1sts vs Tullamarine
Losing the toss at Spring St Reserve wasn’t a bad result given the deck looked like offering a little early but was going to offer turn later in the day. Being invited to bat, Seddon lost Van Kruining and Grant early before Shah and Webb settled in. Given the current lawn mower shortage in that part of town, 2-30 going into the drink break was a steady launching pad. Losing Webb and Procko either side of the break saw the innings stall. 4-34 became 5-40 when Shah was dismissed for an unorthodox 23. Kriebardis and Godakanda kept the score ticking over. Kriebardis’ 24 was particularly useful and throw in Stevens’ handy 15 not out at the end saw Seddon post 8-86 from the full allotment of overs. Possibly 15 short of what was needed and again the challenge was thrown to the Seddon bowlers.
Early breaks were required and Weitzel and Matkovic duly provided. 3/32 off 10 saw the game evenly poised. The ball was thrown to Kriebardis and Grant to try to emulate their performances from the last game. An important wicket to Grant gave the visitors the opportunity they needed. At 4-61 Seddon pounced. Further wickets to Grant and Kriebardis saw the home side slip to 7-75. 2 wickets in 2 balls, including a run out, from the bowling of Kriebardis saw Tullamarine stumble further to 9-76 and when Weitzel held onto a sharp one from Grant the victory was complete. Tullamarine were dismissed for a paltry 78 meaning Seddon had disposed of the top team 2 weeks in a row ensuring the side now has the confidence to match it with any side in the competition.
With 2-day cricket now hopefully on the horizon, a further opportunity for the batsmen to occupy the crease and build match winning partnerships will ensue. 2 important games against sides ranked similarly before Christmas give Seddon a chance to nestle inside the top 4 going into the break.
2nds vs Tullamarine
The 2nds played at home to Tullamarine in a one-dayer. We were put in to bat – good toss to lose in the end! The outfield was lush, the air humid, the wicket a tinge of green (Pounce reckoned someone would be going to hospital, possibly in a bodybag) and – as an added bonus – Pricey painted the pitch markings every which way bar straight.
Fezza and Steve Butera opened once again, with Fezza deciding he wanted to be early to his Xmas Party that night – out for 1 in the third over playing an adventurous shot! Matty Rae came in to steady the ship, putting on 25 for the 2nd wicket before Butera was caught at mid-wicket when the young bloke from Tulla stuck out his mitt and then realised he had caught the ball. Stowie then copped the same treatment – caught for 7 from a sensational catch by their captain with the score on 3/42.
Jasper then came to the crease and decided the best form of defence was attack – the Prez sometimes thinks he is 19 again! Jasper and Rae put on 19 in quick time before Rae was caught, but not before he was dropped a little earlier by a catch that was so slow through the air it went backwards when a zephyr of wind blew at the same time.
Ragz came to the crease and copped the only LBW of the match from old Les old cobber, even though the opposition captain said later they half appealed because Ragz thumped the ball into his pads. Score on 5/74. Tyrone O’Connor then came to the crease to bat with Jasper – two teenagers at the crease who ran like hares between the wickets and took their chances with the willow. The score started to tick over before Jasper was out for 22 with the score 6/98 in the 33rd over.
Mohib came to the wicket, ably assisting O’Connor to put on 35 in the last seven overs. Tyrone ended up 42 not out, with Mohib also not out on 11. We felt our final score of 6/133 off 40 overs was more than competitive and akin to 170 odd, due to the lush outfield that reduced certain boundaries to two’s, three’s to two’s etc etc.
The bowling was tight and lively early on, with the opposition 2/45 off 25 overs thanks largely to the efforts of Markovski and the unplayable O’Connor. Macca was devastated to only bowl nine overs, believing there was another 11 overs left in him! Anyway, Davies and Stow kept up the tight bowling during the middle overs – except for the pies Davies bowled in his first over – leaving the opposition to get 60-70 in their last 10-11 overs. Rae came on to offer some variety replacing Stow, going for a few early but eventually taking 4/22 off six overs. All the bowlers bowled in the right areas and to their fields, even though Rae collected the spoils late in the innings.
Great effort from the boys – cannot fault the overall effort in general. Two from the last two for the 2’s, with a big game this week against St. Albans to cement our spot in the top four before Xmas.
Third Eleven Report
Seddon (101) lost to Spotswood (138) at Home
Having won the toss and electing to bowl, on a pricey special lacking dirt or dead grass. Spotswood was able to take advantage of some early dropped chances off good bowling from Rowey & Deano. (Need to get the cradle out, also looking for a witchdoctor to remove the hex on our keepers and slip cordon).
It wasn’t until Nabeel fresh from a good sleep in, (special thanks to Rolph’s phone list & Jackson Grieves who subbed) allowed Nabeel to add some extra charge to his batteries (Vu he owes you two). Nabeel made the initial breakthrough deep into the first session of play and bowled a tidy spell thereafter. He was well supported at the other end by the wizard of wobble, steaming in off his long run up with his slow swinging dippers. Jamie finished the day with 5/57 with 12 runs off his last two balls of the innings (couldn’t help myself).
With a target of 139 we opened with Johnno and Arni who found the amazon like outfield tough to penetrate which made running between wicket decisions, complex. The same hex that has impacted our early bowling chances is having the reverse effect on our top order bats. Having smacked one out of the middle of the bat, the ball pulled up short of silly mid on, & Johnno was left short of the crease. Within a blink of an eye Arni’s bails had an argument with the top of his stumps & Arva was also back at the palm tree after making a stoic start. At 3/14 J R Dubya and Groover were able to get into double figures before they both went out trying to up the ante. It was then that Wallace also known as the wizard of willow wielding gave us some hope of a miracle win, bludgeoning 42 of as many balls, supported by Deano and Nabeel with some handy hitting.
4ths Round 5 Spotswood
Winning the toss again we batted first. Rolf (20) and Damian (17) gave us a good foundation by lasting till the 22nd over for an opening stand of 50. Do the maths and you’ll realise that extras were the second top score – good umpiring, Brent!! In the remaining 14 overs we needed to lift the run rate to give us a defendable score. With wickets in hand this should have been feasible. However, a large ground, a very slow outfield and a pinpoint bowling attack limited us to only another 50. Tilly (13) was the only other batsman to make double figures as we all went out trying to chase quick runs. Everyone was dismissed trying to do what the team required, but none of us were able to.
Chasing a small score, Spotswood started well, hitting over the infield much better than we did. They had the hitters we lacked Tilly, Nathan and Bale bowled reasonably well, but the Spotswood bats were able to wait for the loose ball, needing only 2.8 an over. They put those loose balls away much better than we did and scored 2/52 from 17 overs of medium pace. That would normally have been satisfactory but with so few runs to play with we had to try our spinners. This almost stole us the match. Rolf (4/40 from 11 overs) and Srikanth (2/11 from 8) bowled with amazing accuracy and we finally fell just short with Spotswood getting 8/104 from their 36 overs.
It was no disgrace to go down to quality opposition. Two positives were our fielding – especially a very sharp catch in the gully by Daniel Thomas – and the hope that we’ll finally get a 2 day game this week. We’re certainly not a one day batting team, with a top score of 138 and the other 3 all between 100 and 110.