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REPORTS:

1ST XI

Round 8: BTCC 197 def East Burwood 179 at East Burwood Reserve.

J Berry 69, D Mahawatte 56, D Mahawatte 3/31, C Burridge 2/35

Our first game for 2019 saw us travel to East Burwood who were in a similar position to us on the ladder which meant plenty to play for both sides. After being sent in to bat by the opposition, our opening batsmen were aggressive early but unfortunately we lost both of them. Nish (25) together with Jack quickly steadied the ship taking us to 2-66. East Burwood then fought back to take 3 quick wickets and had the momentum heading into the tea break. A 66-run 5th wicket partnership between Jack (69) and Darshana (56- inc 3 huge sixes) put us into a good position at 6-153 with 18 overs left but with wickets falling when we looked like taking the game out of East Burwood’s reach saw us finish the day all out on 197.
The second week, we arrived feeling confident and after a good warmup there was great energy and enthusiasm heading into the field. We started well with JP and Jack teaming up for a great run out in the second over and Chance who was rewarded with a wicket after building great pressure to have the opposition at 2-24. At the other end, it was Tim (16-2-34-1) who wound back the clock and did what he does best with tight bowling and was also rewarded with a wicket. A third wicket partnership between their 2 most experienced batsmen give them momentum to 3-91. It was Darshana (13.3-7-31-3) who struck with a couple of breakthroughs and Chance (21-6-25-2) to put us ahead in the game heading to tea with East Burwood 6-96. After tea, Nish (19-6-36-1) took the crucial wicket to break a 30 run partnership. it was a see-saw game but we kept taking regular wickets when it seemed East Burwood could take the game from us as they were all out for 179. It was a great win and we hope to take this momentum into the next game looking for a top 4 position.

2ND XI

Round 8: BTCC 214 def East Burwood 209 at Ted Ajani Reserve

D Matthews 62*, M Agrotis 31, C Johnstone 30, M Cassidy 4/73, A Smith 3/36, G Senanayake 2/66

With the 1s missing a few players this Round and the 2s also missing a few regulars, we called upon some favours and debuted 3 new players to the club straight into the 2s for our clash against East Burwood. We lost the toss but were nevertheless sent into bat on a slow Ted Ajani oval. One of our new players CJ opened up with Matt Agrotis and got us off to a flyer. We were 56 without loss until Grotty holed out trying to attempt his 3rd boundary off the one over. We continued to lose wickets at regular intervals until Smithy and Dave Matthews batted beautifully to put on a 64 partnership and help us post a very defendable total of 214, the 2s’ highest score for the season.

Mitch and Guy opened the bowling and through some tight bowling and solid catching in the slips, we had East Burwood reeling at 5/21! Following the drinks break, a couple of their bats settled and put together a partnership of 105 to have them 7/166. Another handy partnership of around 30 had them in a strong position needing only 20 runs to get with 3 wickets in hand and around 20 overs left in their innings. A diving catch at square leg by our new player Andy #2 dismissed one of their dangerous bats for 65. Andy #2 landed on his ribs after taking the catch and was barely able to move for the remainder of the innings, so it was great for him to remain on the ground. East Burwood then put away a few loose balls and got to 8/209, needing only 6 runs for the game. Smithy was asked to continue bowling from the pavilion end, and a handy catch from Dom in the outfield left them with 6 runs to win with one wicket in hand. In what can only be described as a brain fade, their No. 10 batsman decided to try and hit Smithy into the tennis courts and finish the game in one hit. Unfortunately for him, he only managed to get a top edge to fly slip, where Grotty took a relatively comfortable catch to get us a nail-biting victory. Considering we were missing around 5 or 6 players from our regular 2s side, this was a very memorable win for the team.

3RD XI

Round 10: BTCC 7/223 def by Laburnum 3/228 at Timber Ridge

J Rawlings 100rtno

After a disappointing batting performance in our last game pre-Christmas, the fight and value placed on wickets was back on display, in our well-paced and highly competitive total of 223. Timber Ridge was at its slowest, which didn’t hinder a master class performance put on by Jade Rawlings, notching his second ton of the year. He was ably supported by the top order, with our innings completed with our finisher, Josh Sticca scoring a more than capable 29no.

