1st XI vs Altona Roosters Cricket Club
Round 9 provided the 1st XI with the opportunity to take on ladder leaders, Altona Roosters. Winning the toss Seddon decided to have first use of the track and Oldham and T Grant got through the opening spell to reach 0/14. Oldham nicked one on to his pad and was duly caught for the umpire to adjudge him LBW. Weerasinghe and Stevens came and went and Seddon were in a bit of a hole at 3/35. Ferry came out and was positive from the outset and together with the captain, added 38 and all but saw the home side through to the interval. With 2 balls to go, Ferry played all over a straight ball and was out for 10. Van Kruining entered the fray after the interval but was snapped up sharply without adding and Seddon were in familiar territory at 5/73. Kriebardis joined Grant and the pair added 20 before Grant placed a full toss gently to mid wicket and was out for 54. Seddon, whilst occupying the crease were becoming increasingly frustrated with the slow outfield and decided to take some calculated risks. P Grant, Webb and Kriebardis all provided useful contributions, but when Matkovic fell in the 77th over the innings was closed at 135. The consensus was the total was about 20 short.
With 3 overs to play, the Roosters, made it to stumps with no run or loss of a wicket.
Day 2 presented a slightly quicker outfield and a dead, hard wicket. Defending a meagre total was going to require discipline and patience. Seddon started steadily enough but couldn’t make the necessary breaks and Kriebardis eventually broke through, the visitors already had 37 on the board. When P Grant dislodged the captain right on the interval, Altona were 2/61 with a further 38 overs to play. The break provided Seddon with a chance to regroup, however an untidy resumption allowed them to get away again with minimal risk. The re introduction of Markovski saw Seddon make a break. Kriebardis chipped in and combined with a run out, Altona were teetering at 5/91. A missed run out opportunity could’ve dropped the visitors in a hole that may have been too hard to climb out of, but alas it wasn’t to be. A solid partnership, combined with some wayward bowling allowed Altona to reach 134 before a couple of wickets tumbled. However, ultimately the score was passed 7 down. Seddon stuck at the task manfully and did well to take the 10 wickets for 147.
An opportunity lost and some lessons to be learnt. The batting group need to ensure they bat the 80 overs if the side has any hope of making it deep into the finals. The bowling group need to be more disciplined in their approach to line and length bowling.
2nd XI vs Altona Roosters
5th XI vs a number of teams
Sundays January 8 & 15 Rounds 11 & 12: Brunswick & Flemington Colts
Bowling first against Brunswick, Chris Weitzel and Jez each took 2/21 in a score of 8/154. Jamie filled in when he came to watch and top scored with 37 not out. Despite a good start from Jez and Jasper, both with 31, we fell one short, going all out in the second last over for 153.
Bowling first again against Flemington Colts, Liam and John McLaurin each got 3/21, enabling us to have Flemington 8/114 after 36 overs. Our openers got us off to a solid start with Glenn getting 19 and Liam 35. A contribution of 30 from Laurie in the second half of the innings was insufficient to get us over the line and we once again fell victim to losing late wickets due to a slow run rate in the early and middle stages. The final score was 13 short, going all out in the last over for 101. As well as our slow run rate putting pressure on the tailenders, the difference between the two sides was the fielding. They were sharper and less sloppy, converting a couple of half chance runouts and holding their catches. We dropped a few and let through some boundaries that should have been saved.
Sundays January 22 Round 13: Doutta Stars
Neil Greelish took over as captain and immediately become the club’s most successful captain, leading the team to a resounding win over Doutta Stars. Batting first, Blair Larsen top scored with 27 in his first game with the club, getting the side to a modest total of 86. The bowlers finished the task admirably, getting Doutta out for 24 in just over 20 overs. Harsh led the way with 3/9, backed up by Kelvin 2/3 and James 2/5.
Sunday January 29 Round 14: Williamstown CYMS
Bowling first against Williamstown, their opener took to us, assisted by two difficult chances going down. After he retired with a quick 50, we got back into the game taking regular wickets and slowing the scoring rate. The best of the bowlers were James with 2/23 and Kelvin 3/39, both from 9 overs. Sandeep provided good support at the end with 3 wickets, seeing Williamstown on 9/162 after 36 overs. Our batsmen started well but lost wickets regularly and went all out in 24 overs for 76, with James Mitchell’s 38 comprising half the score.
Sunday February 5 Round 15: Flemington
Our first 4 batsmen got us off to a good start – Norm (47) and Neil (19) opened, followed by Liam (11) and Leeki (22). The rest of the team scored 10, having to stay in for the last 3 overs to avoid giving Flemington extra overs to bat. As it turned out they didn’t even need their allocated overs, getting to 3/127 before the game was called off. Leeki was the best of the bowlers with 1/21 from 6 overs, but no bowler was able to meet the required economy rate of 3.2 RPO. We were beaten by a better side, partly due to a player pulling out on the day. Almost every week we lose a player less than 24 hours before the game, which weakens the team and wastes considerable time. We need to field a much stronger team for the next 2 weeks to have a chance of making the finals.