MPCA: Heatherhill shuts down Bulldogs

HEATHERHILL has finished off its season with a wet sail, upsetting Mornington by three wickets in an MPCA Provincial Shield match at Bruce Park on Saturday.

Mornington is Heatherhill's second major scalp. The young outfit also upset premiership favourite Sorrento last round.

The Bulldogs approached the one-day match with plenty of caution. Heatherhill went on the rampage as they looked to close out their season with a bang.

Heatherhill captain Matt Meagher led the way with an unbeaten 66, forming a partnership with middle order batsman Steven O'Donnell, who was making his first appearance in the first XI. The home team finished its innings at 8-203.

Mornington started its innings strongly with opener Matt Foon making 41 before being caught off a Brett Maxwell delivery.

After losing the wickets of Foon and Ben Clements (21) the Bulldogs found themselves losing their grip on the match.

Tail-ender Luke Harper gave Mornington a late spark, making 30 not out, but it was not enough to recover the game. Mornington was dismissed for 153.

At Baxter Park on Saturday, Baxter stole the top spot from a stumbling Sorrento, which has now lost three matches in a row.

Sorrento set a modest tally in it first innings of 146, captain Anthony Blackwell top scoring with 44, star batsman Nick Jewell being run out for 20.

The returning Mark Uccello led the way for Baxter on the attack taking 5-32, pleasing president and brother Darren Uccello with his comeback to the first XI.

"Mark has been in the twos for the past few weeks," Uccello said. "Taking five wickets was a great achievement."

The Baxter top order struggled to make an impact with Shane McComb (2) and Daniel Warwick (12) being removed early.

Darren Irving stepped in to steady the ship and his 47 helped bring Baxter within striking distance of its target.

Sam Wolsgrove (4 not out) and Travis Sawers (14 not out) helped Baxter gain a valuable psychological advantage over Sorrento.

"To get over the line was great," Uccello said. "We thought we would finish second, so to finish on top was an awesome effort."

This is Baxter's eighth straight appearance in the finals.

In other Provincial Shield matches, Justin Grant (78) guided Mt Eliza to victory over Long Island.

The Peninsula Old Boys' hot streak has seen them secure a finals berth after a rocky start to the season. A six-wicket win over Mount Martha was enough to secure their position.

Rye enjoyed a four-wicket win over Moorooduc.

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