Frankston Standard Leader
By Simon McEvoy
23 October 2017
LIAM Tonkin backed up last week’s century with another hard-hitting display, cracking 74 off 78 balls, to lead Frankston Peninsula to a second straight win on Saturday.
Tonkin and Derbyshire batsman Tom Wood (67, on debut) shared 115-run second wicket partnership as the Heat posted 215 against Northcote at Butler Oval.
It proved too many for Northcote, which in reply slumped to 7-75 before being all out for 156 in 43 overs.
Frankston Peninsula speedster Nick Boland removed both openers on his way to 4-39 off 10 overs, while Brodie Symons (2-21), Ben Ashkenazi (1-3 off 6 overs) and Jack Benbow (2-32 off 10) chimed in as the Heat secured a bonus point.
Tonkin has started the season with scores of 56, 101 and 74 as well as impressing behind the stumps as wicketkeeper. His 74 on Saturday included 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Wood arrived from England last week and slotted seamlessly into the opening spot, batting with patience and class.
In the seconds, youngsters Ryan Hammel (37 off 43 balls) and Sam Sturt (36 off 30 balls) both in their second match at this level, smacked a middle order partnership of 67 quicker than a run a ball to restore the advantage in the run chase in a rain shortened match on Sunday. However their dismissal returned the momentum to the away side, who utilized excellent death bowling to snatch a tight 9 run win over the Heat.
In the thirds, Heat young gun Matt Foy made 59 in the under par total of 10/151. Northcote were untroubled in the run chase with seven wickets and three overs in hand.
In the fourths, Morne O’Donoghue continued his good form with a rapid 93 not out (11 fours and 4 sixes). This innings secured a bonus point with the total achieved with 19 overs to spare, following the earlier excellent spell from Perminder Singh who took 5/15 from his maximum 9 overs.
Frankston Peninsula will look to make it three wins in a row when it hosts Carlton in another one-day game at Butler Oval on Saturday.