It was a weekend to forget for Frankston Peninsula as all four sides suffered defeat at the hands of St Kilda in a rain affected round 4. The revised conditions saw the 1sts, 2nds and 4ths all played one-day matches.
The 3rd XI still had to play under two-day conditions, despite losing an entire day due to the wet conditions, as a day one result was achieved in the Melbourne and Casey-South Melbourne match.
Batting first at Coburn Oval, the Heat had scored 6/155 from 51 overs when captain Aaron McIlroy declared, to give both side a chance at victory.
Lachlan Curtis top scored with 43, while Sam Sturt, on his return to cricket, hit 37. Rohan Simpson also chipped in with 26 not out.
The visitors handed the 3rd XI their first loss of the season as they hit the winning runs in the 20th over, for the loss of just two wickets. Zac King claimed one wicket on debut.
On the adjacent Butler Oval, the 1st XI played out a classic.
Winning the toss and batting first, the Saints finished with 5/226 from their 50 overs. Billy Humphrey, Jackson Mockett, Will Crowder and Brodie Symons all claimed one wicket each.
In reply, the Heat were led by Robbie Salerni (37) and Tom Ewing (76) at the top of the order, while skipper Dale Elmi hit a brisk 40 through the middle overs. At 7/216 the hosts required 11 runs from the final over for victory but fell an agonising five runs short as St Kilda successfully closed out the match.
At St Kilda, the day started well for the Heat’s 2nd XI when debutant Devlin Webb threw down the stumps from mid on in the opening over. However, at the conclusion of 50 overs, they were set a mammoth task as the hosts hit 4/319.
Tim Drummond (83) led the reply, however received little support as the visitors limped to 8/205, to lose by 114 runs.
The 4th XI started well as Blake Ekland and Josh Langer led the side to 0/45 after 11 overs. The Saints spinners then got on top and took regular wickets through the middle overs to restrict the Heat to 7/158 at the conclusion of 45 overs. Ekland top scored with 54.
Jack Bacon struck early, however the home side got on top of the required run rate early in the chase. Lucas McConnell (2-47) and Billy Kennedy (0-26) restricted the scoring and built pressure, however St Kilda’s pair got on top and closed out the match with 15 overs to spare.
The Heat take on Carlton in Round 5, with the 1st XI travelling to Princes Park for the two-day clash.