Season 2011/12 – Round 1 Wrap Up

1sts Vs St Andrews Cricket Club

osing the toss and being asked to bat first by the St. Andrew’s captain was an unexpected bonus. The track looked good and the outfield wet – ideal batting conditions for Grant and Stevens to go about setting a defendable target. Some loose early bowling allowed the openers to get through to the 10th over at 28 for no loss – a good start, however, the next few overs saw Seddon lose their way. Stevens was first to go popping up a ball to be taken well at slip, Grant followed 3 balls later with a reckless swipe resulting in a well taken catch at point. James Oldham in his first league hit for Seddon, became acutely aware of the hit pad = out lbw rule, when he defended his first ball – not the start he or the team was hoping for. Procko followed within 2 balls having his leg stump uprooted. At 4/33 the side was crying out for a partnership. Weerasinghe and and Van Kruining duly set out on the task of rebuilding. Weerasinghe was also welcomed to Aus with another dubious LBW decision. Nicholls came and went without scoring and the home side were teetering on 6/56. Webb joined Van Kruining for the match winning partnership. The pair added 71 in good time to allow the side to post 9/146 at the conclusion. A great fightback piloted by Van Kruining who scored 73 not out.

The task of defending the total was going to require discipline. Weitzell duly produced – 6 overs for 7 including 4 maidens put the visitors under immediate pressure. Matkovic chimed in with a wicket, along with one each to Weerasinghe and Nicholls to have St. Andrews 3 for 46 at the half way stage. Tight bowling was required and Grant and Kriebardis held their nerve to deny St. Andrew’s the victory keeping them 12 runs short. A well fought out win despite a number of opportunities going begging and giving the side plenty to work on as they now have 2 weeks off courtesy of some creative VTCA scheduling.

2nds vs St Andrews Cricket Club

So it was the new look Seddon 2nd XI ventured to Braybrook for their first competitive match of the 2011/12 West B2 cricket season. The Seddon boys arrived at the picturesque
Pennell Reserve on a typically gloomy, cold, wet and windy Melbourne spring afternoon. Set amidst an idyllic backdrop of industrial warehouses, smash repair shops and a
housing commission estate, it was destined to be an interesting day.

Whilst the majority of the deck was fine, it was the large damp patches on good lengths at both ends that were cause for some concern, especially to the batsmen. Opinion was
sought from the elder statesman of the team; unfortunately Macca, resembling a Roman Emperor at the Coliseum, gave it the thumbs down.

A few of the St Andrews boys joined us in the centre and suggested that ‘they had played on worse’.

El Presidente Jasper Grieves finally arrived 25 minutes late with ubiquitous Seddon legend Jim Tzambazakis. El Presidente and his $80k plus hairdressers toy car could
only fit the driver, hence why Jim followed in hot pursuit in his $1k lemon with young Nathan ‘Fanta Pants’ Greelish in tow.

Concensus was to wait and see what the weather brought us before making a decision on play, but the cloud, drizzle and lack of wind was not a particularly positive portent.
‘Glenroy’ Coyle creatively suggested if the pitch was eventually deemed unplayable, then an 11 a side Aussie Rules match should be played over 4 x 15 minutes quarters to
determine the winner of the match and allocation of competition points. Seddon veterans Jasper and Sting suggested 5 minute quarters might be more appropriate. Either way,
Macca took the initiative and put his hand up for the Green Vest. The concept was put to the opposition but as expected, they were against that idea also. In lieu, a spontaneous
game of ‘kick to kick’ was decided upon while the boys waited for some clement weather to dry the pitch.

So the pig skin was produced and two ‘teams’ took up position 35 meters or so from each other. New recruit Jackson Spencer displayed typical Gen Y slacker ambivalence by
languidly plucking hangers out of the air despite being burdened with thongs, headphones and tracksuit pants. Sheldon ‘Capper’ D’Souza demonstrated a somewhat awkward
kicking style that drew inspiration from James Manson, Cale Morton and a 4 year old girl. When asked if he was left or right footed by Jasper, Sheldon coolly replied “They
are both preferred, man”. Steve Butera aka ‘The Hat’ channeled Luke Power with his dinky 25 metre left foot stab passes. Lethal was heard to wonder if, in The Hat’s footy
playing days, he wore a helmet in the style of Shaun Hart or Nathan Burke. More skills were on show; a barefoot Sting blasted torpedo after torpedo (called ‘screw punts’ where
Sting is from) and BOT (Paul Grant, Brother of Tim), inspired by either the Rugby Union World Cup or old Fox Footy replays, brought back the dropkick (much to the delight of
veteran Macca who remembers being taught that the dropkick was the ONLY way to kick by Charlie Sutton when he was a young fella – well, we knew he was old….)

