FTGDCA: Tigers bare claws in top-of-table clash

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UPWEY Tecoma has stamped itself as the top team in the FTGDCA Norm Reeves Shield after beating second-placed Eildon Park at Eildon Park Reserve on Saturday.

The Tigers are now a game clear of the Panthers in top spot.

The Tigers began the second day at 4-73 chasing the Panthers' 139, before Chris Jewell (146) added 105 to his overnight score.

Upper Ferntree Gully remains in third, only by percentage, after easily accounting for Belgrave after its two old hands took control with the ball.

Jay Colee (4-24) and Marc Hardy (3-38) did the damage for the Kings, ensuring the Magpies' innings was snuffed out 131 runs short.

Ferntree Gully and Johnson Park are in a battle for the fourth spot with the Blues dropping the ball going down to Knox Gardens.

Chasing the Falcons' 155, Ferntree Gully fell five runs short despite Jayden Bradbury's efforts with 53.

Adam Wild bagged three wickets in helping the Falcons take the points. The loss sees the Blues drop to fifth, six points behind Johnson Park, which defeated The Basin.

Adam Dobb continued his form taking six wickets as the Sharks ensured The Basin remained at the bottom of the table.

Footballers had a 60-run win over Knoxfield at Carrington Park.

The Knights were well-served by Luke Scanlan and Luke Flynn.

■ The Basin won the inaugural Saxon Sports Twenty20 competition last week, beating Eildon Park.

With the final divided into four innings, The Basin Bears batted first for 4-49 from their first 10 overs before the changeover.

In reply, Eildon Park reached 2-59 from their overs, being 10 runs in front and two more wickets intact.

The Basin performed better in their final 10 overs, being dismissed for 116 on the last ball.

With 117 to win, Eildon Park looked to have the matter in hand until a little panic set in with wickets falling regularly. The Bears turned to blond, right arm medium pacer Matthew Heskes to bowl at the death and after 20 overs both teams were deadlocked on 116 runs apiece.

Under the rules both teams bowled one 'super over' to decide the title and The Basin batted first, scoring 4-6 off Mick Sinclair's excellent over.

Requiring seven runs to win, The Bears threw the ball to Heskes once more and he delivered, with only five runs scored from the final over, giving The Basin its first title of any form of the game in the top division.

NORM REEVES SHIELD LADDER: Upwey-Tecoma 54 points, 1.91 per cent; Eildon Park 48, 1.42; Upper Ferntree Gully 48, 1.20; Johnson Park 42, 1.05; Ferntree Gully 36, 1.10; Ferntree Gully Footballers 30, 0.91; Knox Gardens 24, 0.78; Knoxfield 18, 0.77; Belgrave 18, 0.70; The Basin 12, 0.70.

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