Round 2 saw some ups and downs.
The Clifton Hill Women had a rousing victory. Losing the toss, they played to a plan and focused on all the little things in cricket and had the opposition all out for 62. During the week, Liddy has given all the ladies nick-names, so no idea really who is who, but congratulations to Spiller (1/9); Chiller (1/10); Shorty (1/5); Trooper (1/2) as well as Bobby Dazzler (0/5) and Willow (0/0) with the ball. Batting, the ladies reached the target of 62 easily, with Willow retiring on 35 and Bobby Dazzler unbeaten. Great job by the women. The chicken went to Willow.
The 1s were set a task against last year's premiers on their very small home ground. With a great start we had them 2/4 but unfortunately we didn't make another breakthrough until 211. The opposition put on an imposing 9/314 off their 40 overs. Following the score from Fairlea, I had to assume it was pretty much all over, but no-one told Ben Cap and Fos that. With great support from Ben Slav, Jim and others, we needed 12 off the last two balls to win. While that looked like a real possibility, we fell just short. Ben Cap played a splendid innings and ended up 132 not out. We have to mention Eamon's highlight of a hanger on the boundary. All that training pays off. Tom Bellis award to Ben Cap of course, with the Chicken to Peter Foster.
The 2s had a somewhat shorter day and an even shorter summary presentation. All out for 80, Chuck making 49 of that. The opposition got 90. We lost. We'll get 'em next time.
The 3s had a rollercoaster of a day - and by the look of Captain Fred at the end of the day, the emotions took their toll. Winning the toss against Monash out at Clayton, we batted and managed to put on 145. The bowling highlight from Monash was some bloke called 'run-out' who managed to get 5. Batting highlight was Patty Rath in his first game in the 3rds with 25 and Toughy with 36. Rumour has it, Toughy may know this run-out bloke. Bowling we started superbly, getting our first at 1/2 and then steadily until they were 9/84. But some combination of bad luck and maybe a little complacency saw Monash pull off the almost impossible and win from there. Gigs, Jessie and Dave Sheehan all bowled well but we just couldn't finish them off. We live and learn.
The 4s were at Fairlea against STC South Camberwell and still struggling to shake off their premiership hangover batted first but struggled to 4/35. From this point we put together some good partnerships with Harro being the anchor. Rhino, Gaz and our young tail batted well with us reaching 165 off our 40 overs. Harro finished 59 no. Their openers started well and had 55 on the board after 15 overs and were 1/70 at drinks - pretty much on pace. After drinks the bowlers and the field tightened the screws. With regular wickets they fell 30 odd runs short. A nice win for the 4s. The pick of the bowlers were Lachie Elmore with 8 tight overs straight, MOC with 3/25 off 8 beguiling overs, Sam Oaken was dangerous and tight at the end (2/23), Harro chipped in with a wicket or two and Ted (2/27). Chicken to Ted.
The 5s had fun out at North Balwyn blooding 4 new players. We batted first and made a respectable 155 with Geoff Smith, Ralph and Roadie all making valuable contributions. Our batting set a total a little less than we needed and our bowling couldn't reel it in.
The 6s were up against Monash at Fairlea East and they had a plan. The plan called for 160 to 180 runs and tight steady bowling. Unfortunately as Mike Tyson once said, 'everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth'. Not sure there was any punching, but after a steady opening stand between Jeff Burstin and Paul Hodge, we made it to 109 thanks largely to a huge effort from Tony Peake who nurtured the innings along while others made contributions around him. Bowling we had a couple of early breakthroughs thanks to a Matt Tulk catch and run-out, but Monash batted steadily partly due to our tight bowling (half the plan at least) and they passed our score relatively late in the day. A loss for the 6s but some really good signs and some young fellas making great contributions. Matt Tulk bowled 2 over 0/9; Finn Peake 4 overs 0/5; Johnny Furphy in his first senior game at the club bowled 4 overs 0/12 and Finley Ward 4 overs 0/10. Chicken goes to Matt Tulk.
Bring on next week.