Round 4 Captains Match Reports
Posted by Daine Vernon on Tuesday, 7 Nov 2017 at 4:26pm
1st XI vs Eildon Park @ Knox Gardens Reserve

In what was a big day for the club looking to raise money for a great cause in Cystic Fibrosis, the ones took on a bogey side of late in a bit of a bogey format for us not having won a T20 since their introduction, it was always going to be a tough game on Saturday.


Winning the toss, we had no hesitation in choosing to bat first on a green but hard deck. We shuffled the batsmen around a little bit in order to try get off to a big start, unfortunately that did not work as we quickly found ourselves 3/18 with Niraj, Mitch Gregory and Joe all departing for under 10. Youngy and myself decided to try and slow the game down a bit and work ourselves back into the contest with singles and taking minimal risks. This seemed to work for a while as we put on a 48 run partnership before I was dismissed for 21, Youngy soon followed for a very handy 27. Suddenly we were 5/74 and in need of another good partnership. Boof and Jack Marget did just that, the two batted perfectly and turned all the momentum our way, putting on a 63 unbeaten stand with Boof making 33* and Jacko finishing on 32*. This concluding our innings on 5/137.


Although we took the momentum into our bowling innings, we knew we were going to have to bowl well with Eildon Park having some extremely dangerous batsmen. Our bowlers were terrific from ball one, and our fielding went up a level which made the run chase extremely hard for the Panthers to chase down our total. The game was in the balance with the best batsman in the comp Cody Morris still in alongside Eildon Park veteran and a beast of a competitor in Pimmy, but we put the squeeze on these two and managed to eventually take both of their wickets and with that close the game out. Eildon Park finishing on 6/113. A fantastic effort in the field from the 1’s. The bowling figures were, Nav Singh– 4 overs, 1/12. Wilba- 4 overs 1/17. Scotty Mac – 4 overs 2/17. Adz Metherell- 2 overs /021. Niraj- 4 overs 1/25 and Mitch Gregory- 2 overs 1/15.


A great win for the club and more importantly a big day raising money for a great cause. Next week we are back into the red ball format taking on Mountain Gate @Gatorville. It is a big game for us as we look to get back to back W’s for the first time this season.


2nd XI vs Eildon Park @ Knox Gardens Reserve

A big day for the club and an exciting day for our team as we headed into our first T/20 match of the season against Eildon Park who we scraped past in the semi final last season. Man, I feel old now having coached 9 of the 10 players but feeling good that I was hardly born when Morro was playing junior cricket. Adam Wylde making his debut alongside pint sized brothers Dyl and Josh after the old Fox pulled out to prepare for a big Midnight Oil gig.

Another toss of the coin and another win for the good guys. 8 in a row now and almost certain next time a trip to the casino will destroy all my luck. Decided for the first of these 8 times to bowl first just to see if we remembered how to chase down a score, also I haven’t done anything for a while and was a great chance for the skip to finally lead by example.

A second ball wicket to the skipper was the only highlight for me but a 3 wicket in 10 ball start was impressive as heck as the wicket taking machine Mohammad Drewsuf snared 2 in his first over. A brilliant and tight start was followed by a couple of wood chopping batsmen who in the end were no match for the ridiculously foul mouthed young Joshy McGowan as he spun a treat collecting 2 middle over wickets in another impressive performance. Gerard fought back well after a rusty start to tighten the screws and the super slick Dyl Wylde finished off magnificently with the pill. Some great catching and a crisp Callum O’Connor run out from the fence were all part of a solid team effort from the youngsters. We ended up restricting Eildon Park for a mediocre 8/121 and felt we had the upper hand.

Looking to pound some runs early to ease the pressure for the rest of the guys Stuckey and O’Connor got us off to an ok start before Callum couldn’t hold back any longer and launched one straight up in the air and was caught. Some sensible batting from the ultra-smooth Josh Wylde and rugged Stuckey saw the score tick along nicely before Josh too lost his cool and spooned one which brought Morro in at the uncustomary number 4 spot. The old warhorse did a great job plundering a quickfire 24 to get us in control and some nervy moments towards the end mixed with some supremely discipline bowling from the opposition (no extras) saw us creep to victory off the second last ball of the match.

