1st XI vs Ferntree Gully @ Wally Tew Reserve
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon we ventured to Wally Tew reserve to take on Ferntree Gully.
Skipper Jayden Bradbury won the toss and confidently chose to bat. I wasn’t that stressed about bowling first after a great display with bat and ball last week.
We started off quite well with Todd Burley doing his best Curtley Ambrose impersonation picking up 3 quick wickets and taking the edge on multiple occasions. It was almost like FTG had transported the WACA wicket to the ground. He was assisted by Adam “Beamer” Wild who bowled with control and they were able to follow the plan set and restrict FTG whilst also making inroads. At 4/12 we had real control over the game and we were able to continue to strangle the FTG batsman as they lost continuous wickets throughout the rest of the innings finishing up all out for 73.
Wayne, Nav, Meth and My boy Mitch all played a key role throughout the innings but it was Todd and Wilbur who set the game up for us and allowed the others to bowl with freedom and confidence.
Our ground fielding and catching was superb and has been a shining light in the first 2 games.
We then set out to get the runs with as little fuss as possible. Young FTG quick Tim Parker Bowled with a head full of steam and was letting them go early to try and get some early wickets, but Butch and I were able to get us almost halfway before Butch chipped one to leg gully. Jack Marget came in and batted well and was a handy foil for me. We were able to get us to within 8 runs from victory before jack was bowled by their Pommy spinner. Following on from last week this will be another great lesson for Jack in his development in to a top echelon batsman in the competition. Joe and I were able to get the 8 more for victory and we grabbed the points.
It was a great result for us and it was great to tick all of the boxes of the plans we set prior to the game. There was a huge improvement in our 1%ers from last week which was also pleasing. “Don’t forget your sunscreen”.
That’s 12 points from our early white ball stint and we look to the red ball this week and take on old foe Eildon Park at home. This will be a big challenge which we are ready to take on.
Also it was great to get back and watch the 2nds fight to the end against the gators. Hopefully the book shows we got the result we were after and we will take it to the bank.
‘Genius’ effort boys.
And to Wilko
2nd XI vs Mountain Gate @ Knox Gardens Reserve
Another scrumptious Saturday afternoon and once again
playing on the lightning fast top oval, this week against those pesky reptiles
beyond the gate.
Three changes this week after a disappointing first up loss
and a chance to get that all important first win on the board. Things were made
harder after once again losing the toss but a new look bowling attack this week
gave us a chance to hopefully apply the squeeze and wrap up those gators.
Having just the two pacemen, well not ‘just’ the two, but
some fine specimens in Fox Mulder and Drew ‘Fitbit” Withers we decided they
would use the new oversized golf ball to see what they could extract from the docile
top oval pitch. Similar to last week we couldn’t generate the early
breakthroughs we so dearly desired but with the inclusion of Hollywood LS at
short cover the opposition batsmen were far too distracted by the poorly
manicured facial hair to fully concentrate.
The first wickets came along after some fine dabbing from Mr
Young in tandem with the self-proclaimed king Josh McGowan. The two were superb
creating chances while building pressure and if not for a bit more luck could
have jagged a few each! The batting was reminiscent of a gator slowly stalking
its prey, but we were able to capture the gators before they really sunk their
teeth into any sort of run feast (God, that was awful…) Never getting away from
us we toiled hard as a team and took our chances late to claim a swag of
wickets including some brilliant catches and workman like run outs to restrict
their bite to 9/168 off their 40 overs which we thought was under par. All the
bowlers were great and fielding much improved.
Once again chasing we got off to a steady start against some
decent bowling. Unfortunately, we kept losing wickets 31, 47, 67 and 98 which
saw us still in a good position but with work to do. The departure of Gez for
another solid 40 odd then a pretty lame 3 runs from the usually swashbuckling Dyl
left young Callum O’Connor to fight with the tail for the win. Steady
contributions from Myself, Trav and the young gun Cal still left us ‘10-15’
runs short depending which score we were reading. Extremely flaky tail enders “Dale
Withers” and “Kingston” were left to hopefully edge our way to the total. Unfortunately,
while they did just that, we were unaware that we passed the score until some
days later with some inconsistencies in the scorebooks.
So, we end up claiming the points which are our first for
the season after another at times sub-par performance knowing we can play better.
Pleasing we can match it with teams in Decoite but hopefully after some long discussions
post-match we can build ourselves into a top team leading up to the break.
3rd XI vs Mountain Gate @ HV Jones Reserve
We ventured out to the notorious H.V Jones Reserve to take on
Mountain Gate who had been tamed by the Churches of Knox-Boronia last week. We
welcomed back the inclusions of cricket fanatic Joshy Curnow and myself from
the 2s, while we lost the King of Poowong Carlton O’Connor and Daine’s love child
and gym junkie Josh McGowan who had been promoted to make their DeCoite
Just like every other Wylde, the skipper Josh rocked up late as
Dyl apparently took his keys, which meant the old fossil Rhys had the duty of
going to the toss and luckily enough won it and decided to chuck the pads
on...or for some of us those ugly clads.
