Winning the toss and batting against Aberfeldie, Seddon lost the early wicket of Van Kruining, but Grant and 1st gamer Shah steadied the ship somewhat by getting to 31 where the wheels fell off. The dismissals of Shah, Grant and Procko in the space of 4 overs left Seddon teetering at 4/36. A useful partnership between another first gamer – Webb and Stevens saw Seddon hit the 60’s when another calamitous collapse saw Stevens, Godakanda and Webb all depart in quick succession, the latter for a well compiled 27. Seddon was in real trouble at this point and faced a battle to see out the allotted 40 overs. Kriebardis gained some support from O’Connor, Weitzel and Matkovic but not enough and ultimately Seddon were dismissed for a lowly 93 from 38 overs.
With early wickets desperately needed, a spilled catch off the second ball of the innings was not the start Seddon was looking for. Short and wide bowling allowed the visitors to get off to a flyer that couldn’t be reined in. 47 for no loss after 8 overs rendered the contest over. A wicket to Matkovic (first for the club) and a couple to Grant and Kriebardis saw Aberfeldie stumble somewhat, but ultimately managed to surpass the 93 fairly comfortably. Kriebardis with 4 wickets was the pick of the bowlers but being asked to defend 93 was too much of an ask on a good wicket.
Lots to improve on for the Seddon 1st XI and will hope to make somewhat of an improvement this week against Abefeldie Park.
After agreeing to transfer our away game against Aberfeldie to Hanmer Reserve on Sunday, I won the toss and elected to bat.
We got off to a solid start, being 2/49 after 20 overs. The batting was solid, without forcing the scoring along, during the middle to later stages of our allotted 40 overs. We ended up 9/122 after 40 overs, which in hindsight was 20-30 runs short of a competitive total.
Steve Butera batted very well scoring 52 and moved the scoring along during the middle stages of our innings. Jeff Mackey got the team off to a good start with Steve, making 19 and contributing to an opening stand of 44. The rest of the batting was not that great, apart from a solid contribution from Glenn Coyle of 16 and a little cameo from Adam Bernhardt near the end of the innings. We unfortunately lost cheap wickets trying to push the scoring along in the last 6-7 overs.
The bowling early was not ideal – in particular my 3rd over which conceded 11 runs. The bowling was much better in the 2nd half of the innings when attacking fields were set. In hindsight, going wicketless between overs 17-26 proved costly as Aberfeldie passed our score in the 38th over with six wickets down.
Sheldon bowled well to finish with 1/31 off 11 overs. Paul Rowe was solid with 0/15 off 6 overs and I contributed 2/36 off 12 overs. Jeff Mackey also got involved with 1/28 off 7 overs in his first game of cricket for a number of years. Pete Tzamba gave away only one bye (the winning run) and kept superbly in general.
There were positives to come out of the match and I thought we were very competitive for the team selected in this match. I couldn’t fault the commitment and general attitude of the lads. Even when Abers had just about passed our score, there was still a lot of talk and encouragement amongst the lads.
No play – Washout
The 4ths managed to salvage a win from a mediocre batting performance, due to some excellent bowling and good concentration in the field. After a solid opening stand of 30, wickets fell too regularly and we weren’t even able to bat out the 36 overs. Main contributors with the bat were Tilly Kriebardis, 27, Bale Velevski, 19 and Peter Arvanitis , 18. A score of 110 seemed challenging to defend so we knew we had to put the pressure on from the first ball. Opening bowlers Tilly (4/27) and recruit Nabeel Hassan (3 wickets) exploited the batsmen’s lack of match practice and were backed up well by a disciplined fielding effort and tight bowling from the only other bowlers, Nathan Greelish and Barry Richards.
After having Keilor Park 6/28 we learnt the lesson that one partnership is enough to turn a game. We struggled to break two partnerships and Keilor Park were never out of the game. They finished with 81 from 35 overs. New players Daniel Thomas, Karl Bilney and Nabeel Hassan fitted in well as did Nathan Greelish in his first game in the 4ths.
Seddon CC lost the toss and where asked to bowl first. Playing on the bottom oval our bowlers were made to work very hard for the 36 over’s. Greenvale made a large total of 7/223.
Pick of the bowlers were Jamie and Mohammed both pick up two and Ani with one.
Seddon 5th XI held its own with the bat with batting out 34 of the 36 over’s but unfortunately did not have the fire power to get to 223. In the end we were bowled out for 120 with Raghva top scoring with 42. Neil and Steve chimed in for 19 a piece.