigers failed to shut down Carlton.
Set 205 the week before, Carlton batted all day to make 6-315 and claim the win, badly hurting the Tigers’ finals hopes.
For Josh McDonald, Geelong’s clash with Ringwood was a mixed bag.
The former Karramomus player was trapped leg before for a golden duck, but his side pulled off a big win in chasing down Ringwood’s 9-279 to win by four wickets.
James Billington’s Prahran seconds fell to Melbourne University, with University reaching 6-305 by stumps to take a comfortable 71-run win.
Central Park-St Brendan’s Tyler Larkin had a massive hand as his Geelong seconds pulled off a huge comeback to take an outright win against Ringwood.
Ringwood took first innings points and set Geelong 278 for an unlikely outright win.
But what followed was a remarkable turnaround; Geelong belted 5-280 in just 39 overs, helped by Larkin’s 55 in 42 balls.
Larkin hit three fours and three sixes in his influential knock.
Fellow ex-Tiger Tom Chalkley kept a cool head in Carlton’s seconds win against Monash Tigers.
Chasing 207 for victory, Chalkley came to the crease at 7-159 and made eight runs in 64 balls, playing steadily as his teammates scored around him to finish at 8-208.
Brayden Tracey was also in the line-up, but failed to trouble the scorers in his first game in the seconds for the season.
Karramomus’ Andrew Poppa could only watch on as his Carlton thirds lost to Monash Tigers by 128 runs.