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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
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.