Round 3 saw us finally faced with some good conditions for cricket. Winning the toss and inviting Aberfeldie Park to bat first, Tom Matkovic got us way to a great start with 2 early wickets to leave our hosts reeling at 2/10. Sheldon D’Souza was no balled out of the attack forcing the ball to be thrown to Tyrone O’Connor. Matkovic and O’Connor bowled with great energy and when Matkovic struck again, the Parkers were 3/40. From here they steadied with a solid partnership of 40. The introduction of Kriebardis and Grant changed the game. Wickets to both put the brakes on and combined with a couple of run outs ensured Aberfeldie Park’s 115 shouldn’t prove to be insurmountable. ‘Keeper Mark Webb’s contribution with the gloves (3 catches and 1 stumping) was again very solid.
Seddon’s innings got away to a terrible start with Asif Shah throwing his wicket away with an undisciplined swipe in the second over. Grant joined Van Kruining and set Seddon onto the path of victory. At 1/39 from 15, Van Kruining (20) mistimed a pull shot dragging the ball onto his stumps, then 2 overs later Grant (16) was adjudged LBW. At 3/44 the game was evenly balanced. Unfortunately Seddon couldn’t generate a match winning partnership from this point and regular wickets left the tail with far too much to do. Tyrone O’Connor fought manfully scoring a rapid 29 to keep the rate required at just on a run a ball, but when he fell Seddon’s chances of victory went with him and ultimately Seddon finished at 9/101.
Another disappointing performance with clearly more work required on the track. The long awaited introduction of 2-day cricket this weekend should provide Seddon with the opportunity to focus on building partnerships and occupying the crease.
The 2nds played at home against Aberfeldie Park in a one-dayer. We lost the toss and were put into bat.
Very disappointing effort with the bat – all out for 79 in the 30th over. Two batsman only made over double figures – Steve Butera with 20 and Pete Tzamba with 15. Steve batted very well until miscuing a full toss to mid-on. Pete Tzamba batted very well with the lower order. Five ducks from the top nine bats didn’t help. Jasper was unlucky – speared the ball back to the bowler whose hands happened to be where the ball was!
I believe and hope the batting effort can be put down to three of the top five bats having their first hit out this season and may have been a little rusty. The umpire didn’t help with some of his interpretations of the LBW rule – giving out four of our batsman in this fashion (three had to be seen to be believed).
With the bowling, we had a small total to defend but started off OK with an early wicket. Unfortunately their opening bat was dropped twice early in his innings, eventually going on to make a scratchy 64. They then proceeded to score a bit too easily off our bowlers, eventually passing our total with three wickets down. Macca bowled well into the breeze, taking a wicket and unlucky not to have one or two more. Stowie came on after our total had been passed and bowled exceptionally well – bowling a tight line & length and mixing up his deliveries. Stowie’s 7/10 was well deserved and a great effort. There’s still some petrol left in the big fellas tank!
We eventually dismissed Aberfeldie Park for 133 in the 40th over. We batted for a further 10 overs to complete the day, scoring 4/34.
Whilst it is disappointing to be 0-2 after two games, I believe our batting and bowling can improve due to the talent & experience at the club and within the 2nds, which I’m sure will lead to wins in the near future.
In a close contest that was decided by a boundary in the last over of the day, Seddon 9/126 were def by Flemington 5/129.
Having completed the post mortem on the result, it was the missed opportunities that made the difference in the end. Dropped half chances, miss fields, sharper running between wickets etc, to which the whole team contributed.
Having won the toss and deciding to bat,
Sandeep, Jamie, Neil, Peter and John all got starts, touching double figures, but were dismissed trying to push the run rate along. Ragz was the stand out with 29 off as many balls.
Flemington got away to a solid start with some cross bat shots off some good bowling by Dean and Ani. They were backed up well with Sandeep and Murray who were able to put the clamp on the run rate with some tight bowling, Murray being the pick of the bowlers taking all 5 wickets. He was unlucky not to have a few more with some dropped half chances.
When the pressure was on, in the final over’s of the game, I felt everyone was up to the challenge and dug deep which was pleasing. The fielding and vibe in the field got better as the day wore on. Some good catches were taken by Deano, Phil and Ragz which helped us get back in the game.
Whilst I was disappointed not to come away with a win, I was happy with the effort and believe we can improve on that performance, which I am sure will lead to wins in the future.
The training focus during the week of batsmen avoiding 3 dot balls in a row was valuable preparation. Unfortunately only 2 of today’s 11 were at training to practise working the ball around. Consequently, we batted too slowly, played out too many maidens and conceded way too many dot balls when there were wickets in hand. Turning the strike over is a skill we’ll need to develop for the next one-dayers.
Whilst the pitch favoured the bowlers early we still needed to get more than the 106 we managed. The only bats to get past 20 did so by backing themselves in some aggressive strokeplay – Tilly Kriebardis, 24, and Nabeel Hassan, 21.
Better running between wickets throughout may have seen the total get closer to 120. Flemington’s running between wickets was aggressive, whereas our’s featured regular examples of not backing up, not running the first one hard and generally putting no pressure on the fielders.
Early dropped catches off Nabeel and some sloppy fielding put us behind the eight ball. Rolf Tamburro went close to pulling off an unlikely victory with 7/31 of 10.1 overs, including the danger batsman caught superbly on the boundary by Nathan Greelish. A direct hit runout by Raghava Angaluri with one stump to aim at was the only other highlight in a mediocre fielding effort. For batsmen, bowlers and fielders the message must be to get to training and practise purposefully.
Having only 10 players we were hoping to win the toss and bat to give our 11th player whoever he may be a chance to turn up.
This was not to be the case as the toss was lost, we had to bat 1st and our 11th player who may not yet be even born did not arrive to take his place in the team.
Ball one saw an edge go through the vacant 2nd slip at waist height were of course the mysterious 11th fielder, lets say would have been. The batsman went on to make an unbeaten 50 and be compulsory retired. Having held them to 7/160 cc, we thought we were in with somewhat of a chance. All the bowlers toiled hard and had to do their share of the work into the strong breeze, pick of the bowlers was ever reliable James Mitchell with figures of 2/24 off 9 overs, the last 2 with a strained hamstring (softie).
Playing his first of hopfully many senior games was junior player Michael Van Wilgenburg, his figures were 1/27 off 7 overs.
Great and enthusiastic fielding by the pasty white as we call him, Tom Sharp created a runout.
The batting didn’t get off to the best of starts but at 2 for 25 off 6 it was not disastrous. Enter 2 old stagers, Ian Dougie Walters 60 years and Neil Curly Greelish 53 years, with plenty of 1s and 2s a couple of 3s and not many boundaries their partnership of 77 off 19 overs was just what the side needed. Exit 2 old stagers, yes stagers, Dougie making 44 and Curly 35. The batting fell away a bit after that even though we had the prince (punce) of batting Geoff Price 0 until James Mitchell came in at number 10 and made a quick fire 16 before being bowled in the last over of the match, and being one player short it meant we were all out and the opposition rightfully claimed there ten wickets. The Seddon total was all out for 140 leaving us 21 runs short of victory.
Other highlights of the day were 2 extraordinary pieces fielding by the prince, one a superb slips catch around ankle height and the 2nd a classic bit of entertaining when another slips chance went the prince’s way, only this time it hit him everywhere except the hands and finally knocked him over. You could have been there to see it number 11, oh well maybe next time.