SDCA | Eastern Hill sail through as Broadford hold on in nail-biter

By Meg Saultry

Eastern Hill recorded their second straight win of the A-grade season, knocking off Seymour in day two of their clash at Kings Park on Saturday.

After limiting the Maroons to 71 on the opening day's play, the Eagles returned to the field well-settled in their chase on 1-54.

But Seymour quickly broke through, with Dan O’Sullivan dismissed five runs into the day, before the Eagle lost two more wickets to fall to 4-62.

Resiliently, the Eagles were able to rebuild their innings, scoring the winning runs before going on to make 147 from just under 64 overs.

Seamus Feery was again in good nick with the bat, making 25, while Ben Bryant, who came in at three, top scored with 35.

Close call: Eastern Hill's Seamus Feery looks back on both Seymour wicket-keeper Brett Gordon and the ball.

Seymour’s Dan McLarty was his sides’ best with the ball, picking up his first five-wicket haul this season, while Hayden Gawne and Danny Fountain raked in two of their own.

Though the first innings win was in the bag for the Eagles, the Maroons took to the crease for another swing of the bat late in the day, finishing on 4-78.

● In a late scare, Broadford came away with a one-wicket win over Kilmore on Saturday.

Chasing 169, Broadford made quick work of the chase, reaching the required runs in 45 overs, but it was their loss of wickets which threatened to be their undoing.

Evan Mills led the charge for Broadford, hitting 39 from 40 deliveries, while tail-ender Jeremy Bradshaw showed his wits with the bat, scoring 27 not out from 22 balls.

Ash Lovick was strong in attack for Kilmore, pulling in 4-46, while Shane Topham was economical with 2-25 from eight overs, including three maidens.

Teams will have a break over the Australia Day weekend, with the season resuming on Saturday, February 1. Eastern Hill will travel to face Kilmore, Tallarook will host Broadford, while Seymour returns to Chittick Park to battle it out with ladder leaders, Yea.