Round 7 saw the first XI take on Ferntree Gully
away in a one-day game. Coming off some good form in the red ball format we
were hoping to transfer that across to the white ball format which in the past
we have probably struggled at a bit.
Winning the toss, we elected to bat and with a new look
batting lineup Josh Gregory and Niraj De-Silva opened up for us. We knew if we
could limit the damage that Ferntree Gully paceman Bryce Galvin that we could
look to score of the rest of the bowling line up and set a decent total to
defend. Niraj and Josh put on a 37 run opening partnership which set us up
beautifully. Niraj made a classy 38 runs and looked comfortable up the top of
the order. At 2/59 Scott McInerney and Jarrod Butcher had a 32 run partnership
followed by a 56 run partnership between Mitch Gregory and Jarrod Butcher
helped the side to 6/178 with Mitch making 27 and Butch making 48. We knew that
was certainly a score that we could defend but we would have to bowl well to
ensure we took the points.
We couldnít have started any better having FTG reeling at
2/1 in the 3rd over. A classy partnership from Ferntree Gully gun bat Jayden
Bradbury and Jake Evans of 80 meant we still had a lot of work to do with the
ball to swing the game back in our favour. Once we got the breakthrough of
Evans the wickets tumbled and we ended up bowling Ferntree Gully out for 167.
Scotty McInerney turned the game with the ball in the middle overs bowling 8
straight overs 1/23. Wilba again bowled brilliantly taking 3/31 off his 8, Nav
Singh bowled 8 overs 0/26 and Zach Flintoff was the destroyer at the end with
figures of 7.3 overs 3/39.
This was one of the better wins the 1st XI has had in
recent times and places us extremely well going into the break. We sit 5th on
percentage with 4 wins and 2 losses. We play all of the sides around us after
the Xmas so if we can keep up our good form the sky is the limit with our young
I hope everyone has a wonderful Xmas and New Year. The
whole club is in great shape at the halfway mark and is pumping with good
vibes. Canít wait to get back into in the New Year. Enjoy the break.
2nd XI vs Ferntree Gully @ Knox Gardens Reserve
Sitting just inside the top 4 and playing 3rd spot on the ladder we were keen to end the year on a real positive note and cement ourselves in the 4 before the break. As has been the norm this season there were a few changes to the team with Morrison senior coming up after his solid fifty in the 3's and the ever reliable and occasionally flamboyant Sean Reid joining us once again after getting the 1st's season back on track and Devo got a reprieve.
After winning the toss i had no hesitation in bowling first after some great form with the ball in recent weeks and the chance to set a very achievable target. After Hawksey begged me to grab the new rock I remembered that I hadn't grabbed the ball from the storeroom yet so when I finally found a ball I put it straight in the hands of Jack Deveson who had come off an incredible 11 wicket game in the 3's..... and also Hawksey. After a fairly tame start we then started to get rewarded for some good bowling especially the old fox Trav Mulder who took time away from signing autographs for the opposition players to have 2/0 off his first 4 overs and have them 3/35 and in control of the game. Carlton O'Connor to his surprise bowled more than a one over spell and took a wicket after a thundering short ball ballooned off the gloves to the keeper. At drinks they were 4/50 and it was looking good for us and we held firm throughout the innings with all bowlers doing the job, even the self confessed cricket tragic Josh Curnow who bowled with real venom! We didn't end up bowling them out but 8/117 off 40 overs on our deck is well below par so we were very confident.
Rhys and Morro opened up in our run chase and after having to put up with their sons at the other end last match the fight was on between them for the better strike rate and least amount of singles run. Ferntree Gully were never in the game and the two plundered them around the park scoring a 79 run partnership in no time before Rhys got caught for 38. Powerhouse batsman Josh Wylde joined Brett at the crease and the two of them strolled across the line before drinks in a very emphatic win that really sets up our season with 4 wins and 2 losses sitting 1 game off top spot.
Really impressed with the development of our younger guys who are really standing up well even if our middle order guys haven't had much to do lately and us old blokes have been consistent enough to hold our own.
Looking forward to next year and the second half of an exciting season so far.
3rd XI vs Knoxfield @ Wantirna
Round 6 had us playing the old enemy Knoxfield at home.
Knoxfield are always a great challenge for us, especially with their hitting
ability in one day games. We won the toss and I decided to send them in. They
started quite well before one of the most bizarre pieces of play I have ever
seen occurred. The ball was hit to Dos who appeared certain to run the striker
out who was sent back. He threw the ball way over Benís head and Nikhil backed
up and fumbled the ball. They then decided to take the run and he was run out
at the non-strikers end. This didnít bring us much joy in the first 20 overs
however as they went to drinks at 2/95. The continued on their way for a while
before Nixon had big hitting Pitt caught slogging for 60. This saw danger man
Mark Stewart come to the crease and we never let him get comfortable. He was
dismissed with the score on 167 in a period that then saw them lose 6/6 to end
on what I believed to be a well below par 173 which include 4 run outs. Best of
the bowlers were Ash Thompson 1/16 (7), Sam Bakker ľ (3), Nixon Adcock 1/28 (6)
and Matt Lambrick 0/18 (6).
