Senior Team of the Week (Round 8)
Posted by Daine Vernon on Tuesday, 10 Jan 2017 at 8:41pm
Massive first week to start the year for our 1st and 2nd XI's with their T/20's being played.
Mixed results but some outstanding contributions from both teams.

Here is this week's team:

Lachie Stuckey: It seems every time he gets a hit we see his name appear in the team. The hard hitting young gun continues to impress and hitting 58 runs from 38 balls it wasn’t a hard decision to pick him at the top of the order.

Niraj DeSilva: An up and down season so far for the supremely talented Niraj. Has blossomed with his new role at the top of the order but will be frustrated to not cash in on a number of starts so far this season. Batting second he hit a better than run a ball 37 which help set the 1’s up for chase.

Jarrod Butcher: Doing a fantastic job leading by example so far for the 1st XI. Shared in a fantastic partnership with Niraj and made batting look ridiculously easy at times. Has been super consistent passing the 300 run mark already.

Ben McLean: After being overlooked for the 2nd XI T/20 initially Ben wound back the clock with a superb display of cow corner hitting with a few deft touches thrown in also. Remained not out on 51 off just 35 deliveries to help set up win. He would have been quick to calculate his impressive strike rate of 145.7.

Josh Wylde: Just as he did in the first T/20 Josh controlled things from the moment he strode to the crease. Rotated the strike brilliantly in his near hundred run partnership with Ben before asking to bat in the cap which ultimately contributed to his downfall on 39, probably.

Josh Gregory: Did everything he could to drag the 1st XI across the line hitting the ball hard and made the fielders unsure with his trademark running between the wickets. Will be disappointed with the result but without the great man we would have come up well short. Enjoyed running around in the field for a change also collecting a great run out.

Scott McInerney: Probably unaccustomed to being this far down the order but after another unfortunate early dismissal he is in the team for his impressive seam bowling. Has impressed with the ball after a few injuries concerns earlier in the season. Picked up 2/26 off his 4 overs to help restrict the opposition to a total that was within reach.

Dylan Wylde: Got the call up to the 2nd XI after attending his first and we can only assume last training session for the season. The pint sized, big hitting, quick moving and always entertaining cricketer is well suited to the shortest form of the game. Only got to face 5 balls but managed 13 runs then took a wicket and was electric in the field all day.

Navinder Singh: A very versatile member of the 1st XI being a fantastic two day batsman and a great death bowler, so it’s no surprise he’s in the team for his drifting missile like deliveries. Opened the bowling and was very tidy then performed extremely well under immense pressure in 2 super overs to give us every chance of winning the game.

Sean Reid: Recently quoted as saying “I hate T/20’s and they are ruining the game of cricket” or words to that effect, Sean was not really involved in the 2’s game at all. Then all of a sudden with the game on the line the skipper threw him the ball and he delivered first ball with a wicket, backed it up with another and incredibly threw down the stumps from near the boundary for a run-out to turn the game around and get the side a comfortable 80 run win.

Drew Withers: Squeezed out of a strong 1st XI side Drew responded extremely well bamboozling the opposition with changes of pace and very accurate bowling taking 2/13 off 4 overs. Remarkably avoided the ball all day in the field to end up with no disposals but was only needed to bowl and he was the pick of the bowlers for the round.


12th Man

Mitch Gregory: Once again finds himself in the team as 12th man. The ‘weapon’ as only he refers to himself as, unleashed a mighty bomb over Ferntree Gully road and almost got us over the line in his non argumentative partnership with older brother Josh. Keep working Mitchy! We are sure you will make the starting eleven soon!

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