The Knox Gardens 1st Eleven have missed the
chance to consolidate their spot in the 4 against FTG over the weekend. Skipper
Wayne McInerney was a late withdrawal which paved the way for first gamer Dylan
Wylde. Dyl was presented with his 1st XI cap by KGCC life member
Travis Mulder who 25 years to the day made his debut in the 1ís. A special
moment indeed and upon reflection Saturday night the normally composed, even
nonchalant Dylan said he was almost in tears and was super excited to be making
his debut. A great achievement for a
young man who was unsure if he was even going to play earlier this year.
Shannon Small was promoted to skipper as
FTG won the toss and elected to bat on a very slippery outfield. Ferntree Gully
batted well early and took advantage of the conditions. Zach Flintoff took the
first wicket removing the dangerous Farrukh who made a century against us in
the corresponding game last year. FTG then consolidated and proceeded to build
a solid partnership until that was broken on 99. Runs flowed throughout the
middle section of the innings and the Gardens started to reel them back with
some tight bowling towards the end of the innings. Simon Grasser ended up with
figures of 2/43 as Ferntree Gully closed their innings on precisely 200.
Probably a touch over par but a very gettable score.
As they have done all year Shannon Small
and Jarrod Butcherís opening stand has been the cornerstone of the team success
and their partnership on Saturday will go down in history. Their 150 run stand
is the highest ever opening partnership in 1st XI history and the 5th
highest in 1ís history. Shannon was first to depart with a fine captains knock
of 63. Still needing a little less than a run a ball and not for the first time
this year the lads snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
The game was delicately poised when Jarrod
was removed shortly after making his century. An absolutely outstanding knock
and one that the Garden Army thoroughly enjoyed. Alas, it wasnít to be and some
high quality bowling by FTG saw them 1 run ahead at the end. For our lads, not
much to be said, itís the second 1 run loss for the year and the turkey may
taste a little dry this Xmas. Important to note that there is plenty of cricket
to be played this year and at 4/4 they are well and truly in the hunt.
In almost a carbon copy of the 1st
XI our 2ís failed to capitalize on an outstanding opening partnership. Bowling
first the boys struck early with Marget of the J variety claiming the first
scalp. The home side was reeling at 2/9 but some solid partnerships through the
middle overs saw FTG get to 5/188 after their 40 overs. Best bowlers Jack
Marget 1/26 (7) & Ash Hawkes 1/36 (7).
Brett Morrison and Rhys Marget opened the
batting and the fireworks began. The pair brought up the 100 run stand in the
16th over and a quick check of the odds had KGCC raging $1.09
favorites. Rhys fell short of his 50 making 47 with the score on 109. Brett
kept ploughing along but unfortunately wickets fell around him. Our middle
order failed to fire and we lost 8 for 50 . The 10th wicket fell
with 1 ball remaining and 5 required to win, once again proving you are never
home, 0/109 to 10 / 184 seemed unlikely but there are some great signs coming
from the 2ís.
Congrats to Brett Morrison on a well made
75 and he has almost certainly got the attention of selectors after peeling off
some big scores.
The 3rd XI lost the toss and
batted. After early trouble 1/5 Andrew Potts and Gerard Jongen started to pull
back some momentum on an extremely sluggish outfield. Most batsmen got starts
but failed to go on with it with only Tim Flintoff 30* and Pottsy 27 impacting
the scoreboard. Tight bowling saw the 3ís held to 116 and at tea skipper Jason
Buljubasic was confident that his bowlers could keep them in the game.
Unfortunately FTG had some pretty handy
cricketers in their line up and they were able to pull the runs in the 21st
over for the loss of only 1 wicket. I am confident wins will come early next
year with the return of some very handy cricketers and the continued
improvement of Mr Potts has been a highlight.
compiled by Greg Bakker
Heading into this game, we knew we had
to win to stay in touch with the final 4 and come into the new year at 4/4.
Knowing that our batting was possibly the strongest it had been all season,
with a handy couple of bowling inclusions in Devo and Z-train (Adrian Zandt),
we were pretty confident.
Losing the toss and being asked to bat
first on St Joseph #1, I made the point of getting all the players together and
telling those that had not played there previously that the wicket played like
a trampoline with a vertical bounce that had to be seen to be believed. Soft
hands until you were comfortable was recommended. When Z-train chipped a
defensive prod back to the bowler from the 1st ball, and survived, it was clear
the wicket was going to play a major part in this game!
A good start from Z-train but a lucky
catch saw him depart for 25 which brought young Sammy to the wicket to join
Josh. The young guns put on 59 together before Josh departed at 93 with a well
made 35. Chris came in and unleashed a few big shots before being unluckily
given out on 19 to a catch that may have bounced first. Matty T came in and
batted very well at the death to finish on 15no. Sammy also finished not out
having made his 1st 50 in senior cricket and his highest score in any grade
with a well made 52. We'll done Sammy on a mature and confident innings (proud
Finishing on 3/154, we were feeling
pretty good with a balanced bowling attack going in to field. I thought it was
worth opening with spin to take advantage of new batsmen facing a bouncing,
ripping leg spinner and some pace and swing from the other end.
Unfortunately this trampoline wicket
was unforgiving on anything even remotely short, especially with the home team
experienced in knowing they could play back foot shots with relative safety.
They rocketed to 1/82 off 11 with misfielding costing us around 15 of that
total. Disappointing doesn't quite describe it.
What happened from there was very
gratifying. Everybody lifted. The run rate was hauled in and wickets were taken
with Chris (3/22 off 6) and Z-train (3/20 off 7) doing their best to get us
back in the game. We fought back taking 6/74 off 26 before St Johns eventually
passed us 7 down with only 3 overs to spare. Playing out the remaining overs,
young Adam Wylde managed to secure his 1st senior wicket leaving St Johns
winners with 8/173.
So, after another competitive effort
that left us disappointed, we'll look to getting back on the winners list on 11
January and see what we can do from there. I was extremely proud of the boys as
we fought the game out and showed the comp that we are a team to be respected
at all times!
Thanks to all players who have
represented the 4ths so far. It's been a privilege to have been a part of it.
Have a safe and enjoyable festive season and I'll see you in 2014.
On behalf of the committee of Knox Gardens
I would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Christmas and I look
forward to reporting some big results in 2014.