A superb innings from the talented T/20 specialist Lachie Stuckey was the highlight of the match as he carried his bat to smash 63 not out including the winning runs in a very mature innings by the 19 year old.

A great sign for the future of the club with such a young side (8 under 22) getting over the line in a tight encounter. 4-0 now and looking forward to the next game but more importantly seeing the old fox back to lead us signing the song after the only disappointing effort of the day.


3rd XI vs South Belgrave @ South Belgrave Reserve

We ventured out to South Belgrave to take on a side that finished 2nd on the ladder at the end of the home and away season last year and were coming off a heavy defeat. South Belgrave have always been a proud club and no doubt they would have seen a game against the only 3rd XI in the competition as a chance to get some momentum back in the season. After some players pulled out from the grades above we lost Adam Wylde from last week but regained gun fielder Spencer Stuckey into our side. We managed to win the toss and despite telling everyone in the lead up we would bowl first if we won, I had a late change of mind and decided to have a bat first. Also a change in mind from earlier in the week I opened up with Rhys Marget.

Rhys and I struggled for the first over, only netting the 3 runs which has South Belgrave on top, however we took 13 off the next over (mainly thanks to me) and I then made the mistake of baiting Rhys that I was outdoing him so he decided he would take 17 off the next over. After 15 off the next over we had South Belgrave right on the back foot at 0/48 after the first 4 overs. Unfortunately Rhys went out trying to clear the fence in the 6th over with the score on 60 and a personal tally of 42. Nibby was in at his usual white ball position of first drop and probably tried a little too hard early on and took 6 balls to get off the mark. I continued on my merry way hitting boundaries and trying to take the pressure off him as he found his feet. Nibby played a supporting role to me until I was caught trying to go big off the first legal ball of the 11th over for 49.

From here Dos came in and Nibby took over the main role. Dos was castled for 5 in a partnership of 17 with Nibby which then saw Lamby come to the crease at 5. In somewhat of an uncharacteristic innings he batted through from this point for 18 off 21 and played a supporting role for Nibby who hit 36 at much better than a run a ball, showing that you can afford to take a bit of time to get going and catch up later on, and then Spencer Stuckey who hit 13 near the end and run Lamby absolutely ragged, and with a predicted HR of over 250. We finished with 4/176 off out 20 overs, which is a score that even the professionals would be happy with.

We went out to bowl full of confidence and despite some early wides, Devo picked up a wicket in the first over, getting their pinch hitting opening bat out for just 1. Devo finished with 1/12 from his 4 which included a maiden and 6 wides. Safe to say they really struggled to get him away. Nikhil opened from the other end and gave us 3 spells for him 4 overs. He finished with figures of 1/31 from 4 overs which probably wasn’t a true reflection of the way he bowled and he was unlucky not to have a 2nd wicket, had it not been for a butter fingers captain grassing a skied ball.

Bailey worked really hard for his 2/33 from 4. He copped a bit of tap early on, but that is T20 cricket and bowlers have to expect batsmen to really come at them hard at times throughout the game. I thought he held his nerve really well though and came back strong in his final 2 overs which also included a run out that he got. Overall it was another solid performance from the youngster who will only get better as the weeks go on. If it weren’t for Devo, Reidy would have been the pick of the bowlers, mixing up his pace well and even getting a wicket with his ridiculously slow knuckle ball. He finished with figures of 3/24 (4) and was extremely good bowling at the death. Nixon also continued his good form, finishing with 1/18 from 4 overs and tying the batsmen down as they looked to score some much needed quick runs.

Special mention to Spencer who also took catch of the day running back with the flight of the ball reminiscent of how I used to tear the saints up out on that wing back about 7 years ago with the oval ball. He can thank me for giving him the classic catch and not the regulation catch it would have been had I not moved him into the circle from the boundary a few balls earlier. Overall our fielding was much better than in previous games too which was very pleasing and something that we will hopefully take into the rest of the season. It was our most complete performance to date I feel and one that we can build on.

Next week we go up the hill again to take on Monbulk who are sitting in fourth place. A win against them and some other results going to form, would see us a couple of games inside the top 4 after 5 rounds with our season well and truly set up. Safe to say it is a pretty big game for us and we will be doing everything we can to stay on the winners list.


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