Kellepotha’s record-breaking season By Nick Creely Source:-dandenong Record-breaking Alan Wookey Medal winner Ruwantha Kellepotha arrived at Berwick in 2019/20 with a quest for premierships and to play in a really strong team. The 29-year-old ex-Sri Lankan first class all-rounder was already one of the DDCA’s biggest stars prior to making the move across from St Mary’s, but his game has gone to another level at Arch Brown Reserve. A memorable premiership in his first season, combined with brilliant individual results suggest it’s been the right move. He’s added a different dynamic to a Berwick side that already has a glittering of stars. It’s safe to say he’s turning heads with his excellent leg spin – which has bamboozled batsmen – and game-breaking batting through the middle-order, often coming in with his side in trouble and steering them home. On Sunday 7 March, Kellepotha snared the prestigious Alan Wookey Medal as ...

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Powerful performance from Bucks- By Nick Creely Benny Howell starred for Buckley Ridges on Saturday. Source:Dandenong When Buckley Ridges champ Daniel ‘DJ’ Watson is on song, there is really no way of stopping him. The master blaster has sent his fair share of balls onto Pultney Street and into the creek throughout his time at the club, and on Saturday the association great flayed them everywhere in a powerful performance that saw his side surge into the top-four with a round left to play. It was not only the power of his hitting, but the opposition he was up against that was the most impressive aspect of the performance – it came against the all-conquering Berwick outfit with plenty on the line. ...

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Berwick star snares Wookey-By Nick Creely Ruwantha Kellepotha snared the Wookey Medal on Sunday Source:Dandenong Whether with the bat through the middle order or spinning a web through the opposition, Berwick star Ruwantha Kellepotha has lit up the Dandenong District Cricket Association in 2020/21. And now he’s an Alan Wookey Medal winner for champion Turf 1 player of the season. The Berwick premiership all-rounder entered Sunday’s vote count as comfortable favourite to snare the association’s top individual award and was never threatened, becoming the first player at the club since Brad Francis in 2009/10 to snare the award. Kellepotha finished the day on a whopping 45 votes, with Hallam Kalora Park star Leigh Booth (28), Narre South seamer Josh Dowling (22), and spinners Jarryd Straker (20) and Sachith Jayasingha (19) rounding out the top five. ...

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Bloods impress once again-By Nick Creely Chandima Abeykoon on the attack for HSD. Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS 222646Source:Dandenong   Springvale South has sent a statement to the rest of the competition with a dominant victory against Narre South in the second round of the Dandenong District Cricket Association’s Turf 1 competition on Saturday. Against a fellow flag fancy, the Bloods were simply far too good – clinical with the ball and bat from the outset. The Lions won the toss, electing to bat as it looked to put behind the disappointment of the side’s opening round defeat to Berwick. But once again, the Lions struggled with a steady flow of wickets falling throughout, with left-arm tweakers Akshat Buch (4/21) and Jarryd Straker (3/26) combining for seven wickets as the visitors tumbled out for just 108. ...

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Bears off to perfect start-By Nick Creely Brodie Emmett on the drive during his half-century.  Source:Dandenong The reigning Dandenong District champions have had to wait, in what has felt like an eternity to get back on the field, but the Bears showed no signs it will slow down this season, and in fact fired a warning shot to its rivals after an impressive opening round victory against a quality Narre South side. Both sides played finals last season, and both looked primed and ready to go for an early-season blockbuster. But Matthew Chasemore’s well-drilled group were on song from the outset after the Lions won the toss and elected to bat at Strathaird Reserve on Saturday. ...

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 Dandenong District Cricket Club – DDCA’s comings and goings Source:Dandenong It’s set to be a season like no other in the Dandenong District Cricket Association’s highly-regarded Turf 1 competition, and finally the on-field action begins on the weekend in a welcome relief to the cricket-loving community. DDCA reporter NICK CREELY takes a look at how the Turf 1 clubs are shaping up ahead of the 2020/21 season… BERWICK Nickname: Bears President: Andrew Moore Coach: Brad James Captain: Matthew Chasemore Last Season: Premiers Most Runs: Matthew Chasemore (635 runs at 57.73); Lachlan Brown (281 runs at 23.42) Most Wickets: James Wilcock (35 wickets at 11.26); Ruwantha Kellepotha (27 wickets at 17) In: Nathan Pilon (returning) Out: Isaiah Jassal (Casey-South Melbourne) Home Base: Arch Brown Reserve, Berwick Turf 1 premierships: 7 Most recent premiership: 2019/20 First match: vs Narre South, 21 November, Arch Brown Reserve More: It was a golden season for Matthew Chasemore’s side in 2019/20, and despite the season coming to an unfortunate end and ...

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