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Welcome to season 2018/19!
We started with a great fightback from the 1s to kickstart our season after looking down and out with the opposition cruising to a comfortable victory. (Box Hill North) At 3-140 needing another 24 runs off 45 overs, we managed a great bowling partnership, led by Luke Mason in his 200th 1st XI game who dominated and finished with 6-26 off 19.4 overs. He was well supported by Kristan Haikal (2-41). It was a great moment for all those involved and instilled the belief that no matter the situation we are always in the game. Special mentions goes to both Mitch Cassidy and Jeremy Haikal who took their first 1st XI wickets and Nick Gioskos who also made a well compiled 60 in only his 3rd 1st XI game! We look forward to a tough game next week against Blackburn.
The 2s came up against a strong Park Orchards outfit who effectively batted us out of the game as they declared at 9/286. There was little resistance from our batting line up across both innings but there were some promising signs with the ball from youngsters Ben McLeod (2 wickets) and Patty Dempsey (4 wickets).
Despite a 92 run loss the feeling around the 3s was one of optimism. Whilst we have analysed the game and realise there were too many 4 balls and some loose shots when we were set, a number of batsmen did get good starts. We had no misfields and very few dropped catches. Of note was the debut of Hamish McClean who took 3 wickets and scored 29 not out.
Special mention must also be made to Nick Paolucci, bowling some tight overs and batting time – ensuring we batted out our overs, finishing on 202.
The 4s started off the season with a big win against old rivals Vermont. The more experienced brigade lead the way with some consistent batting partnerships and a great bowling performance from the returning Scott Boyd with 3/16 off 9.1 overs.
R1 – BTCC 163 def Box Hill North Super Kings 156 at Elgar Park.
N Gioskos 60, L Mason 6/26, K Haikal 2/51
R1 – BTCC 62 & 69 def by Park Orchards 9d/286 at Ted Ajani Reserve.
A Illango 31*, P Dempsey 4/44, A Smith 3/102, B McLeod 2/42
R1 – BTCC 9/202 def by Mitcham 8/294 at Timber Ridge.
J Rawlings 57, M McCrohan 4/54, H McClean 3/34
R1 – BTCC 9/191 def Vermont 122 at Vermont Secondary College.
M Allsop 43, S Mayne 37, S Boyd 3/16, M Leggio 3/24, P Pavlidis 2/27
R1 – BTCC 8/162 def by Vermont 3/169 at Vermont Secondary College.
M Vogels 40, R Walsh 34