FIRST XI MATCH REPORT
ROUND 3 – Vs Altona North (H)
Round 3 came around and we hosted Altona North for our first home fixture for the 17/18 Season. With a bit of drizzle around and some touchy conditions on the days leading in, losing the toss but still getting to bowl first wasn’t the worst thing we could have hoped for.
The innings started well, with Hywel Jones quickly making a name for himself as the “Early Breakthrough-er”, picking up a wicket with his second ball.
Unfortunately, when a certain opening bowler pulled up lame towards the end of his first spell, the bowling stocks were diminished. But as we know, every problem presents an opportunity, and Jak Donnison took over and bowled superbly, with his first 5 overs being maidens. How he managed to go wicketless is still beyond me!
But deservedly taking most of the bowling accolades was our own Spinning Maestro, Jesse Ravanello. Picking up 5/30 and helping to bowl Altona North out for 139, in just 53 overs.
So we had 27 overs to see out, and unfortunately we limped to 4/41 during that crucial period on Week 1, leaving us with 99 runs to chase, and 6 wickets up our sleeve.
Coming into week 2, we knew that it was imperative that we got a positive start, but losing a wicket in the first over handed early momentum to our counterparts.
Ethan McShanag did everything he could to try and drag us over the line, making a strong 44. However, despite Ethan’s best efforts, we fell 24 runs short.
Next week we saddle up again, and head out to Craigieburn to try and get the first win for the season. With a few minor adjustments to attitude and application, we are still very confident as a team unit that once we “click”, the runs, wickets, and more importantly, the results will follow.
SECOND XI MATCH REPORT
ROUND 3 – Vs Altona North (A)
Round 3 saw kp vs the old enemy Altona North. After last year we wanted to put up a bit more of a fight.
Playing at Altona North i lost the toss and we got sent in.
Stany and dill battled through with dill the aggressor sending anything over pitched to the boundary, while Stany at the other end rotating the strike and looking solid.
The boys put on a nice little partner ship before Dill skyed one and was out for 19. Stany teamed up with Kye at number 3 and both looked solid until Stan fell for 15. GB came in at 4 and batted really well with Kye rotating the strike and looking solid. Kye fell for 3 and Dave came in at 5 for a very brief 8 balls getting trapped lbw.
The came the resistant second year twos player AB. GB and AB batted real well and were making things look easy until GB was out for 19.
AB combined well with Andy Carroll the pair trying to increase the run rate. Andy fell for 8 and Nath Jonson made 1. AB continued and played some amazing strokes, unfortunately fell 3 short of 50 making 47. Keiran also batted real well and showed some fight making 8.
Old heads Pete and Morgs got together and really worked well together trying to move the score along with some lusty hitting and good rotation of the strike.
Pete was the last wicket getting trapped in front in the 78th over the day making a very well played 16, leaving Morgs at the other end not out 8.
The boys managed to get 150 on the board giving the bowlers something to work with.
Day 2 saw warmer conditions. Pete and dill opened bowling some nice line and length with little assistance from the pitch. Both boys picking up a wicket each bowling 16 and 17 overs for day. Dill finished with 1/41 off 16 and Pete 1/27 off 17.
GB, Morgs and AB bowled very tidy and scoring became harder with the boys bowling very tight and the rest of the team throwing themselves around in the field.
Seeing that nothing was happening we tried to force the issue making changes trying to unsettle the batsman and getting through the overs as quick as we can.
Unfortunately in the 60th over Altona North overtook our score.
The boys gave everything for 60 0vers. Just not enough on the board.
GB finished with 0/15 off 9, Morgs 1/24 off 12, AB 0/26 off 8 and Nath Johnson bowling very well finished off with 0/23 off his 7.
All in all a decent performance with a lot of positives coming from it!!!
A lot can be taken out of this game with areas of improvement needed.
THIRD XI MATCH REPORT
ROUND 3 – Vs Sunshine (A)
The 3rds travelled out to Sunshine for our 2nd game of the year. As always this time of year with the races on its hard to fill a team, and we only could travel with 10.
Sunshine finished in the top 4 last year and had a big hitting team. We lost the toss and bowled first on what looked like a very green bowling deck. It kept low early which made my brain tick to how low it would get as the day went on.
We opened with with Stuey & Hitesh who both bowled extremely well picking up 2 wickets in the fist 8 overs. We dropped their number 3 twice early in his innings which proved to be very costly as he went on to make 54. Along with his innings we bowled far too many wides which between the 2 added an extra 74 runs to chase.
We opened up the batting with Rhys and Josh who looked solid and confident early, but with a pitch keep very low and some good bowling we lost some early wickets. Chad again came to the crease at 3 after a long day of excellent keeping and was unbeaten on 31. The rest of the team could not get a start and we go trundled for 50!!!!!! Besides Chads top innings, the only other positive is we got back to the sheds from some cold brews and got to see Winx win her 3rd Cox Plate…
Next week we are back on our home deck and look to move on from yesterdays performance and get back on the winners list against Whyndam Vale.
Hope to see some supporters get out to encourage the lads for a big game.