Heading into our bowling innings with much confidence we started brightly, with our opening bowlers, James Florance and Josh Sticca limiting Laburnum to 1/25 off 14 overs in a very tight bowling display. A highlight was Josh creating 5 chances, with great swing, all of which were put down behind the wicket in an uncharacteristic case of the fumbles….. from which we didn’t recover. We toiled hard, having pride in ourselves until the end, to no avail, resulting in a shattering loss. Onwards and upwards we go, luckily with only a week until the opportunity to atone….

 

4TH XI

Round 10: BTCC 214 def by Koonung Heights 8/222 at Stradbroke Park

L Pataki 52, T Shepherd 32, D Russell 32, B Wilmott 31, S Boyd 2/18, P Pavlidis 2/44, D McClean 2/46

The 4th XI played away at Stradbroke Park versus Koonung Heights in a must win game to keep in touch with the top 4. After winning the toss and batting, our captain and run machine made a well compiled 52. With good support from Mark Allsop (21), we reached 4/97 after our first 32 overs. Koonung Heights then came out and batted very well against our disciplined bowling attack, spearheaded by Scott Boyd, who bowled 8 overs and finished with 2/18. At the halfway mark of the game, Koonung were 3/102.

In Week 2, Koonung Heights continued batting, amassing a total of 8/222 off their 64 overs. Paul Pavlidis and Dave McClean also took 2 wickets apiece. WE then had to chase down the target, but unfortunately we fell 8 runs short, and were bowled out for 214. Handy contributions from Brett Willmott (31) and Dan Russell (32) were not enough to get us over the line. Tom Shepherd batted with great maturity and patience, and was excellent in his shot selection, making 32 runs also. Well done Tom, a fantastic effort!

VETS

Round 5: BTCC 2/138 def Doncaster 9/135 at Doncaster Reserve.

M Vogels 42rtno, S Mayne 40rtno, D Tulloch 3/30, A Shrivastava 2/13 S Mayne 2/34

Round 6: BTCC 5/95 def North Alphington 91 at Pitcher Park.

R Walsh 36, M Vogels 3/9, C McMahon 2/8, M Leggio 2/19

Another great win boys! Another great job done by the openers, this time we switched things up a little and had Steve “May Day” Mayne opening with Boydy. Persistence is the key. Just when it looked like we were struggling, Boydy struck through in his last over finishing with 1/24 off 6. Great work Boydy A change in bowling saw the start of NACC collapse. In to the attack came Matt “Voges” Vogels and Matt “Sleggy” Leggio and with that came 5 wickets. Voges finished with 3/9 off 4 and Sleggy with 2/19 off 5. Another change of bowling saw the return of the “Skip” and Jason “Lurch” Daniels to clean up the tail end. Lurch finished with 1/6 off 1 and I was fortunate to take 2/6 off 4 North Alphington all out for 91 runs off 27 overs. Great bowling and fielding boys. We took 6 catches without one being dropped. Also a great run out by Juice.

Good bowling from NACC kept our opening pair scoreless after 4 overs when May Day played one onto the stumps giving NACC their first wicket. We were 1/0 after 4! The next wicket came not long after when Pom was trying belt his way to 40 and unfortunately got caught for 36 falling short of the mandatory retirement by 4 runs. With only 9 runs to get to win the game Pav enters the wicket calling for two centers. Three balls later Pav states his intent and pulls the ball for 4 runs. Soon after Pav repeats his shot and hits another 4 to win the game. Prince, at the other end, had also batted well and remained unbeaten striking 15 runs from 20 deliveries. Well done Prince!

The next game is our last for the season before finals. We play Heatherdale at home. We need to finalise our batting and bowling for the finals. We also have to work out our 13 players as like last year, we have quite a number of eligible players.