1st XI vs Knoxfield @ Carrington Park
Coming up against the 3peat premiers was an exciting challenge that we were willing to take on.
I was again unable to decide correctly the way the coin would land and we were bowling first.
We were able to get an early wicket and put some pressure on there out of form opener and captain. Unfortunately Todd found it tough to keep his foot behind the line when finding the edge of Sunderesh (NO BALL). He went on to get 20 odd more. Scotty also decided he would like to land his foot a bit further than normal when on the same ball that took out Tom Boxell’s middle stump. It turned out ok as Boxell only added another 55 to his total. Wilbur didn’t want to be outdone so he thought he would try and kill the bird life standing 20 meters behind the keeper on a few occasions too.
Along with some sloppy fielding early which I lead the way London bridge style it was just one of those days. Knoxfield controlled the day to put on 8/278.
Even though day 1 didn’t go to plan we still felt that we could get the runs. Scotty was stiff being caught off the anoos for not many after showing some solid form and I followed soon after feeling some pressure to start scoring.
From there I thought knoxfield piled on pressure and we couldn’t keep our head above water falling to 6/60.
Enter Meth who was able to score freely and he finished on 60odd. Joey also batted well for 29. Daine and Wilbur also contributed at the end with 28 and 29 respectively but we fell way short on 221.
Plenty to work on and a good reality check. We will be back better than ever this week.
2nd XI vs Lysterfield @ Knox Gardens Reserve
Finally some red ball cricket - We took on one of the premiership favourites in Lysterfield at our home deck.
A lovely day greeted us, but a not so lovely bout of Bali belly crippled opening bowler Travis Mulder - Thankfully we won the toss and elected to bat.
We got off to a terrific start, being 1/94 after a wonderful partnership between Lachie Stuckey (37) and Adam Wylde (39) before both of them as well as Hayden Morrison lost their wickets on the stroke of tea, leaving us in a bit of a pickle at 4/103.
From there, we never really gathered any momentum with the bat, but a crucial partnership between Matt Young (36) and Josh Curnow (22) ensured we were able to post a somewhat defendable total of 192.
A week (which included the dumping of half of Edithvale’s main beach onto our ground) passed before we were to have a crack at the Beavers. The outfield was obviously slower, but our job was no less harder.
Early wickets were crucial and we got one in the form of Hicks which got the boys tails up.
It was important that we sustained the pressure as with cricket, you never know what can happen.
Unfortunately a few missed chances proved our wrongdoing and Lysterfield chased out total 6 down with 5 overs to spare. The bowling was good for the most part. Trav Mulder produced a dazzling opening spell and Bailey Deckert impressed in his first game in the 2s. Captain Drew (Brad Hogg) Withers compiled figures of 4/68 off his marathon/herculean 28 overs.
A tiny bit of a reality check this week, but we still know and believe we’re not that far away. Onto Talaskia reserve next round to face St. John Tecoma.
3rd XI vs Knox Boronia @ Dobson's Park
On a perfect Saturday afternoon for cricket we ventured out to Dobson Park to face the Knox-Boronia Churches in a crucial top of the ladder clash. I wont the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. We started poorly as I was dismissed for a duck. Jay batted at 3 and he and Rhys put on 76 before Rhys hauled out for 70 leaving us at 2/88. Spencer came in and looked good but went out the ball after drinks for 14 which left us off to a quick start with 107 on the board but already 3 down. This was compounded when Josh Wylde (1) was dismissed and all of a sudden the Burras were on top. Thommo was next in and he got 22 hard hitting runs before hauling out to a boundary rider. Ben batted at 7 and looked to be there at tea. He did this, however he was caught behind for 13 not long after tea. Jay was the next to fall with the score on 209 for a very well made 68, having been there for 197 runs and seeing 5 wickets fall at the other end in a performance that will keep the selectors watching and the batsmen in the twos on their toes.
From here we looked to have the tail wag and it did with Reidy (30), Nibyy (15), Nixon (15) and King (15*) contributing 75 runs from number 8 down in an impressive performance. This left us bowled all out in 74.3 overs for 285. I felt that while the runs ticked over very nicely we were at times a bit loose with out stroke play and didn’t grind well enough which is why we were bowled all out. This is something we will be working on as the season progresses and batting out our 80 overs.
We came back day two knowing we would have to bowl well and grind hard to win the game. We started with off spinner Nixon Adcock and fast bowling Anthony Jongen who were hard to get away early. Nibby broke through with the 2nd last ball of his first spell, which was then followed by 3 wickets to the King to leave the Burra 4/96. We continued to push hard through the overs and bowled 48 to tea with them on 143 having lost 6 wickets. After tea it was a procession as they were bowled all out for 166 having only 10 players. Nibby finished with career best figures of 15 overs 5/36 including 4 bowled. Nixon toiled away all day having a rest for only 4 overs at his end to finish with 24 overs 1/60 and was very unlucky not to take a bag of wickets. King bowled 13 overs 3/40 and was very hard to get away and turned the ball a long way. No doubt this performance will see him keep his name up for selection in the twos. Reidy delivered 4 overs of medium pace netting 0/13 in a tidy spell leading up to tea.
Overall we fielded pretty well and had a good intensity. We only missed one chance which happens and we will continue to work on our fielding in the coming weeks. We bowled them out in 56 overs which was a fantastic effort but are well aware we will need to keep this up for 80 overs at times this season.
Next week we have St. Johns – Tecoma at home who are coming off an outright win and sit 2nd, just two points behind us. They are a good side and we will need to play well to beat them and maintain our position at the top of the ladder. It is also a good opportunity for either side to get a body blow in prior to a possible meeting in March.