Round 10 Match Reports
Posted by Ben McLean on Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 at 9:40am

1st XI

The boys headed to Shark Park in a re-match of their nail biting Rd 1 loss. Losing the toss Johnson Park had no hesitation in going into bat. Early wickets as always were key to success and Zach Flintoff claimed as early scalp with the score on 18. From there some good batting saw several partnerships formed and at tea the ledger was fairly even at 3/80 odd. The reigning premiers then showed why they are a quality side and quickly had the scoreboard ticking over. The 4th wicket stand yielded 102 runs before the breakthrough was made. Another partnership then saw JP hit 4/250 and 300 + was on the cards, fortuitously our bowlers were able to claim some wickets and roll the tail quite cheaply. In the end we managed to bowl them out for 273 in 74 overs. The best of the bowlers were Trav Mulder 4/37 (15) Adam Wild 3/55 (16) and Shan Small 2/60 (22).

The opening partnerships has been a highlight for the club this season however Shan and Butchyís run has been halted for the time being. Butch sustained a shoulder injury while fielding and was ruled out for this match. The good news is Butch is ready to go this week. Shan and Rhys got us off to a great start with Rhys playing a typically aggressive innings before he was removed in the 10th over for 25. Unfortunately that was a common trend with our top 3 all getting starts. Shannon was clean bowled the ball after tea off a no ball but departed 2 balls later after some handy glovework saw a leg side stumping which was then followed by one the greatest celebrations I have ever seen by a keeper. Brett Morrison was adjudged LBW on 26, Wayne McInerney was then ruled in front for 10 as was his brother in the same mode of dismissal and then Dylan Wild was declared to be leg before wicket to see the side drop to 7/99. Fortunately Josh Gregory and Zach Flintoff steadied the ship until Zach fell LBW for 14, Trav fell soon after for 2 and Wilba was the last man out with the score on 177 in the 54th over. The highlight of the batting performance was Josh Gregoryís unbeaten 46. It seems Santa brought some much needed runs to the young fella.

Some big challenges await in the final 3 rounds. We have the luxury of being at home for these games and a couple of wins should see us in finals action for the first time ever in the top grade. Good luck.

2nd XI

The 2ís looked to cement their place in the 4 against JP who were occupying 9th position on the ladder. Winning the toss and bowling looked like a stroke of genius by Jezza Mac as the visitors were reeling at  5/54. At tea some great bowling and fielding saw the Sharks reduced to 7/80 odd. To their credit JP came out and showed some really good fight and in the end were able to post a credible 167 from 67 overs. Best of the bowlers were Sean Reid 3/24 Ash Thompson 3/25 Daisy Adams continues to impress with 2/26 off 16 Hawksey and Daine were able to chip in for a wicket each also.

KGCC had 10 overs to face late on day 1 and with Ben McLean breaking his collarbone in the field the boys were effectively 1/0. Dovey Hay And Corne Mostert put their hands up to open the innings and the tail was up for JP when they removed Corne for 0 and it was effectively 2/1. Dovey and Reidy saw out the remaining overs and at the end of the days play the score was on 40. Dovey (28) was out early on day 2 to some quality glovesmanship and that brought Jez McKinnon to the crease. Jez and Reidy continued the aggressive style of play with Reidy out for a well earned 27. The game was clearly in our favour and when big Thommo strolled out he was looking for a quick kill. And quick it was. Thommo blasted 10 fours and 2 maxiís in a whirwind innings of a better than a run a ball 62. All the while Jez was as steady as a rock and continued to accumulate. With the score well and truly passed Matt Young and Gerard Jongen both notched up 40ís and continued to bat with Jez. In the end Jez was the last wicket to fall for a well made 89 that included 12 boundaries. Back to back scores for the club coach and he has made the selectors ears prick up.

It may also be pertinent at this stage to congratulate Jez on his job as coach over the last 5 years. For those who donít know Jeremy has announced that he will stepping down as Senior coach at the end of the season.  He has seen the club go through some major changes and his love for the club and his passion to make us successful is something that will continue to be felt for a long time. Well done mate.

