Footscray is in a dominant position after day one of its Victorian Premier Cricket men’s firsts clash against Melbourne.
Central Park-St Brendan’s product Hamish Winter-Irving finished with figures of 1-31 from 17 overs as his side rolled the opposition for 192.
Footscray will resume on 1-55 this weekend after a solid period with the bat before stumps.
Daniel Sartori’s Monash Tigers are in a similarly strong position after bowling Melbourne University out for 141 in 64.3 overs.
The Katandra export struck 23 from 39 deliveries at the top of the order for the chasers before perishing, but his side will return to the crease on 4-99.
Former Karramomus player Josh McDonald made an unbeaten eight for Geelong as part of a mammoth innings that resides at 8-312 from 96 overs.
The eighth-placed Cats will look to push the ascendancy even more against Dandenong (third) this weekend.
In second grade, former Old Students and Karramomus player James Billington anchored Prahran’s innings of 252 with a knock of 95, falling just short of a stirring century.
Northcote fell to 2-47 before stumps were called.
Tiger product Tyler Larkin played another strong hand for Geelong at the top of the order, making 43 of 8-278 against Dandenong.
For Carlton, Andrew Poppa (Karramomus) and Brayden Tracey (Central Park-St Brendan’s) had a tough day in the field watching Essendon pile on 356 runs in 83.1 overs.
Poppa’s day got even worse when he was bowled for three before stumps.
In the women’s firsts, Tallygaroopna’s Teagan Brett made five for Prahran with the bat before bowling five overs without reward in a seven-wicket loss to Melbourne.
Moama’s Chloe Rafferty was crucial in Essendon-Maribyrnong Park’s 152-run drubbing of Dandenong.
The all-rounder hit 22 from 36 deliveries with the bat before taking 2-11 from six overs to help bowl the opposition out for just 29.
Rafferty’s twin Paris and Jerilderie product Mardie Hamilton took six wickets between them in the reserves to spearhead an eight-wicket triumph.
●The details of the penultimate weekend of Cricket Shepparton action have been confirmed.
As with last week, A, B, C and D-grade matches will begin at 12.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, while E-grade clashes are one-dayers starting at 1pm on Saturday.
Cricket Shepparton semi-final fixture
A-grade: Numurkah v Central Park-St Brendan’s at Numurkah Showgrounds.
Katandra v Kyabram at Katandra Recreation Reserve.
B-grade: Kyabram v Euroa at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.
Tatura v Karramomus at Howley Oval.
C-grade: Euroa v Pine Lodge at Memorial Oval.
Murchison v Tatura at Murchison Recreation Reserve.
D-grade: Toolamba v Euroa at Toolamba.
Mooroopna v Kyabram at Mooroopna Main Oval.
E-grade: Katandra v Central Park-St Brendan’s at Deakin Reserve.
Kyabram v Mooroopna at Tatura Park.