Round 3 against Altona Roosters, our opponents from last season’s premiership, was relocated to Hanmer Reserve and the Seddon 1st XI looked to take full advantage of the home ground. Altona won the toss and decided to bat first. At 2 for 1 after the first over and with both openers back in the changeroom, the Roosters batsmen weren’t backing up the skipper’s call. Tom Matkovic struck again, taking the captain’s wicket to leave them at 3 for 5, the rout was on. Continual wickets had Roosters in all sorts of bother with the score on 56 for 8, a partnership was being cried out for. A couple of guys stuck around and enabled the ‘hosts’ to reach 114. Matkovic’s first ever 5 wicket haul was the highlight. He was well supported by Udugamasooriya, Markovski and Weerasinghe.
36 overs to play should have been ample time to Seddon to wrap up first innings points, but some wasteful batting and some rather ordinary LBW interpretations saw Seddon close the day 14 short with 4 wickets in hand. Procko got the innings going with a sharp 32. Jason Grieves and Stevens had the game on their bats. Day 2 saw Seddon eke over the line for the loss of only Stevens. The innings was declared closed at this point with Grieves unbeaten on 29.
70 overs still to play and the opportunity for outright points was still on offer. Altona played more positively in the second innings and with wickets to Kriebardis (3) and Sandurawan (2), Altona closed their innings with a lead of 156. 33 overs left and maximum points were very uch on offer, however 2 wickets in the first 3 overs put paid to any chase and Seddon held out 6 down to claim a very good first innings victory. Udugamasooriya (37*) and Grieves (2*) took the red ink on offer.
T20 awaits followed by an important clash against last year’s premier of the division – East Keilor.