2nd XI vs South Belgrave @Knox Gardens Reserve
Round one finally upon us and the challenge of moving up to DeCoite
Shield awaiting our 2nd XI players for the new season.
South Belgrave the opponent on a pleasant sunny afternoon at Argyle
way. Just the two changes from our premiership winning side from last season
and we were full of confidence with a strong and handsome side.
The sweet ping of the coin as I tossed it to perfection was unfortunately
met with a tail that never failed so we got sent into the lightning quick, barren
field. Dale ĎWicketsí opened up with the fresh faced Curney to try and swing the
ball around corners and pick up some crucial early poles. The first pill found
the edge and raced away passed second slip for 4 and unfortunately that set the
tone for a day without much luck in the field. A couple of near misses backed
up by some brilliant fielding, especially from Dos Bradman no less and some
quality stroke making made for an entertaining start but not the one we were
after. The first wicket fell in the 18th over with the score on 76 and
at drinks SB were 1/78 and we were quite happy with bringing the run rate back
with some tidy bowling from a couple of old timers. Some good batting from
their skipper and the score raced to 2/154 in the 32nd over before
he was dismissed by our charismatic 2nd XI leader thanks to a good
pair of mits in the deep. From there Curn, Drew, Nav and myself all toiled hard
in tough conditions but continually had near misses which saw the white ball
fly around the park. Nav and Foxy bowled well while I bowled well at times to
find three scalps. South Belgrave ended their innings posting 6/213, a score we
thought was around par on the freshly cut Knox Gardens reserve.
With the promotion of our reliable and at times extremely foul-mouthed
Stuckey to the 1st XI Gerard was heard whispering that he would like
the chance at the top of the order and so, I obliged. He joined evergreen Pops
Morrison and we started in trademark blistering fashion clubbing 29 from the
first 4 overs before the brakes were unfortunately planted. The bowling was
tight especially after the departure of Pops for a run a ball 19. Our young top
order looked very comfortable at the crease when pint sized Adam Wylde joined G-unit
but good field placing made the gaps hard to find and so the runs dried up.
From there, although we never looked in trouble of losing wickets the
frustration of not being able to pick the gaps was starting to show. Even though we had almost identical scores at the drinks break we were unable to find the momentum
needed to lift the scoring rate as our bats got themselves in and then got
themselves out with no one capitalising and hitting the big scores needed. Five
scores between 14 and 23 adding to Gerardís very good 42 meant we didnít have
the match winner required to chase down the total ending up 8/177 off our 40
Not our best performance but we were right in the game the
whole day and with a little more luck and more adventurous stroke play we could
have taken the 6 points. Far from disgraced and knowing we have much better
performances in us for the rest of the season we can't wait to lift our
standards next week.
XI vs South Belgrave @ Belgrave South Recreation Reserve
We had South Belgrave away at Belgrave South
Recreation Reserve for the first game of the season. I was the stand in captain
as Pottsy was away this round.
We won the toss and decided to have a bat first.
Rhys and Jay opened and got us off to a flyer getting us to about 70 off the
first 5 overs where Rhys bought up his fifty while Jay still on single figures.
Eventually Rhys missed a straight one and was trapped LBW for 63 after a very
exciting start to the year. I then came in and because of the blistering start
it made it easier for Jay and I to bat with less pressure and steady through
the middle overs. Shortly after Jay bought his 50 up in his debut in the 3s I
fell for 40.
Carlton came in with around 10 overs left and put
on a cameo to end up on 49*. Jay finished on 62 after a wonderful innings.
Little Spence chipped in with a handy 20* and we ended on 3/254
With a huge total on the board we came onto the
field with a lot of confidence that we would get the job done. Bailey and Nix
opened the bowling and with a good spell of bowling we restricted them to 1/26
off the first 10 which put the game out of reach for them. Everyone bowled and
fielded well with Kingy chipping in for a couple of wickets off his 8 to keep
them to 7/202 after their 40 overs. Awesome result to start the season and
hopefully we can bring this momentum over to next week.
4th XI vs Mountain Gate @Knox Gardens Reserve #2
This week we had Mountain Gate at home. I lost the first
toss and we were sent into bat.
Porno and Deepak opened for us and got us off to a great
start before Deepak was unluckily bowled around his legs with the score on
1/16. Lamby came in next and himself and Porno steadied for us. In what was
some of the best timed striking of the ball I have ever seen from Porno.
Unfortunately, Lamby chopped one back onto the stumps and we lost our second
wicket for 63. Sammy came and it wasnít long before Porno was out caught for a
great 50 with the score at 3/71. Rupert came in and provided great support for
Sammy who was looking solid as always before Rupert was given out LBW to a full
toss with the score on 4/92. Monty who filled in for us was in next and he
managed to pick out the fielder as well before the score was 5/105. Crawford
was in next and with an already strained back unfortunately was bowled and we
were 6/113 and not quite were we wanted to be. I combined with Sammy and he did
what he does best and made life easy for me and he made a well deserved 56
before going out trying to up the run rate with us 7/161. Varun was in next and
did exactly what we needed from him and he hang around with myself with 4 overs
to go where I was able to score freely to see us finish on 7/204 which was a
great result for us.
Lamby and myself opened the bowling with leg byes and byes being the only way
runs were coming off as the bowling was great and we didnít give them chances
to score. The break through came in the 6th over where I was able to
get the opener out bowled and also managed to get their first drop out for a
duck and we had them at 2/14. We continued the tight bowling with Varun coming
into the attack with Lamby and he was able to get the breakthrough and we had
them 3/37. A quick bowling change with me filling in an over before Sammy came
on and I managed to get the other opener out and they were 4/39 after 15 overs
and needed to start going for it. That is exactly what they did and Sammy was
very unlucky to have a few put down that should have stuck. Him and Varun keep
persisting well and finally after Greg Bakker came on for Varun we got the
breakthrough with the score 5/87. From there between Sam and Greg Bakker we got
a team hattrick and Sam got some well deserved reward and we had them 8/99 with
the final wicket falling with them being all out for 100!
This was a great result for us for our first game and I was
very happy with the fantastic way we played as a team. Pornoís batting set us
up beautifully, Sammy dominated really well in the middle overs and gave us the
ability to finish on a very competitive score and have them under pressure from
the first ball. Lamby was very unlucky not to get a wicket and some of the
bowlers were unlucky with dropped chances but overall everyone bowled
fantastically. There is room to improve and I have no doubt that we will do
this as we progress through the season.