We got off to the usual start which the scoreboard read 0/13 off
1. Rhys 13*, Jay 0*.
Jay-Z then ran himself out for 1, which brought the stand in
skipper to the crease at 1/23. After crashing a few juicy full tosses to the
fence he got himself to 19, before he was absolutely triggered by Nibby. That
Steve Bucknoresque decision brought myself to the crease. Rhys and I put on 99
before he was caught by a blinder at short third man for 106 which left us in a
great position at 3/164 with about 13 overs left. I brought up my 50 not long
after with some Un-Reidesque shots by the man himself before i picked out the
man at mid off for 55. A steady fall of wickets at the back end meant the runs
dried up some what but contributions at the end by Reidy 18, Ben 9* got us to
6/228 off our 40 on what was a very quick ground.
After what can only be described as a tea for the ages, the
Gators came out firing with some slogging before Hard Hitting Nibby got the key
break through. Wickets were hard to come buy in the first 20 with some chances
being put down and not enough luck especially Nix who’s figures read 0/39 off 6 but it didn’t sum up how well he
bowled. At drinks the Gators were fighting hard at 2/92 with Curn the other
wicket taker. Our bowlers must’ve really enjoyed the orange flavoured cordial
as we ran through the middle order and skittled them for 131. Curn 3/24, Nibby 3/22 were ably supported by BDog
Slims 2/22 and Mr. Reids 2/14. Another clinical performance although there can
be improvements made in the field as we head back home for the first time in
2018/19 where we face the bloods of Olinda and a real shot at cementing our place
in the 4 early in the year and go 3-0
Josh 'Morrison' Wylde
4th XI vs Monbulk @ Knox Gardens Reserve #2
This week we had Monbulk at home and traditionally whenever
we play them, it’s always a tight game. I won the first toss and chose to bat.
This game saw the return of Scotty back for his first game
and there were definitely no signs of any rustiness! Unfortunately for Deepak,
he dragged one back in the first over to have us 1/8. In next was the inform
Porno, who combined well with Scotty until one got through the gate and we lost
our second wicket with the score at 2/29. From there the also inform Sam and
Scotty worked hard and did exactly what was needed for us and saw through the
attack while still rotating the scores. This fantastic partnership had us in
the position where we could start aggressively upping the run rate with wickets
in hand and one special weapon still in the sheds. Unfortunately for Sam, a
misunderstanding saw him run out for a great 32 with the score at 3/110 with 7
overs to go. In next was Lamby and some sharp fielding had him walking back off
the ground without troubling the scores and we were 4/113 and that when we
unleashed our weapon in the sheds Thommo. Scotty ensured the scoring continued
while Thommo did what Thommo does best and sent balls to all sides of the field
even with some of their most experienced bowlers. This very quick partnership
saw us finish on 4/164 with Scotty having brought up a great 50 and ending up
on 64 not out and Thommo on a very respectable score of 36 not out.
Myself and Nikkas opened the bowling and Nikkas was able to
sneer the first blood in his first over to have us to a great start and them
1/3. We were definitely up and about and in next for them was Willow and he did
what he does best and tried to ensure that the ball disappeared as quick and
far as possible. He was able to avoid a few close chances before I was able to
get him out caught behind and they were 2/57 off only 7 overs. We had to peg
them back if we had any chance of winning the game. Thommo and Varun were into
the attack and it wasn’t long before Thommo sent the stumps cartwheeling with
the score at 3/77. From here, Sammy, Varun and Nikkas all dug deep and a few strains
and injuries slowed us down in the field and had us drop our heads. We kept
working hard for the breakthrough which came from a somewhat miracle catch with
the ball travelling like a laser to Gregor who held on to dismiss the opening
bat and they were 4/138 with 10 overs to go and 26 needed for victory. From all
appearances they well and truly had the game in the bag, however we were not
going to give up and we were going to keep fighting till the last ball. As is
often the case 1 brings 2 and another brilliant ball from Nikkas saw the stumps
out of the ground and they were 5/138. Not long after a great ball from Thommo
and a sensational catch saw the next wicket fall with the score at 6/146 but
Thommo decided he would prefer to take take another wicket and have a double
wicket maiden and that’s what he did. They were now 7/146 and with the game in
the balance. The pressure mounted on them and some great fill in fielding from
young Mulder saw Lamby take the run out with the score at 8/154. They went into
the last over needing 10 for victory with 2 wickets in hand and I took upon
myself to bowl the last over. Fortunately for me, I was able to take 2 caught
and balled with them trying to finish it off and have them all out for 156 and
9 runs short of victory.
Being ecstatic with the win is an understatement, we dropped
our heads and they had every right to win the game but persistence and
determination saw us take 6/18 and with some very questionable umpiring on a
number of occasions, made the victory that much sweeter! The fantastic batting
between Sam and Scotty set us up and Thommos hitting helped us get to a
competitive score. Myself, Nikkas and Thommo all managed a bag of 3 wickets
each and some great bowling from Sammy who was very unlucky not to get a
wicket. Special mention to Nader for his gazelle like sensational fielding to
keep the pressure on the oppostition. We are off to a great start and I look
forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish in the coming games.