First X1 vs Footscray United
Losing the toss and being invited to bat after a delay of 30 minutes due to holes in the covers, Seddon started cautiously. Van Kruining and Shah nudged them around to get the score to 20 before Van Kruining fell. Godakanda joined Shah and these two put on an entertaining 20 run partnership before Shah (22) fell trying to go for one big shot too many. Stevens joined Godakanda, and the pair pushed the score to 57. Here the wheels fell off somewhat. The dismissals of Godakanda (21), Kriebardis (7), Grant (2) and Stevens (11) saw Seddon slip to 6/76. The rest of the order contributed small amounts to see Seddon dismissed in the 38th over for a competitive 108. Failing to bat out the full allotment gave the Seddon boys something concerning to think about over a cup of tea and a sandwich.
Early wickets, combined with tight bowling was the order of the day for Seddon, something that is all too familiar. Fortunately Weitzel and Mamidi delivered on both accounts. At 2/17 after 10, Seddon were on track to cause another boilover similar to the last time the sides met when Seddon claimed a remarkable 6/3 to win by 2 runs. With the temperature rising, both in the air and on the pitch, and the opening bowlers tiring, Grant turned to the spin combination of himself and Kriebardis to tighten the screws even more. Several tight overs saw Footscray United struggle to 2/57 off 30 and the game in the balance. Kriebardis struck a telling blow by removing Jeffery with a smart catch low down by Webb. Another wicket to Kriebardis and one to Grant, Footscray were limping toward victory. Some lusty blows that cleared the fence enabled the home side to get over the line in the 40th over. With 2 more overs to face, they managed to knock up a few more to end on 6/127.
Second X1 vs Footscray United
Third Eleven At Home v Aberfeldie
Having lost the toss and asked to pad up, Ragz & Adam gave us what ultimately proved to be a match winning opening 40 run partnership. Runs were hard to come by, playing a youthful Aberfeldie, coupled with a ridiculously slow out field. Within a blink of an eye we were 4 down struggling to cope with conditions following some poor decisions running between wickets, and aggressive stroke play trying to up the run rate. The wickets continued to tumble with the scoreboard only idling along. Glen Coyle was able to anchor the tail by batting until the 35th over, while also hitting some much needed boundaries. Being all out for 82, the feeling was upbeat, as everyone felt scoring was tough, with some uneven bounce & slow out field.
Sheldon was handed the new ball and carved through the Aberfeldie Top order taking 3 for 0 in his first over ending the day with a match winning bag of five for little runs including a hat trick chance. He was well supported by Rowe, Stowe & Muz taking 1,2 & 2 respectively. Muzza eventually caught his 500th wicket for the club taking more bites than a starving Piranha. Aberfeldie were all out for 64.
4ths Round 9 Strathmore
With a very underprepared pitch, the toss was always going to be a good one to win and we didn’t. Sent in to bat, we struggled to rotate the strike, playing out 16 maidens and being saved by a wide in two other overs. Once again our running between wickets was exposed, with three runouts bringing our season total to 12. Four ducks didn’t help either. The only highlight was some good controlled hitting by Deano. He came to the crease in the 17th over with the score at 5/12 and made 22 from 11.3 overs. A minor highlight – or should I say embarrassment? – is that in mid-February we finally managed to bat the full over allocation for the first time, losing our tenth wicket on the last ball of the 36th over. More embarrassing was that we only had 49 on the board, our lowest score for the season. This had allowed the opening bowler to bowl unchanged for 18 overs, taking 6/10.
Our bowlers bowled well, but without luck. Srikanth took two wickets, and Tilly, Dean and Ani one each. No catches were dropped and the fielding was tight. But we needed a lot of luck and the edges always flew wide or high. Strathmore batted well to finish with 5/104 on a pitch that may have improved marginally but was still quite challenging.