Simon McEvoy, Frankston Standard Leader
January 23, 2017
Frankston Peninsula has pulled off one of the best wins in its 25-year history, stunning Camberwell Magpies on Saturday.
The Heat, on the bottom, beat the ladder-leading Magpies outright in the biggest upset of the season.
It capped a memorable day for the Heat, with all four of its teams celebrating wins – meaning it was “a day of Searing Heat’’.
Acting Heat captain Luke Walker rated the boilover win at Camberwell in “the top two’’ of his long career.
“The guys, from the first week to this week, had a never-give-in attitude,’’ he said.
The Magpies resumed at 8-127 on Saturday chasing the Heat’s 148.
Matt Whittaker fell for a duck and Simon Hill added just one run to his overnight score of 70 before he was run out by Matt Gapes and the Heat banked first-innings points and a 20-run lead.
Magpie left-armer Will Walker (5-42) then ran through the Heat’s batting line up, the visitors all out for 130 setting Camberwell 151 runs, in 41 overs, for a reverse outright. The Magpies crashed from 3-40 to 9-74 courtesy of Ben Ashkenazi (4-33) and Jake Wood (5-30).
Whittaker (7 off 42 balls) and debutant Chris Bridle (0* off 21) stuck around but Ashkenazi (below) delivered the Heat maximum points when he bowled Whittaker with an over to go to.
The dramatic upset lifted the Heat off the bottom of the table.
Walker poured praise on Wood, who snared the first five-for in his career.
“Jake Wood bowled up hill and into the wind and he bowled 17 overs in a row,’’ he said.
“For him to pick up his first five wicket haul at Premier level was certainly well deserved. He toiled hard for us on day one and on day two and without him it wouldn’t have happened.’’
Walker said the win was one to remember.
“Given we were on the bottom of the ladder, after being beaten convincingly the game before, to come out against the top team and beat them outright at home, it doesn’t get much better than that. So it’s certainly in my top couple (of wins) I’d say,’’ he said.
Frankston Peninsula host Geelong, which will have Aaron Finch, at AH Butler Oval on Saturday.
The Heat’s seconds remain on top of the ladder.