TAKE a bow, Steve Spoljaric.
The enigmatic all rounder, who is among the best cricketers ever to play in the DDCA, did it all for Cranbourne’s Turf 1 side, bagging 10 wickets and cracking 95 runs in powering the Eagles to an outright victory over North Dandenong.
Backing up his 95-run four-wicket effort on day one, which left North Dandenong struggling at 5-53 at stumps, Spoljaric continued his dominance, finishing with 6-34 as the Northerners were eventually knocked over for 130.
Just as he did in the first innings, Spoljaric ripped through the top order in the second, claiming four of the first five wickets to end with figures of 4-12 and a remarkable 10-46 for the match.
Talented young spinner Cam Dinger (3-51) helped run through the tail as Cranny kept their unbeaten record in tact.
After rattling 281 in their first dig, Turf 3 was always in the driver’s seat and the runs on the board proved too much for North Dandenong.
In the sweltering conditions, Chris Jarrett’s young bowling brigade toiled away with a level of discipline that will no doubt have pleased the captain.
Harrison Coe was the star on the day, grabbing 4-27, while Josh Dinger backed up his 32 not out with 2-10.
Matt Dennerley, Ben Ingham and Josh Rich all chipped in with a wicket apiece as North Dandenong was rolled for 101 and Cranbourne maintained its undefeated run.
A middling score of 169 was not quite enough for Turf 6 who fell to Narre South.
The Lions resumed at 1/21 and two partnerships worth 63 and 67 respectively broke the back of Cranny.
Nine bowlers were used on the day, with Ben Ferrari-Mela (3-48) the pick of the bunch.
Mitch Balaam (2/34) ran in hard all day while debuting under-15 youngster Daud Ibrahim sent down 19 overs and earned himself a maiden senior wicket as Narre South closed its innings at 8-233, having passed Cranny’s total with five wickets in the shed.
A career high 71 not out from junior Taylor Hanigan drove Turf 7 to a comfortable victory over Springvale South.
Chasing a modest 119, Hanigan crunched 11 boundaries and a six in a match winning performance.
Cranny passed Springvale South’s total with six wickets in the shed, as Hanigan received support from Chris Hale (17) and Troy Kimball (15) in a victory that saw the Eagles move into the top four.