Former Cricket Shepparton export hits special Super Slam century

By Aydin Payne

Former Karramomus and Old Students batsman James Billington was the star of the show in Prahran's recent win in the Victorian Super Slam competition.

Billington crunched a mesmerising 112 off 58 deliveries in the Prahran True Blues’ 143-run rout of Kingston-Hawthorn.

Billington, who has scored 544 runs across all formats this season, came in at number four and smashed five sixes and 10 boundaries in the whirlwind knock.

The round four century is Billington's sixth ton on the Victorian Premier Cricket scene and his first in the Super Slam competition.

Mooroopna recruit Shoaib Shaikh made an appearance for Kingston-Hawthorn and grabbed 1-19 to go with his five runs.

Prahran's win takes it to second on the ladder in the Stars Conference of the Twenty20 competition, while multiple other Cricket Shepparton exports starred in the Renegades Conference.

Former Central Park-St Brendan's gun Tyler Larkin scored a blistering half-century in Geelong's loss to Footscray.

Larkin's 51, along with Karramomus export Josh McDonald's 33, was not enough to get their side across the line against two other GV products.

Hamish Winter-Irving (Central Park-St Brendan's) picked up 3-23 from his four overs and helped Footscray dislodge Geelong for 178.

And in the winning chase Winter-Irving chipped in with an unbeaten 24, while Katandra's Daniel Sartori made two.

● In Victorian Premier Cricket round eight action, Sartori bounced back with an important 46 in Footscray's opening day against Essendon.

Sartori whacked nine boundaries in the Bulldogs’ 9-248.

Elsewhere, former Tatura and Central Park-St Brendan's export Connor Hayes registered 29 off 81 deliveries in the Greenvale Kangaroos’ 195 against Monash.

At Geelong Cricket Ground, Larkin managed 15 as his teammate Brody Couch scored 73 not out in the Cats’ 273.

And Billington was unable to replicate his Super Slam performance, with the Prahran opener making 18 in his side's 125 against Melbourne.

At second grade level, Karramomus product Andrew Poppa scored a brilliant 74 not out in Carlton's first innings win against Ringwood.

Carlton was able to post a large total of 4-221 in reply to Ringwood's lowly 84.

Lastly, Larkin's brother Josh is unbeaten on 12 at the start of Geelong's chase against Northcote.