Losing the toss and bowling at home the
lads struck early. With bottom placed Belgrave 2/28 one may have been forgiven
that this may have been a formality. To Belgrave’s credit they showed real
fight and their counter punch was nothing short of brutal. Daisy Adams showed
he is still a force to be reckoned with bowling 18 overs on the trot in the
first session with the handy return of 1/21. Wickets were also taken by Zach and
Wilba. At tea the game was evenly poised at 3/120 with 46 overs gone.
After tea the skipper called on Trav Mulder
and the old fox delivered removing the dangerous Sri Lankan Fernando for a very quick 49. Belgrave upped
the tempo and put the foot down. Wickets fell fairly regularly but the scoring
didn’t yield. After a shower and a chance to re-group the last overs of Day 1
were evenly spilt but Belgrave had got to 283. A formidable total but one the
players had the belief of chasing down. Congrats to Belgrave’s John Levell for
a splendid 120 and a huge congrats to our own Zach Flintoff on his first senior
5fa for the cost of 56 runs.
2 saw similarly cool conditions. A quick start was what was needed from the
openers and early the signs were promising until Shan Small got a nick to first
slip. Nav and Butch dug in and at 1/50 it was game on. Unfortunately Butch
played at a wider one and nicked to slip. Wayne needed to step up and take the
game on and when he spooned one to cover with the score on 65 the game was
certainly in Belgrave’s favour. Batting at 5 Zach got a leading edge and was
gone for 8 and very next ball Rhys played at a wide one to have us reeling at
5/91. When Nav departed 15 minutes before tea the situation was dire at 6/109.
After tea Daisy and Boof Gregory scored
freely but the total was too much. Daisy batted well for 38 but in the end our
tail really didn’t fire a shot and the lads were bundled out for 159 in the 56th
Do or die next week vs Monbulk and everyone
knows exactly what the prize is…. Good luck.
Bowling first on the fluky Belgrave oval the
boys looked to bowl 5th placed Belgrave out chase them down quickly
and secure a top 2 finish. Following a
similar trend to that of the 1’s the 2’s had Belgrave on the ropes at 2/14. An
excellent partnership of 115 turned the game on its head and when rain intervened with 10 overs remaining
the Belgrave lads were 7/242 with still 10 overs to bat.
Early day 2 the KGCC bowlers finished the
remaining 10 overs and the score ended up 9/270. Matty Young finished with 4/74
and Daine Vernon had them in all sorts with 2/59 off 24. Ash Hakes bowled with
good control with 1/52 off 21 overs.
The decision to continue batting on day 2
ultimately left the result of a draw being possible as only 80 overs can be
bowled for the day. After losing Dovey Hay early the top few failed to take
advantage with Brett Morrison 32 Jez McKinnon 22 and Matt Young 28 all getting
With the opportunity to salvage a draw,
enter the man who was built for these situations, the wall of Knox Gardens…
Sean Reid. With 34 overs remaining in the day the probability of him knocking
up a quick fire 143 was less than likely. In true Reid fashion he proceeded to
dead bat anything on the stumps and leave anything missing them, apparently
much to the ire of the opposition. He with Daine Vernon and Gerard Jongen
didn’t allow the Belgrave bowlers the chance to get the points and the team
held on for a spirited draw. Still 2nd on the ladder and a win next
week will secure top 2.
The 3’s played on the surface of the moon
otherwise known as the bottom oval. Their opponent was the Knox City 2nd
XI who from the looks certainly had some experience on their side against our
The boys won the toss and batted first.
Jase Buljubasic and Corne batted very well and put on 88 for the 1st
wicket. Corne notched up his 50 and departed soon after. The hero of the
batting innings was with out a doubt the big hitting Matt Lambrick. He despatched
the attack to all areas on his way to 89*. This enabled the guys to post a very
respectable 247. Anthony Jongen (I keep typing his name) made a solid 33 in
Knox Gardens odds came in sharply when Knox
City were 2/8 but the next 2 hours were ones this young side would rather
forget. The middle order took control and at tea they were 4 down for 200
hundred. Knox City passed our boys 4 down in the 45th over and
continued to bat the remainder of the day. Best of the bowlers was Jack Marget
One more week lads and I am sure we can
pull off a much needed and deserved win.
By Greg Bakker
anybody explain the home ground advantage in playing at Llewellyn Reserve (2nd
oval) for the first time this season?
after our disappointing 3 wicket loss to the ladder leader last round, we came
up against our round 1 opponent in Knoxfield who, despite trouncing us in that
game, were around our position on the ladder after 11 rounds. Despite the
promotion of a couple of our young batsmen to the 3s and playing on an
unfamiliar surface, we went in with a reasonable amount of confidence. We still
had a strong bowling attack so we looked forward to giving ourselves an
the toss, we chose to bat first. With 3 players not being available the
following week, the batting lineup was tweaked to ensure we did not have to bat
short. Having been 3/2 off 10 overs last time we played them, we were off
to a better start - 3/24 off 16 overs!! Still not the greatest start but
Knoxfield were bowling a disciplined line and length. As has been the case a
few times this season, a re-build was required. Enter Scotty…….hitting 4 4s and
3 6s in a hard hitting 59, Scotty got us back on track. With Crookie
contributing 10 (including a 5!), we ended the 1st stage of our
innings at 5/106 with Adam Wylde (10) and Nixon (5) still at the crease.
