Knox Gardens Falcons have surged into the
top 4 after a win against Footballers at Pickets reserve on Saturday. Copy and
paste from the last 6 rounds - Small and Butcher got us off to a great start
when Butcher fell in the 16th over for as well made 26. Nav Singh
came in and he and Shan put on 30 when Nav was out for 13.
From there wickets fell consistently as the
middle order failed to fire, Shan was out unluckily out on what was to be the
final ball before tea on 39. Zach Flintoff and Scott McInerney pushed it around
for a while after tea before Zach was run out with the score on 127. Wickets
continued to fall and eventually Knox Gardens were all out for 172 Ė probably
30-50 short of where they were hoping to be at 1-80 but a good competitive
score nonetheless. Scott McInerney made a welcome return to the 1st
XI with a well organised 34.
Given the opportunity to have 6 overs at
Footballers, a wicket before stumps was what was required and Zack Flintoff
didnít let his captain down with his first ball of the afternoon. At the close
of play the match was in the balance at 1/26.
Footballers looked to attack on day 2 and
this resulted and they had the scoreboard ticking over early. Simon Grasser got
the breakthrough but it was Shan Small
who claimed 2 wickets in an over including the highly rated Bogar that swung
the momentum in the Falcons favour.
Enter the Adam Wild show Ė the future hall
of famer proceeded to take the game on and had Footballers reeling at 7-70.
From there their bottom order batted well but much to our bowlers credit we
were able to hold on for a 25 run win with Wild taking 5/41 off 19 overs. A
place in the top 4 was the prize and an opportunity to cement it with a huge
game this week against Ferntree Gully at home for the first time in 2 months.
Runs were the order of the day for the
magoos at home hosting Footballers. Ben McLean opened the way with Rhys Marget
and they knocked up 67 before Rhys fell for 30. Benny knocked up his 50 and was
out soon after with the score on 121. Jez Mac and Corne Mostert put on a 70 run
stand before Jez departed for 26. Corne continued his good form making 57
before being run out. Our 3rds skipper may be in a little longer than initially
intended with a well made 36 and Dylan Wilde continues his good form with 49.
Holding the innings together at the end was 2ís debutant Jack Marget who batted
beyond his years to make 27* - 3 runs short of his father. By the end of 80
overs we had amassed a very handy 9/326 (80) on what was an extremely quick
Knox Gardens Reserve.
The new ball was thrown to Daisy Adams coming
off a 6fa the week before, it didnít exactly go to script with 2 dropped
catches in the first over. He was able to have his revenge soon after and by
tea had 4 wickets next to his name as KGCC seemingly had the game under
control. Some big hitting on a lightning outfield saw Footballers get to 284.
Best bowling was Dan Adams 4/65 (23) and the moment of the day came via a
father son moment with Rhys taking a speccy at gully to give Jack his first 2ís
wicket. An excellent win for our second XI.
In what was a tough day on day 1 the 3rd
XI found themselves chasing some serious leather. Footballers were able to
knock up 8/435 which included a century and an 80 odd. Wickets were shared with skipper Andrew
Potts, Gerard Jongen and Tehan taking 3 a piece.
Pottsy ordered his men to bat out the day
and he led by example carrying his bat for 75 overs to score 120* and have his
side 5/287 at the end of their 75. A great effort on its own and he was well
supported by the Jongen boys with Gerard 33 and Anthony 38
Heading into only the 2nd 2 day game
of the season, we were feeling pretty confident, despite having virtually a new
side with only 5 returning from the last round. Coming into the 4ths we
had young u15s player Brent Bredin for his 1st game of seniors plus
a number of senior players only available for part of the game in Alex
Danopolous, Varun and Hawkesy. Jeff Greenway was also a last minute
inclusion with Haydos as the sub-fielder to help us field a full strength team
on day 1.
Having won the toss and asking Eildon Park to bat first (to their great
surprise and delight), we managed to drag them back from 0/40 to 4/51 and then
continued to make steady inroads having them 6/90. Unfortunately a bit of
loose bowling towards the end of the 35 overs got them to 6/130 at the half way
point. A great fielding performance with plenty of energy and chatter
throughout with wickets shared amongst 4 of the 8 bowlers, including Brent
taking his 1st senior wicket as well as a neat catch. Another
excellent display of catching by Russell in slip and some great chase downs and
throws by Adam and Brent in particular were certainly highlights of the 1st
Knowing that we had more strength in our middle
order this game and a few hefty hitters in Varun, Alex and Hawksey coming the
following week, we were looking for a solid start, happy to keep wickets in
hand in lieu of run rate. Chris Stuckey and Adam Wylde actually gave us
both, getting us to a very secure 1/96 at the end of 35 with Chris on 65 and
Adam a patient 11. This was certainly a solid platform for the 2nd
Starting the 2nd day, there were
several goals. Get them out cheaply, get Chris to a ton, gain 1st
innings points and, hopefully, be in a position to push for an outright knowing
we had 70 overs in the day.
Goal 1 - get them all out quickly & cheaply:
Open the bowling with Hawkesy and Varun, get the last 4 Eildon Park batsmen out
quickly and donít concede too many runs. That was the plan and Varun got
us off to the perfect start claiming the 7th wicket with the 1st
ball of the day to a nicely judged catch by Adam (yes, that name again!).
Hawkesy knocked back middle peg in his 1st over, Varun claimed
another and then Jeff chipped in with the last wicket off his 1st
ball. All out 159 after 9.1 overs of the day. That left 57 overs
for the day. Tick!
Goal 2 - get Chris to the ton. Didnít have
to worry. Did it easy. Whittled it down with 1s and 2s with Adam at
the other end providing great support. After a 137 run partnership with
Adam, Chris put the ball over cover for 2 runs to bring up a much deserved ton,
his 1st ever. Well done Chris on a magnificent effort, not
just with this innings but reaching 235 runs so far this season!! Another
goal achieved - tick!
Goal 3 - 1st innings points: Chris
departing with the score on 148 left us needing 12 runs with 8 wickets in
hand. Unfortunately Jeff ran himself out attempting a 2nd run
so it was left to young Adam and Nixon to steer us home. Mission
accomplished after 60 overs, leaving 32 overs to push for a bit of a lead and
put Eildon Park in again. Tick no. 3!
Goal 4 - push for an outright: With young
Adam on 34 at tea, 24 overs left, a lead of only 14 and no access to the new
ball cupboard, our goals changed from an outright to an individual
milestone. Get Adam to his 1st 50 milestone. Despite
angst from the opposition captain having to stay out in the field, we all sat
back and watched Adam patiently make his way to a well deserved 53 not
out. Having been in the middle for 78 of the 85 overs faced, Adam
displayed a temperament and maturity that, once his body fills out and his
strength develops, will see him score many, many runs in senior cricket.
A great innings Adam, well played. Adam was well supported by Nixon (21)
and Brent (20no) who both looked very comfortable at this level. The
future of the club is looking very, very bright with these young guns on their
way in the system.
So, a comfortable win with the KGCC 4ths scoring
3/228 vs Eildon Park 159. 7 of the 10 bowlers took wickets, the fielding
was great, the energy in the field was excellent. It was a very enjoyable
So after 7 rounds, we stand 3/4 and in 7th position on the ladder
with a healthy percentage. We have a couple of tough games coming up with quite
a few player changes expected so, who knows, if a few things go our way, we may
be in a position to challenge for the 4 early in the new year.