Dear Diary,

Christmas and the New Year has come and gone and it’s hard to believe we are already in February. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break. For me personally, it has been an interesting recent few weeks. An injury has meant I have been unable to take part in any further matches this season, however it has also given me the opportunity to go and watch some of the other senior teams that I would ordinarily not get to see. In particular, it has been fun watching the 4th XI one-day side who have all but locked in a finals appearance, which is a great effort. Last weekend they managed to secure a tie against Doncaster through a last ball run-out from captain Mark Cassidy – it was nail-biting stuff!

February is shaping up to be a very busy month on the Social Calendar for the Bullants. Scott Boyd has been busy organising our Past Players & Supporters Day which will be held on Saturday 13th February. Hoping for a strong turn-out from our all past players and supporters to make it a great event. Also on the social front, this season we have decided to combine the Junior Break-Up, Junior Match Reports Night #3 and the Reverse Raffle into the one event – to be held on Saturday 27th February – please lock it in your diaries (further details to follow).

Good luck to all junior and senior teams as they push towards finals appearances over the next month.


Zlatko represented BTCC at the Cricket Victoria Chairman’s Function during the recent one-day match vs. India. Thanks to Kukri for the invitation.

With only two rounds remaining in the season it is great to have three out of the four senior sides still battling it out for a finals spot. The 4th XI have all but sewn up a finals birth whilst, the 1st and 2nd XI need to win both their final games and possibly rely on a result here or there to confirm a spot.

As the great Graham Matthews once said, “We can’t just turn the tap on in March” so the next few weeks are vitally important to concentrate on individual performances that will assist the team in getting those crucial wins. If that means getting an extra hit or bowl outside of Tuesday and Thursday then so be it.

It has been fantastic to see some of the improved performances from our younger stars over the past few weeks in the senior teams including Jake Sticca’s 57 in the 2nd XI (Round 9) and Mitch Cassidy’s 5/24 overs in the 4th XI (Round 14). Chris Paolucci also managed to hit some form in Round 8 of the Second XI making 44 in a one-day match.

In the 1st XI, Jack Berry smashed a blistering 115* in Round 7 against the reigning premiers Blackburn in some of the best batting we have seen at Ted Ajani.

The final two matches presents a great opportunity to work your way into some good form leading up to finals and I wish everyone all the best on the training track and match day.

Good luck to all.


Jack Berry was in fine form, scoring 115* in the Round 7 win against Blackburn. Skipper Luke Mason was also undefeated on 69.
1st XI
Round 6:
 drew with BHNSK 212 (heat policy)
Tim Arnold 3-42
Round 7: 2-230 def. Blackburn 140
Jack Berry 115*
Luke Mason 69*
Tim Arnold 3-28
Matt Hale 3-31
Round 8: 5-156 def. Templestowe 113
Luke Mason 3-23
Matt Hale 3-27
Round 9: 9-234 def. by Heatherdale 5-3312nd XI
Round 6:
 drew with Heatherdale 8-259 (heat policy)
Chris Paolucci 3-56
Round 7: 3-105 def. Templestowe 102
Richard Oster 4-25
Andrew Smith 4-44
Round 8: 162 def. by Glen Waverly Hawks 7-165
Richard Oster 4-34
Round 9: 163 def. Koonung Heights 89
Jake Sticca 57
Tim Lane 5-26
Richard Oster 3-34

3rd XI
Round 6:
 0-5 drew with Glen Waverly Hawks 244 (heat policy)
Round 7: 6-110 def. by South Sharks 1-123
Brett Wilmott 53*
Round 8: 5-147 def. Forest Hill 8-109
Scott Boyd 51*
Gi Senanayake 4-20
Jack Larsen 3-8
Round 9: 8-106 def. by Eley Park 7-114
Gi Senanayake 3-34

4th XI
Round 11: 104 def. by Doncaster 7-138
Round 12: drew with Blackburn North (heat policy)
Round 13: 6-162 def. East Burwood 3-156
Round 14: 7-216 def. Blackburn North 122
Andrew Grainger 50*
Mitch Cassidy 5-24
Round 15: 152 def. Yarraleen 102
Dave McClean 6-16
Round 16: 9-166 tied with Doncaster 5-166

Open MyCricket for all fixtures, results, ladders and stats.


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Thanks to Rod Fulton for his support of the Bullants over many seasons.

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Andrew VergaYears involved at BTCC?
About 14
Favourite food?
Mum’s pasta
Favourite drink?
Favourite professional sports team?
Favourite athlete?
Mark Waugh and Stephen Silvagni
Favourite holiday destination?
Koh Samui
What is your dream job?
Who would play you in a movie?
Robert De Niro
What’s your specialty dish?
Penne Amatriciana
What’s your favourite Thursday night BTCC dinner?
Chicken Schnitzel rolls
Most memorable Bullant moment?

First Shield flag in 2008-09

Funniest thing seen on a cricket field?
Moose running backwards to take a catch and face planted into the turf at Forest Hill
Who’s a Bullant that needs to be dobbed in for something and why
Some secrets are best kept
Something others at the club may not know about you?
I would like to start my own charity
Where should we go on the next end of season trip?
Las Vegas –  great for pre-season

Junior Break-Up, Junior Match Reports #3 and Reverse RafflePlease keep Saturday 27th February free for one of our biggest social events of the season. We’ll kick off with our junior break-up celebration, including our third junior match reports for the season and dinner, to be followed by our annual Reverse Raffle later in the evening.Further details to follow!


Years played at BTCC
4 years – U12, U14 and U16, as well as Seniors
Highest batting score
51, in U14s last season
Most wickets taken in an innings
5-24 in the 4th XI (see ball above!)
AFL team supported
Favourite cricket player
Steve Smith
What’s the best thing about playing at BTCC
I get to play in both juniors and seniors
What school do you go to?
Templestowe College
What do you want to be when you grow up
I don’t really know yet

The 1st XI’s first three wickets were all captured on camera during the Round 8 win vs. Templestowe.

Matt Leggio in action for the 4s, showing the bowler what he thought of his short ball.

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