The season eventually got under way with a home game against Sunshine United. Winning the toss, Seddon had no hesitation in batting. When Procko departed with the score on 0, the decision may have been hasty. Weerasinghe, back for another season, entered the fray and with the skipper, Grant, put on a healthy 72 run stand to give Seddon the upper hand. When Weerasinghe played all over a straight one and was dismissed for 37, new boy, Udugamasooriya had his opportunity to display his wares. He and Grant took the score to 115 before Grant fell for 56 to an undisciplined swipe in the shadows of tea. This brought Jason Grieves to the crease and the pair added 20 before Grieves fell adjudged LBW. Kriebardis and Chamberlain came and went soon after and at 6/150, the good early work was threatening to unravel. Van Kruining joined Udugamasooriya for a match winning partnership of 95, when Udugamasooriya fell for a well compiled 98. Van Kruining continued on to register his 50 before falling lazily for 51. Thota, Weitzel and Matkovic added valuable runs to see Seddon close a solid 9/278.
Day 2 saw the Kennard’s blowers out to ensure play got under way on time. Matkovic struck an early double blow and at 2/3, the visitors were reeling. Another couple of breaks to Weerasinghe saw Sunshine United slump to 4/37. A useful partnership of 45 gave United some faint hope of reviving their chase. Kriebardis put the clamps on and with a couple of timely wickets again had the United boys under more pressure. With wickets now falling regularly to Matkovic, Grant and finally Kriebardis, Sunshine United were eventually dismissed for 156.
14 overs saw the Seddon boys chase some extra batting points. Some good bowling and profligate batting saw the home side finish a disappointing 4/19.
A very good performance first up and with last year’s beaten Grand Finalists, Altona Roosters, to come the chance for more points beckons and the opportunity to continue getting the season heading in the right direction.