Round 8 Summary
A disappointing couple of weekends has ended Seddon’s chances of qualifying for the finals. Winning the toss and batting on a very good wicket but slow outfield, Seddon started cautiously losing Van Kruining early but worked to get to the now familiar stage of 1/30. Again the loss of Shah and Stevens in quick succession saw Seddon slip to 3/35. Grant and Godakanda mounted a solid partnership of 42 before Grant’s untimely dismissal in the sahdows of tea left Seddon at 4/72. Godakanda and Kriebardis saw the home side through to the interval and at 4/83 were in a useful position. The loss of Kriebardis not long after the resumption saw Seddon slip to 5/99. Webb joined Godakanda, but when Godakanda fell for a well compiled and patient 49, Seddon were looking at a modest total. O’Connor joined Webb and the pair took the score to 148 before a flurry of quick wickets saw Seddon dismissed for a sub par score of 163. Again the loss of quick wickets prevented Seddon from being able to post a more challenging target. With the season on the line, a disciplined effort with the ball and in the field was going to be required.
Turning up on day 2 to the sight of a freshly mown outfield was not the sight the home side were after and despite bowling with a tight line couldn’t muster an early breakthrough. Matkovic was brought on with what little breeze there was and had immediate effect. With Mackey chipping in with one also, Jacana fell to a somewhat similar position to what Seddon found themselves in at 3/39. From here it was game on. A dropped chance first ball from the Jacana captain allowed Jacana to rally and inch their way closer to the target. Kriebardis nipped in with 2 quick wickets and going to tea on 5/99 Seddon were in with a genuine chance of picking up the much needed win. After tea, Jacana settled in and with the aid of some sloppy fielding passed the total quite comfortably. A couple fo cheap wickets at the end brought some resepctability to the score, however at 8/251 at the conclusion the chance of finals cricket had passed Seddon by. Now the team has a fight on their hands to stave off relegation.
Seddon 194 defeated Hoppers crossing 116
Having won the toss, we elected to Bat on a pitch that was firm with plenty of grass cover. We lost Ragz early to a great in close catch, from that point, J. R Dubya was rock solid, supported by Groover building a partnership of 65. Both were dismissed in their 30’s before Tea. Adam & glen were able to steady the ship before and after tea building a 30 run partnership, before Adam was bowled by a big turning offy that took his stumps while attempting to drive over the top. Glen, Muz, Jamie & Brent all contributed to the total, going out striving for a higher run rate. It was Macca who was able to take advantage of the fatiguing bowlers with an Adam Gilchrist like 49 off as many balls to push our total up to a defendable score. Being all out with four overs to bowl was the cream on top for arguably the thirds best day of cricket for the year with Rowey claiming two scalps for as many runs.
Rowey continued the onslaught in week two claiming another 3 wickets ripping the hoppers top order to shreds, he was well supported by macca, muz, jamie and Brent who bowled tight. Adam Bernhardt was thrown the ball late on day two and cleaned up the hoppers tail in his first over taking 2 for 2. The fielding was first class, led by a solid display of keeping by Vu, taking some great catches and was able to keep a clean sheet in the byes department.
Defending a score of 128 from 63 overs was always going to be difficult against the top team. No-one has bowled Hoppers Crossing out this year, so we needed to become the first and to do it quickly since they had averaged 3.6 runs per over batting this season.
We gave it our best shot, using 10 bowlers and 3 wicketkeepers. But maybe some more batsmen were needed, with only 4 reaching double figures – Raghva 37, Tilly 26, Ani 23 and Damien 12. At tea, our accurate bowling and spirited fielding had restricted Hoppers to 89 runs from 46 overs, by far their slowest batting for the year. If we had made another 40 runs it would have become a contest, but the Hoppers batsmen were playing a patient and disciplined game as preparation for their finals campaign and only lost one wicket.
They passed us with 5 wickets in hand and 14 overs to spare, at which stage we gave the ball to a few players who haven’t had the chance to bowl much this year. Whilst we may not have discovered any startling fresh talent, there were some lessons to be learned:
1. We can stay in for most of a 72 over game, but need to develop the skills and strategies to increase our scoring rate. Putting away the loose ball and turning over the strike to avoid a maiden are two things to work on.
2. Running between wickets is possibly our biggest weakness. Each week it costs us at least one run out, often due to a disparity in approaches between the two runners. It also costs us many lost runs. This was clearly demonstrated by Hoppers, running 2s where we would have been satisfied with a single and disrupting our momentum with regular singles that many of us would not consider running.
3. Our fielding has been adequate, but we leak runs when the path of the ball challenges our fitness and flexibility. Many of us would do well to work on these areas in the off season.