Not a bad position considering we had Chris still in the shed for next week!
we walked out to field, a few drops of rain started to fall from the dark
clouds that had gathered around the area. What happened next requires a
blow-by-blow description. Crookie starting off with a run-through almost
back flipped as his foot hit the crease. Tossing a bit of dirt across the
landing area, Crookie was more comfortable and went back to the top of his run
up. The 2nd ball would have taken middle stump out of the
ground had it not hit the pads…….the ensuing argument with the young umpire who
refused to tell Crookie what was wrong with it was the flame that lit the
fuse!! The 3rd ball took the gloves and was caught in slip by
Matty. The 4th ball took the outside edge with a blinder of a
catch by Scotty who juggled the ball several times before completing the catch.
The hat-trick ball was patted to gully before the 6th ball was
edged/gloved down leg to be taken by Liam. Wow, were we in the
game. Crookie had 3/0 off 1 over. Scotty grabbed a wicket soon
after and we had them 4/10 off 4 overs. As I then said to the guys, those
first 4 wickets were a bit too easy but the next 6 were going to be a hell of a
lot harder to get.
no. 6 batsman was one of Knoxfield’s quicker bowlers who we welcomed to the
crease, not for the fact that he was going to be the next wicket lost but this
was our chance to stand up for our young gun Adam Wylde. While Adam is
playing senior cricket, he is still one of the youngest (possibly the youngest)
in the team and also, possibly, the most height challenged who, while batting
near the end of our innings, was peppered with short balls by this young
guy. The faster bowlers in our team were lining up to give him some of
his own. Crookie and Scotty followed by Chris turned up the chin music
while a few fielders got up close and personal and let him know all about it.
To his credit, he said it’s what he’d expect and he didn’t flinch, swatting a
few balls from around his face. You’ve gotta love the competitive side of
the comment about the next 6 wickets being harder was proving to be prophetic
as, not only was Robbie Maibaum (Knoxfield’s no. 5 and best batsman) still at
the crease, the rain was starting to fall a little heavier and they started to
look more comfortable. Noting that the batsmen were handling the pace a
bit too easily and, with the pitch becoming slippery in the conditions, we
reverted to spin at both ends - Thihan’s leggies at one end and Nixon’s offies
at the other. While chin music didn’t work, a slower bouncing long-hop
did as the no. 6 smacked the ball straight to deepish cover to give Thihan his
first 4s wicket in his first over - 5/48 from 13 overs.
to the rain, the ball was becoming like soap and our bowling was rendered ineffective.
As a result, good balls were easily defended and all bad balls were pounced
upon and dispatched to the boundary. When we were forced to come off the ground
for a 15 minute rain delay, Knoxfield’s score had progressed to 5/105 off 21
overs. After the break, we attempted to put the brakes on as we bowled
the remaining 14 overs. While the no. 5 batsman batted very well, we had
numerous opportunities to dismiss the no. 7 batsman but his luck was definitely
in. When we suggested he buy a Tatts ticket, he actually agreed with us.
The day ended with Knoxfield on 5/170 and us with a lot of work to do…….and a
ball to dry out!!
the 2nd day 64 runs behind and with a lead around 80 considered a
safe position, we needed 140 at an average of 4 runs an over. Looking for a
solid start with wickets in hand, we could then push the rate up as we
approached the end of the 35 overs. With Adam and Nixon at the crease, a
safe and solid start was almost assured. The Knoxfield bowling, again,
was right on the spot, particularly from a bowler who has been playing Div 3
this season joining them for the 2nd week. Losing Nixon (15)
at 124, Chris joined Adam. Looking very, very scratchy (selectors, take
note!), Chris tried to push the run rate along while at the other end, Adam
just continued doing what he does so very, very well!! Adam (51) finally
departed, succumbing to another short ball from the bowler who peppered him the
previous week, after a 64 run partnership with Chris. That left us on 188,
18 runs ahead with 7 overs left. Chris (31) and Callum O’Connor (11) saw
us finally reach a score of 213, a lead of 43.
44 to win with 5 wickets in hand, we went out with the intention of knocking
over the last 5 wickets and getting our first win this year. After a
couple more dropped chances off “Tatts man”, we finally broke through to end a
145 run partnership with Robbie Maibaum contributing 88 (after a 91 last
round!). We needed 4 wickets, they needed 21 runs! Enter Mr
Stuckey, a Biologist (teacher) in his comeback season as a Bowlologist!
The new batsman lasted a couple of balls before being plumb LBW - 3 wickets
needed, 17 runs for them. The next victim poked at a ball outside off to
be well caught by Alex D-Nop at 2nd slip - 2 wickets, 11 runs. That’s where the
fairy tale ended as “Tatts man” survived a couple more times on his way to
scoring the winning runs in another heartbreakingly close loss for our
boys. Even “Tatts man” agreed that he was extremely lucky in getting to
84no, a score so high that he would not have even achieved that in his dreams
prior to this game.
there’s a lesson to be learnt from the past couple of games, it’s that you are
never out of a game. You are only 1 wicket away from a possible batting
collapse; while you have wickets and overs in hand, you can still score runs.
Every run scored or saved in the field will count. Keep going,
keep trying, keep your head up and never give up hope.
to Michelle Flintoff and Simon for looking after us both weeks with afternoon
teas and drinks for what was an unusual 3rd home game at a remote
particularly sad result from this loss is that we have now dropped to 10th
on the ladder and, with a game against 2nd placed Rowville to finish
the season, without a win we will drop down to 11th (2nd
last). I know for a fact that we are a better team than that and our
performances have been much better than that ladder position would suggest.
Having the 5th best percentage in Div 7 of 0.9951 shows that we have
been very competitive all season with many close results. We will
continue to hold our heads high and put it right up to Rowville this week!
will also take this opportunity to implore everyone to get onto Bails this week
for the RI medal this Saturday night. We need to confirm numbers ASAP and it is
imperative that you support this event.
get in contact with Bails or myself THIS WEEK to reserve your seat.
Thanks and good luck to everyone this week,