Myself and Ben opened the innings and put on 31 before
Ben was out trying to go over the top and found mid-off. Matt Lambrick came in
at first drop and fell to Plumridge for 9 leaving us at 2/42. Gerard Jongen was
next in and both of us looked a bit shaky for a few overs. There was lots of
feeling in the game which usually brings the best out in both of us and we
settled to look in control at 2/78 at drinks. Following that was all the Gerard
Jongen show, as he overtook me comfortably to make his 50 and in the end go on
to make a really well made 91 not out. He played himself in beautifully and
reaped the rewards at the end. I ended up on 55 not out and hobbling around
with Ben McLean doing the running duties for the last few overs for me.
All in all it was a pretty comprehensive win for us which
has put us on top going into the Christmas break. It is important we come back
switched on and ready to keep winning games with tough games against
Lysterfield and The Basin straight after the break.
4th XI vs Eildon Park at Stud Park Reserve
With all teams strengthened by the return of several
players this round, the 4's batting line up benefited through Jase, Spence and
Ty coming down from the 3's to help cover the loss of Scotty for this
round. Winning the toss against Eildon Park, it was a fairly easy
decision to bat first.
Deepak, although preferring to come in a little lower in
the order started proceedings with Spence, returning to the opening bat
position to replace Scotty. Together they started comfortably until Deepak (8)
tried to push the scoring along and punched a ball straight to the fielder who held
a smart catch (1/15). Justin, having spent valuable time at the crease
the previous game, returned to his customary position at 3 but couldnít keep a
very good leg stump yorker out with the ball squeezing through and onto the
stumps to be out for 1 (2/19). Jase joined Spence and, together, they
lifted the tempo with some very intelligent cricket, working the ball around
for singles and punishing anything loose. They put on a partnership of 85
runs with Jase bringing up his 50 in quick time before departing for 62
including 10 boundaries (3/104 off 23) and providing a great platform for the
remaining batsmen to launch from. With Dylan joining Spence, the crowd
settled into their seats to enjoy the show. Spence was unlucky to get out
for 34 to a ball that popped up off the leading edge but he could be extremely
pleased with his efforts providing the backbone to the innings (4/133 off
28). Ty joined Dyl and together they piled on 66 runs in the remaining 7
overs including a bomb that Dyl launched onto and over the roof of the pavilion
at Stud Park Reserve, a decent hit on a ground of that size! Dyl tried to
launch another bomb on the last ball but lost his stumps after an occasionally
brutal but always entertaining innings of 65. Ty had been batting intelligently
with well-placed singles to get Dyl on strike and ended on 16 not out in the
score of 5/199, a decent total from 35 overs.
The message to the players as we went out to field was to
treat it like the first innings of the match and forget that we had runs on the
board. Keep it tight, bowl a good line and length and wickets will
come. Varun and Raj opened the bowling with Tom replacing Raj after his
very impressive 4 over spell with the new ball. All bowlers followed the
instructions perfectly, settling into good areas that gave the batsmen no
freedom to play shots. Varun got the first breakthrough with a well-deserved
wicket in the 13th over
(1/30) that then saw Tom (3/25 off 7) wreak havoc with Spencer at the other end
chipping in with a wicket to reduce EP to 5/50 in the 19th over. Keeping Dyl in reserve to
cover for any possible Ďgame changingí batsman down the order, it was a good
opportunity to throw the ball to others who didnít often get the chance to
bowl. With Ty behind the stumps, the ball was thrown to young Benny who
took his first senior wicket with a juggling catch to Deepak at mid-on.
Deepak was another keen to show his wares with the ball and bowled a nice tidy
spell of 4 overs that saw him rattle the stumps just before the end with EP
finishing well short on 7/113.
It was a complete game from the boys with an intelligent
batting innings where all batsmen played a part and then a comprehensive
bowling and fielding performance with 5 catches and sensational ground fielding
on the back of good chatter and positive energy throughout the EP
KGCC 5/199 Dyl 65, Jase 62, Spence 34, Ty 16* def
EPCC 7/113 Tom 3/25 (7),
Deepak 1/11 (4), Varun 1/13 (7), Benny 1/19 (6), Spence 1/28 (7)
Another great weekend for KGCC with another 4 wins and
Garden Party to end the first half of the season