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BTCC 159 def by Glen Waverley Hawks 8/259 at Capital Reserve.
A Mohandas 50, D Mahawatte 2/56
Heading out to Glen Waverley against an inform outfit we bowled first on a newly laid pitch with a very fast outfield. Our bowling was led by some good tight bowling from Marcus McCrohan (23 overs, 1 wicket for 38 runs). We bowled well enough to have the opposition at 4-64 courtesy of 2 run outs from Marcus and Darsh. However, after lunch our bowling was a little disappointing as we did not execute as well as we have liked and Glen Waverley were able to form 2 decent partnerships on the back of their no.3 batsman who went on to score a well made 108* and finishing their innings on 8-259. We entered day 2 confident as a team that we could chase down the challenging total. However, we did not start well losing 2 wickets in the second over. A mini fightback by Yaz (28) and Ashwyn (50) took the score to 2-70 but unfortunately both were out prior to lunch making the task much harder. With the score at 100-5 at the halfway mark at lunch we were still confident we could chase the total down but it was a similar story to the start of the day as we lost 2 quick wickets right after the break. Some good counter bating by Matthew Hale (21) and Darsh (24*) gave us a glimpse of hope in their 40 run 9th wicket partnership. However, it was all too late as we were beaten by a better team. We hope to bounce back next week against ladder leaders Forest Hill and get our season going!
BTCC 132 def by Laburnum 4/152 at Ted Ajani Reserve.
T Arnold 31, H McClean 3/11
This week we met Laburnum at home. After winning the toss and batting, we lost 2 of our top 4 batsmen to some ‘interesting’ caught behind decisions given by the designated umpire. Jeremy Haikal batted very patiently for around 25 overs compiling a handy 27. Some lower order hitting from Tim Arnold and a handy partnership between Rosie & Hamish McClean got us to a total of 132, however we were still required to bowl 25 overs and Laburnum finished the day at 0/41.
Some tight bowling from Rosie, Chance and Jeremy kept the run rate down however we struggled to take wickets until 2XI debutant Hamish came on to bowl. Hamish took a wicket in his 2nd over to dismiss their opener and then proceeded to take 3/11 off 8 overs. A fantastic debut from the 14yo. Unfortunately we finished the game with a bit of sloppy fielding (dropping a few catches) and Laburnum ended up passing us 4 wickets down.
BTCC 82/111 def Yarraleen 6/104 at Bulleen Park.
JM Agrotis 53rtno, D Sticca 35*, A Yamdagni 3/31
R5 – All key indicators in the first few games pointed to an upcoming win – and we achieved that in style, improving our percentage and within touching distance of the 4. After losing the toss, our bowlers executed brilliantly, restricting Yarraleen to 6/104 from their allotted overs. All 4 bowlers deserve mention – James Florance continued his great start to the season finishing with 8-2-26-1. Aker showed his continued control with 3/31, and a highlight was their great bowling partnership from the outset. Prince, in what was an initial “fill in” 2 overs, bowled 8 on the trot finishing with 1/35. The pick of the bowlers being Nick Paolucci, showing developing maturity, control and “team first” bowling. In his quickest spell to date he ended up with 8 overs, 1/13, and could have quite easily had a 4 or 5 fa. Our batters let by the illustrious Grotty and Dave Sticca chased down the runs 2 down with 7 overs to spare. Again, the highlight was our developing team ethos, being UP every ball of our innings, with zippy fielding, conceding no overthrows or misfields for the second game in a row.
BTCC 2/167 def Heatherdale at Timber Ridge.
L Pataki 50rtno, B Wilmott 32, M Leggio 3/23, S McKenzie 2/20
R5 – The 4th XI were at home vs Heatherdale in the battle for 4th spot on the ladder. We welcomed into the team 2 new players, Anthony King and Andrew Sexton. After winning the toss and batting, captain Les Pataki compiled a well made 50, with handy contributions from Ben Wolnizer (25) and Brett Willmott (32). A quick fire 42 run partnership in 31 balls from Matt Leggio (22*) and Stuart McKenzie (21*) in the last few overs got us to a competitive total of 2/167 after 32 overs. Heatherdale came out and attacked from the very first ball of their innings, and raced to 0/69 after 10 overs. Then we turned the tide. 2 wickets from Dave McClean, a retirement, and suddenly the runs started to dry up. Panic set in as the Heatherdale middle order crumbled under the Bullants stranglehold. 2 wickets to Stuart McKenzie, 1 to the General (Brett Willmott) and 3 from Matt Leggio and a great outfiled catch by Anthony King left Heatherdale needing 9 to win off the last over. Paul Pavlidis bowled the last over, fielded a drive straight back down the pitch and ran out the non striker on the 2nd last ball to see us victorious by 4 runs in a G grade thriller!
BTCC 3/146 def Deakin 5/131 at Ted Ajani Reserve.
G Vimpani 42rtno, D Glover 35*
Great debut from Normy and Vimps….It gives me pleasure in welcoming them to the team. David (Normy) Glover fired 35 runs off 23 balls and although I was not present to see the batting excellence and entertaining innings from Graeme Vimpani, his 42 off 19 balls must have been a most amusing and enjoyable innings especially smashing Ron Hudson for 38 runs in four overs! Matt Vogels again performed well at the crease hitting 28 runs not out.
Great work by the bowlers too! Boydy and Voges chipping away at the openers and then finally breaking through, well done boys. Boydy taking 2-26 from 6 and Voges 1-31 from 6 A change of bowlers slowed the batters innings with Steve Mayne proving difficult to score reducing the run rate through his 6 overs. A further change saw immediate results with Jason Daniels breaking through in his first over followed by a fantastic spell of bowling by Richard (Pommy) Walsh practically ceasing the batters innings. Pommy finished with 1-9 off 6 overs with 3 maidens. Great work. Matt Leggio along with Pav finished off the bowling with a very tight 0-2 off two overs which restricted Deakins innings to 124 runs from 36 overs. Great bowling and fielding boys! Needless to say we managed to overcome their tally in 23 overs for only a loss of 3 wickets. Highlight of the match – Pommy’s bowling, Vimpani’s innings and a slips catch that would rival anything seen in word series cricket! (So I’m told!) Well done boys.