1pm came and went. The pitch was inspected by the umpires. A ‘wait and see’ verdict was reached. So the Seddon boys showed their intent by camping out pitchside. The
author thinks it was more to do with an old philosophy his parents taught him: ‘there is safety in numbers’. Either way, the umpires sauntered out at 1.30pm and had another
look at the pitch. Macca mentioned that he thought Stevo was supposed to be playing cricket in the Seddon 1st XI and was surprised to see him umpiring. Lethal suggested
Stevo must need the cash with 13 kiddies to feed and, living in Ballarat, a petrol bill that would make a Sheik weep.

Unsurprisingly, the inspection yielded little change in the state of the track and the match was called off. There was only one thing for it. Head for the greener pastures of Seddon
to watch the 1st XI.

From Matt ‘Sting’ Rae, on behalf of Leigh Davies.

3rds vs Flemington Cricket Club

While the book reads Seddon lost the toss, I feel we had a win when we were sent in. Stowie and Ragz got us away to a perfect start with an opening partnership in the fifties. Within a blink of an eye we were 7/89 staring down the barrel of a major collapse. However Sandeep Alfred and Liam Braithwaite steadied the ship being both unbeaten at the compulsary closure with a solid 57 run partnership against their names and a healthy total of 146 runs on the board. After Tea Flemington also got away to a reasonable start with some creative stroke play that yeilded some chances. Rowie Bowled without luck, may have had something to do him drinking powerade instead of red bull. Stowie and Ani bowled a good spell limiting the damge on the scorebaord. At Drinks Flemington required 100 runs off the last 18 overs, with about 8 overs to go the run rate needed pushed over 8 per over. Following an over looking skyward and some long distance retrievals, a lost ball and dented car roof, Flemington were back in the game needing 30 odd from 7 overs. The momemntum shifted as the wickets fell and the runs flowed. Kapil ended the day with 4, Stowie with 3, Flemington passed our total in the last over of the day, this is one that got away.

4ths vs Flemington Cricket Club

ROUND 1 SEDDON V FLEMINGTON NORTH C2

In conditions that favoured batsman we lost the toss and had to bowl. With the Flemington opens not doing much and wasting opportunities with loose deliveries confidence was starting to grow.
At the 12 over mark, some good line and length bowling by Will Leeder and Steve Callis had them at 2/32.
A change in the attack to try and mix things up had Jamie Wallace and Leigh Davies bringing the heat.
They bowled in tandem for 15 over’s until Flemington 1’s players got a hold of Jamie in his last few over’s. Rolf Tamburro was the next to apply his trade, with Leigh by this stage trying his luck with his darts a few dubious decisions late in Flemington’s innings (with rolfy almost blowing his stack on one) had them finished on 6/136.

after giving a brief chat about just getting off to a good start and then slowly controlling the middle over’s we were 1/0 after the first ball of the 2nd over, then 2/0 after the next ball, 3/2 by the 3rd over and 4/4 after 6 over 5/5 after 8 then finally 6/6 after 12 over’s. knowing that survival was the key our tale wagged with will Leeder having a dip and help bring the score to 23 before being dismissed then rolfy and Leroy putting on a bit of a partnership to take the score to 40 before Leroy fell to a very good catch in the deep, then steve added his luck with a few runs to help us be all out after 31 over for 59
it was a disappointing to not make much of a dent into Flemington’s score as there was no demons in the pitch and it was perfect for batting, to the guys that did make runs and help make the score card look a bit decent i thank you…(steve Callis, Rolfy, Leroy, will, and john rice-whetton).
Honourable mention goes to G. Coyle for his fantastic last over of the day….

5ths vs Williamstown YMCS Cricket Club

After losing toss, and being asked to field first, it looked to be a good call. With Paul Grant making his debut for Seddon, the return of Norm Kotsopoulos and Harsh Chaudhary, and a team featuring 4 players under 16, it looked to be an interesting day. Williamstown CYMS looked to attack our opening bowlers from the start. They raced to 54 of 6 overs. The introduction of Harsh(0/39) and Matt Rae(0/12) slowed the run rate up. By drinks, Williamstown had amassed 120 runs, and as a team, we bowled and fielded well, just couldn’t help the opposition players teeing off, and getting away with it. Jackson Grieves(1/20), playing his first senior game of cricket, got 2 crucial breakthroughs. First with a run out from the boundary, and second, with his bowling. Haydyn Dryiski(0/41) bowled with some good variations, and was afraid to throw the ball up. We finished of the last 18 overs strong only conceding 90 runs.

The Batting started a bit shakily, with Norm and Matt both falling cheap. It was left to the wise head of Jason Grieves(34) and Peter Arvanitis(24) to fight back with a crucial partnership of 41. A rash shot by Peter brought Paul Grant(14) to the crease, who looked composed in his innings. Once Jason Grieves fell, the Greelish’s, come and went without troubling the scorers. In the end, Liam Braithwaite(8n/o)and Harsh(14n/o) saw us home without the loss of any further wickets.

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