Round 7 Match Report
Posted by Ben McLean on Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 at 1:44pm

1st XI

At home to local rival Knoxfield Murph won the toss and elected to send the visitors in. The decision paid immediate results with Adam Wild removing the opener with the first ball of the day with a sharp catch by RI Marget in slip.  Trent Schofield played a typically aggressive knock until Scott McInerney removed him with the score on 26. Wilba then claimed his second scalp and the score was 3/28. Knoxfield steadied with an excellent partnership  that was eventually broken by Shannon Small with the score on 78. Luke Scanlon batted extremely well with the middle order but was running out of partners before finally chancing his arm too many times and was caught for a polished 78. The tail didnít wag for the Knights and they were all out for 140 with best bowling figures from Adam Wild 4/42 (20) Shannon Small 3/20 (19) and Trav Mulder 2/19 (11). Shannon and Butch negotiated the final 5 overs of the day to be none down for 5.

Day 2 got off to a cautious start with Butch and Shan negotiating some good bowling until Shannon fell to a sharp chance with the score on 12, Butch fell next quickly followed by Nav and when Josh Gregory fell for 0 Knoxfield were rolling at 4/20. Rhys Marget came out and played only like he knows how, punishing anything lose and lifting the run rate with Murph who was determined to anchor the innings. Rhys fell with the score on 68 and the game still in the balance. Mitch batted well against his old club but fell with the score on 91, still 50 shy of the total. Scotty Mac and Murph negotiated a tricky 10 minutes prior to tea that was interesting to watch to say the least.

With all sides returning during the tea interval the boys had the opportunity to do the job in front of a large audience. Scott relished this and took the game by the scruff of the neck scoring freely, Murph remained stoic in defence and unfortunately fell 5 short of the total for a tremendously patient 35 that was the difference at the end of the day. Scott and Trav guided the team home with Scott finishing unbeaten on 39. The win secures 4th position on the ladder and a shot at 3rd this week against Johnson Park.


2nd XI

With top position up for grabs the Gardens, led again by undefeated Matt Young, travelled to Knoxfield. Losing the toss and bowling Zach got the first breakthrough with the score on 21. Zach, bowling in tandem with Adam Metherall tore through the middle order to have the top side reeling at 6/51. A middle order resurgence saw the Knights get to a defendable 163. Best of the bowlers for KGCC Ė Adam Metherall 4/59 off 27 overs! And Zach who is bashing the 1ís door down with 4/41 off 19. Overnight the score read 1/5 with Ben McLean back in the sheds.

Day 2 was the Morro show. Knoxfield threw everything at him including 9 bowlers but he was determined to post a big one and 3 figures looked done and dusted before he got the wobbles on 98. Well batted to the old boy who is still leading by example and is pivotal to the success of the 2ís this year. In the end the score was passed 3 down and stumps were drawn upon Morroís exit. The victory sees the lads 7-0 and a game clear on top.


3rd XI

Boasting a strong percentage the 3rd XI travelled to Dobson Park to tackle Ferntree Gully . Batting first and brimming with confidence the boys were always going to be in for a tough day with some good quality players in the opposing side. Losing early wickets didnít help the cause and at 3/34 things looked shaky. Josh Curnow & Nathan Montague tried to restore some faith before Monty fell with the score on 60, this brought Dylan Wylde to the crease who batted confidently with the tail. Josh fell for a well made 21 and unfortunately the tail failed to fire. Dylan fell on the 8th wicket for a well compiled 44. The total score of 136 never looked enough.

Having 2 wickets already in the bag at the end of Day 1 meant there was still a glimmer of hope for the young side. Early wickets were important and they were rewarding with the prize scalp early on day 2. A solid partnership was formed and was not broken until they had reached 102. A few more quick wickets to Nixon Adcock saw a flutter run through the FTG camp but it was never enough to defend with them being passed 7 down. Best bowling Nixon Adcock 4/38 Monty 2/41 Cliffy Fisher 2/49.

The 3ís still sit on top of the ladder but their percentage may have taken a hit.

** The 4th XI took the points due to a forfeit this week Ė no match report.


Simon Wilkinson
Keeping a lid on it

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