1st XI vs Upwey Tecoma @Upwey Recreation Reserve
In a crucial game at the Dome vs Upwey, I was able to win my
second toss in two weeks and we elected to bat. Conditions above allowed the
ball to swing around a bit, but we were hoping to be able to get some runs on
I opened up with Morro fresh off a big ton in Decoite Shield last
week. Morro was able to score freely with the Tigers bowlers feeding his areas.
I played the boring role down the other end. Morro was dismissed around the
drinks break for a well compiled 41. Joe and myself steadied the ship until I
got out softly for 42 which had us 2/100 just before tea. Butch and Joe then
put on close to 100 and started to score at will. Butch started to hit his
straps and Joe after doing all the hard work was cashing in. With great support
from the boundary we raced past 200. Both Joe 39 and Butch 71 were dismissed
and this brought the burrito brothers Mitch and Boof to the crease. They batted
with maturity and played themselves in before the carnage started. Mitch went
past 50 with an array of shots and Boof played a handy role finishing on 30. We
finished our 80 overs on 4/296.
With some poor weather late in the week and ordinary weather
reports for Saturday we decided to stick with our original plan of bowling with
patience. Todd and Scotty were able to really tighten the screws. We found
ourselves in a good position having them 5/37 off 22. A decent partnership
guided them out of real trouble, however we were able to maintain pressure and
make the required rate sore past 6po. Once we were able to get the breakthrough
the pressure was too much for Upwey’s tail and we were able to get the last few
wickets and have Upwey all out for 185. Scott took 3 with Todd, Nav and Daine 2
each and Wilba got 1. Great effort by the boys and an even bigger game this
week against the sharks
2nd XI vs Monbulk @ Knox Gardens Reserve
A couple of changes to the team this week which saw us take on
(equal) ladder leaders Monbulk, on our home deck.
The first day was quite overcast and Monbulk won the toss and decided to send
us in to bat.
3rd XI skipper Andrew Potts opened up the innings in his first game
in the 2's for a while and watched 2 wickets fall early from the other end as
we were 2 for not many after not many overs. Andrew was then joined by the
in-form Gerard Jongen and the two worked well to resurrect our poor start. Both
went on to make 30's which seemed to be the theme of our day - Too many starts
but no scores that were going to be crucial in setting a large total.
Youngsters Josh Curnow and Jay Wagner (playing his first game in the 2's)
batted well together in the tail-end of the innings which saw us make 176 with
approx. 10 overs left in the day, meaning we would get a crack at the opposition
Unfortunately we could not get a breakthrough and Monbulk finished the day
The next week rolled around and we were forced to wait 30 mins
before getting onto the field as recent heavy rain had left puddles near the
wicket. I used one of my Mum's towels to soak up the puddle and she was
obviously quite upset with that when she found out.
With Monbulk needing 150 odd to win with 10 wickets in hand, it was crucial
that we struck with wickets early. I thought the bowling was good for the
majority of the day, but the experience and composure of Monbulk shone through
and they passed our total 1 wicket down. Josh Curnow was the pick of the
bowlers and was very economical throughout his 17 over spell. Matt Young also
was posing quite a few headaches for the batsmen too.
All in all, a disappointing result, but there is stacks our young
group can learn and develop their own games from that.
Onto Olinda in a T20 at home next week before the Xmas break!
3rd XI vs Monbulk @Silvan Recreation Reserve
G’day boys I’m back captaining the 3rd XI as I know many people
have been asking for in Pottsy’s absence.
We had Monbulk just up around the corner in Silvan on Saturday
looking for our 7th win of the season to keep the undefeated run going. We lost
the toss and were sent in to bowl on a pretty overcast and humid day which we
were pretty happy about with the bowling attack we had!
Monbulk got off to a good but slow start until Nibby took the
first scalp with a beauty of a short ball which got us the first wicket. We had
Monbulk about 1/30 around drinks which I was very happy with and the run rate
moving very slowly along until a returning Kingy to the side dismantled the top
order taking the next six wickets in short succession and finishing the innings
6/51. Leaving them 7/60 around at tea. After Monbulk had a short stand to get
them just past 100 with Bailey and Nibby finishing them off all out for 114.
