Coming up against the reigning premier was going to be a challenge to relish for the Seddon 1st XI. Although decimated by retirements and poachings, East Keilor have been worthy opponents in the past and this was sure to be no different.
East Keilor won the toss and decided to bat first on a wicket that looked good. Wayward bowling allowed the visitors to get away to a flying start. 18 from the first 2 overs before Matkovic claimed the initial breakthrough. This proved decisive as the captain followed in the next over to Markovski and at 2/19 the balance had shifted. Regular wickets to both openers had the boys from East Keilor reeling at 5/40. Weitzel and Weerasinghe joined the action and when Matkovic chimed in with his 4th, a dismal total looked on the cards. Tom Kriebardis finished it off in the 41st over dismissing the visitors for 94.
39 overs to bat and Seddon were after a quick kill. Procko set the scene with a quick 25 and when Sandaruwan departed for 5, Seddon stalled at 2/48. Enter Udugamasooriya, and he combined with Grant to not only pass the score but set the platform for maximum points. The pair added 128 in quick time before Udugamasooriya fell for a very stylish 70. Grant (81*)and Weerasinghe (0*) saw the home side to a solid 3/180 at stumps.
Day 2 and the outright win was there for the taking. Seddon batted for a further 8 overs adding another 67, during which Grant notched his century and the declaration came at 5/247 leaving 72 overs and a lead of just over 150. East Keilor’s second innings started just as poorly with Markovski taking 2 wickets in his first over. At this point it became a matter of when and not if the maximum points would be claimed. Regular wickets to Weitzel, Sandaruwan, Udugamasooriya and Matkovic again saw East Keilor dismissed, this time for a paltry 77 inside 30 overs. With the game finishing just after 4pm, the boys were able to enjoy the rest of the club’s Saturday sides notch excellent victories.
A big test in the form of PEGS awaits as the side travels for the first time this season. Lots of Seddon boys in good form should ensure a very competitive contest.