MPCA: Yabbies limp to dismal finish at Red Hill

TYABB'S disastrous month is finally over after it succumbed to Red Hill in their MPCA Sub District Shield match at Red Hill Reserve on Saturday.

After holding top place on the ladder less than three weeks ago, Tyabb officially missed the finals, with its season finishing.

Red Hill coach Simon Dart was thrilled with his team's performance after a topsy-turvy few weeks for the young oufit.

"It was a must-win game, it was really like a final," Dart said. "We knew if we lost — that was it for us."

Red Hill won the toss and batted first with the brilliant Dart contributing 84 not out in their total of 5-216.

The Tyabb attack battled hard but found Red Hill's top order hard to penetrate with Riley Shaw (37) and Oliver McKillop (36) putting on strong showings. "We had some top performances from some of our younger guys," Dart said.

Tyabb got off to a less than ideal start losing opener Ben Van Wees (4) cheaply, before they steadied through captain Luke Rus (50).

The Yabbies fell short at the end of the day, finishing on 181, the final wicket falling midway through the 38th over, Dart taking the final scalp.

In other Sub District shield matches, French Island drew with Skye. Balnarring defeated Pearcedale to tie up top spot on the ladder.

Carrum Downs tied with Rosebud, Carrum Downs bowler Chamara Perera taking 4-20. Tootgarook recorded a comfortable nine-wicket win over Dromana.

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