With 28 overs still left in the day Rhys and Scotty Christiansen
opened for us with 115 to win. We got off to a flying start with an opening
stand of 100 until losing Scotty for 34 a couple of overs before the end of the
day. Rhys powered on for an unbeaten 77*. We past Monbulk two down looking for
an outright victory the following week after a dominate display by the us!
We came in next week looking for quick runs so we could get as
much time as we could get at Monbulk. Special mention to Rhys making his second
100 for the year making 114 and really helped setting us up to bowl again. We
Unfortunately with few chances and things just not going our way
out on the field we were only able to get 2 wickets and have Monbulk 2/130 odd
after 50 overs at them and both teams agreed to finished the game there. After
this game’s effort it leaves us clear on top of the ladder looking to finish
the year on a good note and stay undefeated with the 20/20 next week.
4th XI vs Rowville @Knox Gardens Reserve#2
I had not long got off the 8.40 Chartered flight from Wantirna
South to Doreen airport when the call came through requesting me to come out of
retirement to don the Baggy red for only the third time in 2567 days. Satisfied
that my pre season had been sufficient, having faced 7 balls from the under 13s
the previous week, I went to bed Thursday night comfortable in the thought I
would bat in the bottom 3, bowl two overs on the second day and be reminded 15
overs in why I retired in the first place.
To my great surprise, come 7.37 pm Friday, I
received news through the millennial messaging service that we had been
decimated, and that 7 of us would be taking the field of battle against the
undefeated ladder leaders from Upper Dandenong North (Rowville)
In shades of Bob Simpson, when he was called up to
lead the Aussies post Rebel tour, I was promoted to captain. Not even Donald
Trump promotes people into leadership roles quicker and more
The morning started promisingly, with news
consistently arriving that our numbers were being replenished from cricketers,
of Knox Gardens past. Matt Lambrick returned from a short lived stint as a
stunt driver, Thommo (week 2), Simon Wilkinson (Keysborough Golf Club) and Jack
Deveson finally left the London Tavern post Richmond's flag from 2017.
I quickly stopped by Rebel to buy a box and made
my way to the cricket with my gear (said box). Our warm up was excellent, with
a real focus on getting to know each other and team bonding activities designed
to learn each others names. I was particularly impressed with Sime's
calligraphy skills on the name tags.
We won the toss and elected to bowl. As any good
captain would do, I opened the bowling with myself unchanged from one end,
before taking the gloves. It was a wise decision I did not regret at any point
for the next 5 days.
We had a real focus on getting the 4s focus back
to being fun and enjoyable and ensuring everyone got a bat and a bowl. The boys
bowled and fielded really well, restricting Rowville to 2/81 off 35 overs. A
couple of dropped chances were the only blemish on a really solid team effort.
Young Ravin took his first wicket for the club and looks a really promising
young bowler. The second dismissal Caught behind Bailey, Bowled Gregor was
certainly a first and last occurrence, never to be seen again. The group bowled
to a plan and everyone's effort was super. It was great to see Josh Mulder and
Nater bowl well when given the opportunity. Nater was very stiff not to get a
wicket late as their number 4 was beaten by one that did absolutely bugger all
but bambozzled him completely.
When we went into bat the instruction was to be no
more than 2-3 wickets down, with runs not a huge focus. We knew that week two
we had a couple of very good bats available. Andrew Gregor took the instruction
literally, stoically turning the strike over once in a solid opening stand of
24, with Deepak. Unfortunately after a really good 20 over start we lost our
way losing 4 quick wickets, before the Big Mini Skip got us within 20 runs with
some lusty blows late. Even though we were 5/59 we felt we were right in the
game with all of our batters to come.
We arrived on day 2 looking forward to seeing if
we could give ourselves something reasonable to chase. It was not to be
however, as the ground was holding more water the Boof water skiing in Echuca.
It was hugely disappointing to not get out there. The oval was like me at a
nightclub, good from far but bloody horrible once you got up close. Whilst
hugely satisfying to remain undefeated as a 4s captain, it was disappointing
that we didn't get a crack at it on day 2. The 4's enter the break right in the
hunt to play finals. Hopefully day 1 is the standard moving forward. Play good
strong competitive cricket, but having fun doing it and with everyone
If anyone is looking for a gift for Christmas, I
am selling 1 box (barely used).