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BTCC 185 def by Blackburn North at Len Toogood Oval.

D Mahawatte 39, L Mason 37, N Sopariwala 36, D Mahawatte 4/77, N Sopariwala 2/55

A big opportunity to head into the top 4 presented itself on a warm day away at Koonung Reserve. After losing the toss, we were asked to bowl. The opening bowlers started well but couldn’t find the breakthrough. It was the first bowling change of Luke Mason to take the first wicket followed by Tim Arnold’s good bowling to capture the second wicket to have BN 2-76. Unfortunately for us, BN formed a great partnership (126) on the back of their captain who scored a brilliant 104. With the score 2-202 with 14 overs remaining BN managed to post a challenging total of 9-285. Darsh Mahawatte was the standout bowler taking 4-77 off 19 overs along with Nish Sopariwala (17-6-2-55).
The second playing day offered a chance for us to make a statement with the bat and chase down a score of 200+ which we have not achieved in a while. Unfortunately, the Early wicket of Marcus saw us at 1-5. An in-form Jack Berry headed to the crease and hit some free flowing  boundaries but he went out and then the common season theme of losing wickets in clumps occurred to leave us reeling at 4-34. Yaz and Luke formed a nice partnership to tick over the score but Yaz went out and our chance of winning was slipping away. Some good positive batting from Luke (39 and late order hitting from Darsh (39) and Nish (36) gave us a glimpse of hope but it was the lack of contribution from our top 5 batsmen which saw us all out for 185. A disappointing performance once again with the bat this season. With two upcoming one day games we hope to turn our season around with 12 points up for grabs. A really good opportunity awaits us.


BTCC 9d/187 def Deakin 105 at Ted Ajani Reserve.

M Cassidy 69, J Paolucci 41, G Senanayake 6/30

Our 2XI set a goal a few weeks back to knock off at least 1XI team in the competition this season. Round 5 was a great opportunity to achieve this, as we played Deakin CC who had previously only won 1 match this season. Captain Dave did his job by winning the toss and electing to bat on a 30C+ day. We lost CP and Dom early, but luckily we had Jeremy to anchor the first half of the innings. Jezz went out just after the tea break, but JP (41) and Mitch (69) put on a fantastic partnership to build a great platform at 4/140 with around 15 overs to go. Unfortunately we lost wickets at regular intervals from there, and scrapped our way to 187 which was still a competitve score on our home deck. Special mention to Mitch who backed up his 50 last match to make 69 this round.

Our openers bowled with patience and discipline to restrict Deakin’s scoring to less than 2 runs per over for the first session. Guy Senanayake opened the bowling on day 2 from the pavilion end and stayed on until all 10 wickets were taken! A great spell of tight bowling was rewarded with Guy taking career best figures of 6-30 off 28.3 overs  – a fantastic effort from a bowler who came up from the 3s for this game to perform a role for us. Guy was well supported by Mitch and Jezz, and then Kristan who came on with his leg breaks. We got a couple of run outs, took a few great catches and finished the game rolling Deakin for 105. In the end, we bowled, batted and fielded better than our opposition and throughly deserved the win in Dom’s 200th game for the Club.


BTCC 7/319 def South Sharks 175 at Timber Ridge.

M Agrotis 102rtno, D Sticca 40, Jo Sticca 33, J Rawlings 4/9, D Sticca 3/21, N Paolucci 2/62

R7 – The gelling of and care within the team was not more apparent than in our big win over South Sharks. All batsmen contributed to the large Timber Ridge total, with 6 scores between 22 and 40, underpinning Matt Agrotis magnificent innings of 102 retired. It was an even paced innings, with everyone placing a high price on the wicket – continuing our “team first” ethos. Particular mention must go to our keeper, Josh Fulton, striking a clean 22no of 15 balls, enabling us to well and truly clear the magical 300, at the death. Despite some lusty hitting from one of the South Shark openers, our bowlers stuck manfully to the task, with James Florance bowling without luck in his 12 overs, and Dave Sticca in his first overs for a few years proving to be the partnership breaker taking a handy 3 wickets to go with his 3 catches, in a well-rounded performance (not to mention his 40 with the bat). Nick Paolucci must also be mentioned for his 2 early wickets. As was the case last week Jade came in to clean up the tail, taking another 4 wickets to match his efforts of the last game. Special mention must go to Josh Sticca and Josh Briffa, bowling some useful, tight overs when required. Whilst our fielding was not quite as crisp as in the last 3 games, we did switch on when required to complete a comprehensive victory, resulting in the team entering the 4 on the ladder for the first time this season.

A great team effort, without passengers…..



BTCC 2/228 def Heatherdale 122 at Heatherdale Reserve No. 2

B Wolnizer 102rtno, L Pataki 43, M Leggio 35*, T Shepherd 3/36, P Pavlidis 2/13, A Sexton 2/21

R7 – The 4th XI were away (again) for our 2 day encounter with Heatherdale. For this game, we had an injection of youth and experience, Tom Shepherd made his senior debut, Murphy Moore played his first senior game for this season and we welcomed back “The Doc” Amitabh Ilango.

After winning the toss, captain Les Pataki (43) had no hesitation in batting first on a picturesque, yet quite small oval. He made his intentions very clear in the 1st over of the day with 2 fours and a six to get our innings under way. The openers put on 85 for the first wicket which laid a solid foundation for us to build on. Murphy Moore (1) was unlucky and was dismissed with the score at 2/86. Matt Leggio came out to the crease at Number 4 to join Ben “Tugga” Wolnizer who was on 39. Tugga then tore the bowling to shreds, dispatching the ball to and over the boundary several times in a masterful display of batting. After 32 overs, we were 2/184, an unbroken parternship of 98 for the 3rd wicket, and Ben was 98 not out!
We then came out to bowl and the opposition made their intentions clear, getting off to a solid start. Matt Leggio took the first wicket to dismiss their dangerous opener. Paul Pavlidis came on after the break, took 2 crucial wickets and bowled 7 tight overs taking 2/13. 1 wicket each to Tom Shephard and Hamish McClean left the opposition at 5/107 after 32 overs at the end of Day 1.
On Day 2 new recruit Andy Sexton was effective and frugal simultaneously, finishing with great figures of 2/21 from 10 overs, including 4 maidens on the trot and a great catch. We finished them off quite easily in the end, they lost their last 5 wickets for 15 runs, and Tom Shepherd took 2 more wickets to finish off his debut game with 3/36. Great work Tom!
Then, the big moment, the milestone, we went out to bat, and Tugga reached his century in fine form, with a cracking back foot shot for 4 to finish on 102 not out, which included 11 fours and 5 sixes. Great work Ben! Hamish McClean joined Matt Leggio out in the middle and put on another 40 runs for us to complete a comprehensive victory.


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