Season 2011/12 – Round 4 Summary

1st X1 vs Barkley Street Uniting Cricket Club

Losing the toss and being invited to bat first by the Barkly St Uniting capain, in very good conditions was a pleasant surprise for the Seddon boys. However that is where the joy ended. Losing Stevens in the first over for 0, was not the ideal start. T Grant and Weerasinghe started a mini partnership before the Sri Lankan fell caught at point cutting a half tracker. Oldham joined Grant and kept the score ticking. Grant played all over a straight one and was LBW for 17. Some ordinary shot selection and some good bowling saw Seddon collapse to 9/57. P Grant and Weitzell added some respectability to the score adding 28 to get the total to 87. A poor display and with 25 overs to play Seddon had plenty of work to do.

A smart innings by the Barkly St Uniting opener who hit the bad balls (and some good balls) to the fence got the hosts away to a flier. Being a bowler down, Seddon had limited options with the ball and despite a smart run out by J. Grieves and a sharp caught behind by Webb off Weerasinghe, the home side were too polished and passed the total in the last over of the day. This proved to be handy as the second say was completely washed out.

Much work to do with the bat for the Seddon boys in the home fixture against Seabrook this week.

2nd X1 vs Barkley street Uniting Cricket Club

= still to come =

3rd X1 vs Greenvale Cricket Club

Winning the toss and electing to bowl handed us an early victory with only 10 Greenvale players in attendance.
Rowie and Amogh opened the bowling with good consistent pressure applied during the opening spell that was rewarded with a wicket each. Stowie was able to further apply the pressure taking 3 wickets in a 7 over spell before tea. With Greenvale 5 for 44 we were in control, however post tea Greenvale wrestled back momentum with some handy 20-30 partnerships, with some cross bat hitting. Rolphy, Pup, Arni and Amogh eventually cleaned up the tail, with a wicket apiece with Greenvale all out for 144 in the 50th over.

With 94 overs to make the runs, the focus was on patience and wicket preservation. While Johnno showed plenty of patience, he edged and was caught in the slips, Jamie followed shortly after with a blinding catch at point. Stowie and Phil batted with next week in mind, playing patient and straight. With 7 balls remaining in the days play Stowie was bowled playing over a good paced Yorker. Rolphy and Phil were able to see out the last over setting the scene for an interesting days play finishing at 3/27. With Rain and Pricey’s 5am phantom destroying any chance of victory for either team, the game was declared a draw due to excessive water on the pitch.

4th X1 vs GreenVale Cricket Club

DAY 1:
A glorious day greeted the Seddon boys as we congregated at the Greenvale ground,
The day started off well with the toss of the coin going Seddon’s way and electing to bat on an absolute belter….
The two openers Sri Kancherla and Pete Tzamba got off to respectable start being 0/43 at drinks…then shortly after drinks and only 12 runs added to the partnership when disaster struck with Sri being too overzealous and wanting to take a single straight to a fieldsmen in close had the skipper burned and run out 3-4 yards short of the crease and gone for 32.
Enter Bazza (Barry) Richards, he and Sri continued to plot along and at tea the score was 1/65…
We retired to the shed for afternoon tea (literally a shed) with some fancy food on offer a comment was made, “feel like we should have been served some red wine with this” to which a Greenvale player responded ”you don’t drink red with salmon”….thanks mate

After tea was done, Barry and Sri only put on another 11 runs when Sri was given LBW plumb in front for 29, 2/76….(though the Greenvale lads claim it was and even up for running the skipper out) but the writer can definitively say it was plumb….Steve Callis reports to the crease to assert his authority with some success with him and Bazza putting on 42 before getting carried away with his big hitting and being eventually caught for 26 3/118. Dan Thomas came to the crease with a bit of a nervous start manage to stick around and put on a partnership of 30 with Bazza . Then Dan was dismissed for 8 runs with the score at 4/148 and the over’s at 64 the instructions were to start pushing the run rate along during which Bazza passed the half century mark and the wickets of young Hayden (3), Rhys Garry (2) Timmy Weitzel (1) Ross Adams (1) Jacko Grieves (0) all fell to be all out in the 72nd over for the score to finish on 10/174 and Bazza left stranded on 55

Honourable Mentions: to the whole side for forgetting about the horrid batting effort the game before and batting out the overs and posting a total in which we can defend competitively…
big Bazza for batting for almost 50 over’s for his runs

And also Alex gill 0 not out….(with out facing a ball) he was pretty pleased with that saying “I’ll take out the red ink award if i keep putting in efforts like that”
might have to look into the rules, think you might have to face a ball mate…

Day 2: was washed out with one half of the pitch resembling a pond
End result a draw….

look forward to next week and getting on the park against Altona North….

5th X1 Doutta Stars Cricket Club & Aberfeldie Cricket Club

Sundays November 13 & 20 Rounds 5 & 6: Doutta Stars & Aberfeldie
For a skipper who hadn’t played in a winning team for 13 months, 2 wins in a row is almost a premiership. Bowling first against Doutta Stars, we dismissed them for 56 in 33 overs. Timm Weitzel took 4/10 from 9 overs, Nick Brudenell 2/7 from 6, Charles Feletar 2/14 from 7 and Michael Dole and Raghva Angaluri took the other 2 wickets. Norm Kotsopoulos would have overtaken the Doutta total himself but had to retire at 50. Second top score was only 12, but with the result not in doubt it became batting practice. We eventually reached 106 from 39 overs.

Aberfeldie were a more challenging opposition. Despite the covers being on overnight, the pitch was very wet and the start was delayed by 1½ hours, reducing the game to 27 overs each. The pitch was very difficult for both teams to bat on. Aggressive batting throughout the Seddon innings saw all 11 batsmen used and the total of 72 was defendable with an unpredictable pitch and a very slow outfield. The only players to get to double figures were Nick (19) and Arva (15). Everyone gave their wicket away trying to increase the run rate, except Arva. He gave Charles Feletar’s wicket away trying to increase the run rate, with some extreme backing up. It is the 5ths, but even here if the ball is hit straight back to the bowler the non-striker shouldn’t really be at the batsman’s end when the bowler receives the ball.

Accurate bowling by Timm (3/17 from 7 overs) and Nick (0/9 from 7) had the visitors well behind the required run rate at drinks. This changed when the game’s top scorer came in and hit good and bad balls to the boundary. The game was still up for grabs in the last over with Doutta Stars needing 7 to draw. On the second last ball their big hitter was stumped and all fielders were sent to the boundary to prevent a 6 from the last ball of the day. It was a dot ball, giving Seddon a win by 6 and Harsh Chaudhary 2/12 from 4 overs. Michael Van Wilgenburg bowled well with little luck to get 1/5 from 4 overs.

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