1st X1 Vs East Keilor
Losing the toss and being asked to bowl first on a flat pitch at East Keilor was not what the Seddon boys were after. However within 45 minutes it looked like a great result with the hosts 4 for 19 in the warmish conditions. O’Connor and Mamidi amongst the wickets in a new look new ball combination. A further double strike by Mackey had the East Keilor boys in deeper trouble at 6 for 64. A disciplined partnership by the captain and the wicket keeper ensured the total would pass 100, however on the stroke of tea a vital break to Mamidi saw the hosts slip to 7 for 94. With the attack tiring and the breeze getting up, the bowlers toiled hard amid some heavy lower order hitting which ultimately saw East Keilor get to a solid 192. 4 wickets to O’Connor was great reward for disciplined line and length bowling. 2 each to Mamidi in his first game back for the club and Mackey was also pleasing.
With 6 overs to face Seddon had the opportunity to make some inroads into the total, however losing Shah on the 3rd ball of the innings was not the start Seddon were after. Van Kruining and Godakanda saw the visitors through to stumps without further loss. With Seddon 1 for 11, day 2 was going to be a make or break day for Seddon, but due to the torrential rainfall that fell during the week, no play was possible on Day 2 and Seddon had to settle for a draw.
2nd X1 Vs East Keilor
First game after the break and it is on the Saturday at East Keilor’s number two ground adjacent to the 1sts match. Hanmer Reserve is still out of action. I lose the toss and East Keilor elect to bat first. Two umpires are in attendance – they earn their fees during the first (and only) days play.
Markovski snared the wicket of East Keilor’s Hackney (remember that name!) in the first over with the score on zero. Mitch Nicholls took the easiest of catches in his first game for the club. East Keilor then batted very well to move the score to 1/71, although the definition of plumb LBW differed greatly between the umpire and bowler Davies! 1/71 soon became 3/71, as Matt Rae then D’Souza snared the wickets of the father & son Walsh combination. The fourth wicket fell at 116 just before the tea break, with D’Souza snaring his second wicket.
After the break, containment from Rae, Markosvki and Davies dried up the runs, whereby East Keilor were all out for 166 in 60 overs, with 6/38 from 22 overs after tea. Rae contributed with 4/49, Markovski 3/42 and D’Souza 2/19. Davies was again denied more than his one wicket as not once but twice in the one over the umpire had a separate interpretation of the LBW rule as that defined under the Laws of Cricket….
We were left with 20 overs to bat in the day. Butera and Tzambazakis opened the batting, with Tzamba bowled neck and crop for two and the score on 10. Rae came and went for a duck with the score on 15, followed shortly after by Butera with the score on 23 to a dubious catch in second slip. East Keilor had the upper hand with the score on 3/23, confidence sky high – maybe too confident with their ridiculous appeals just about every ball – and the conditions getting gloomier by the minute.
Then all hell breaks loose! Jasper was batting with young Mitch Nicholls. Twice East Keilor appealed for LBW with Grieves on strike, twice the umpire turned down the appeal. East Keilor appealed for LBW and caught (go figure) on the second appeal, with both appeals rejected.
Grieves and Nicholls batted very well until the end of the day, considering the circumstances and the gloomier conditions. We ended the day at 3/58, with Grieves on 16 and Nicholls on 11.
Day two was called off due to something different for season ’10/11 – heavy rain lashing Melbourne all week!! The match ended in a draw, although this match had plenty of drama to rival a five day Test match.