3rd XI

Travelling to the postage stamp at JP 2 the par score would have been 250. With some quality bats this looked achievable. The top 3 did the early damage with Andrew Potts 38 and Jase Buljubasic 37 gettign us off to a great start. This brought Matt Lambrick to the crease and he teed off. 4 sixers and 10 4ís saw him help himself to a quality 83. Anthony Jongen was also instrumental before being run out for 44. The total in the end reached 292 off 62 overs.

The game seemed in KGCCís control at 7/158 but some big hitting saw a scare through the camp and with 1 bloke going nuts it appeared we may have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Fortunately we bowled them out for 258 and the points were secured. Well done lads. Im sorry I donít have bowling figures to share.


4th XI

By Greg Bakker

Round 10 was going to be a tough game against Lysterfield who were fighting to stay in touch with the top 4.  Having looked through MyCricket, they seemed to have a very good blend of youth and experience who were all making a contribution this season.  Our team took on a different look to the last round as we welcomed back the juniors from the rep carnivals as well as a couple of other handy inclusions in Greg "Crookie Monster" Crook and Nathan "Monty" Montague.


The Lysterfield openers put up some solid resistance with a 119 opening stand before Matty T ran out the junior opener and Adam Wylde completed a neat stumping from Nixon's bowling to remove the senior opener, both in the same over! Having closed out the opening 35 overs at 2/143, we went into bat knowing that 3 of our top order were not going to be playing the following week.  Monty, in an unfamiliar role, opened the innings before feathering a catch behind for a well made 26.  Chris continued his good form with 21 and Josh Curnow finished on 35 not out but had to be retired.  Matty T provided great support at the other end with 18no and our score at 3/124 (effectively 4/124) kept us in touch with Lysterfield.


With the match evenly poised, we were every chance of making a game of it in week 2, especially when Adam took a wicket in the 1st over of the day.  Unfortunately, that was going to be the only bit of joy for quite a while as the Lysterfield stroke makers took advantage of the relatively easy conditions to amass a final score of 322 all out.  Our bowling and fielding effort, while not spectacular, was quite solid and the score did not do it justice. We fought back from 3/257 to take 7/65. Liam Carlin made a welcome return as a substitute keeper with 3 catches and a hand in a stumping. Scotty also was a monster in the field with a catch, run out and numerous bruises from tumbles and body behind the ball efforts. Two wickets apiece were taken by Scotty, Nixon, Adam, Crookie Monster with a couple of run outs rounding out the innings.


Needing 199 from 35 overs with 6 wickets in hand was going to be a difficult task so we shuffled the order a bit with quick scoring seniors lining up to join Matty with the plan to push it along at a steady rate and then see what we could do.  Despite most batsmen getting starts, we continued to lose wickets regularly before we were finally dismissed for 219, 103 short and unfortunately leaving 12 overs on the table.  Alex D-Nop (20) batted well in a 27 run partnership with Matty who was finally dismissed for a well made 33 runs, his highest score in any level of cricket, having batted through 5 partnerships and a total of 121 runs.  Having settled into no 5 in the order, Matty's batting has benefitted from spending time in the middle and getting the confidence to play some shots to complement his strong defensive game.


While the 103 run defeat was our worst result for the season, it didn't feel like we played that badly.  Lysterfield were a very strong team with plenty of stroke makers with their young no 3 Josh Bundy (68 runs) making a reasonable ball look bad as he drove at everything with impressive timing and power for a young kid.  They also had a good balance to their bowling attack which was backed up by a fine fielding effort.  From our perspective, there were plenty of positives with Matty T and Josh making runs; Adam Wylde taking wickets and showing some fine form behind the stumps; Liam Carlin returning and showing some good form; Crookie Monster taking a break from the snapper fishing to blow out some cobwebs, and; Scotty David starting to find his mojo with the ball and absolutely killing it in the field.




Simon Wilkinson.

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