Some great results at the Hill in round 3 (or for the women, round 4), and some not so great ones, too. That's cricket! Let's get into the good bits...
The 1s headed out to Toorak Park to take on TPCC because, you know, it had been two long weeks since we'd last played (and beaten) them so we thought we should play them again. Our boys batted first and for the third match in a row, Peter Foster and Ben Caplikas came to the fore. Pete was declared the Hill's 'Best Pom Ever' after making a third consecutive 50 (67 to be exact) while BenCap followed up his ton with another 41. With Eamonn chipping in with 27, we put on a very competitive score of 9/214 despite a bit of a late collapse.
With Speedie leading the way, TPCC were always thereabouts in the run chase, despite good bowling from Michael Luxford and Jimmy Wright, and the chase came down to a last over showdown between Malty (Matty Lynas) and TPCC's gun, Speedie. Malty hadn't had the best of days with the ball but he rose to the occasion with nerves of steel. Not only did he keep Speedie from getting a ton, he took three wickets in that last over and the Hiller's got up by ONE RUN!
Malty's magnificent last over earned him the Tom Bellis award!
What's just as exciting as saying "the Ones won by one"? Saying, "the Sixes won for the first time in 666* days!" The 6s did indeed break a very long drought. Batting first, captain Alex Smith led the way with a fantastic knock of 58, and he got great support from the twin Peakes, Finn (37no) and Tony (30) to compile a very competitive 4/171.
Our boys took regular wickets when Northcote United took up the chase, led by Tony Peake (4/29) and Gilly Northrop (2/41), with the Gillmeister coming within a whisker of taking a hat-trick. With the game coming down to the last over, just as the 1s' match had, Captain Smith took the bull by the horns (or more accurately in this case, the ball by the hand) and bowled a magnificent last over, capturing the final wicket which gave us a bloody brilliant win. Alex finished with 2/19 to go with his great knock and really should have upheld the 6ths captaincy tradition by giving himself the chicken. He didn't but it was still a case of WINNER! WINNER! CHICKEN DINNER! for the team. Well done!
(*Actually, Gilly says it was 707, but what's 41 days between friends?)
Sunday morning saw a good crowd at Rammo show up to see the Women's XI trying to make it 3 wins from 4 games, and they got to see another thrilling match. Our women batted first, and with the Claire pair (Burns 35no, Williamson 27no) leading the way, we compiled an excellent 2/127 in our 20 overs.
Preston YCW made a good fist of the chase, especially early on but great bowling by Claire W (2/16) and several others, along with some great fielding which led to a bunch of run outs late in the game saw Preston finish at 8/117, our women winners again!
Great effort Liddy and everyone in the team!
For the 2s, it looked like they'd be finishing the day in the 'good' category while we were batting but then it turned bad because our bowling was no good - and that's definitely bad. The good bits included a great knock from Cam Wood (66no), an almost great knock from the President (Scott Mills, 46) and the Richo Man (Patrick Richardson, 25no), which took us to a defendable total of 3/170.
The total might have been defendable, but our bowling was indefensible, and Monash passed us 3 down with plenty of overs to spare.
Too bad, 2s!
The 3s, like the 1s, played a team (St James Malvern Valley) we'd met only two weeks earlier. A win of the toss for Frog saw us bat first and lose a couple of early wickets. It took us a while to recover but thanks to a brilliant 64 from Meags (Paul Meager) and a solid 37 from Jim E, we made a barely reasonable 7/146 off our 40 overs.
With the ball, Gigs* (0/15 off 6) was miserly enough, Kool J (L Elmore) bowled an absolute peach to get an early wicket and Empty took a screamer off Toughie but overall we gave away too many 'four' balls and StJMV passed us with a few overs to spare.
Even though I was born on 3/3 at 3:33pm weighing 3.3kg, I'm certainly not happy that the 3s have played 3 and lost 3.
(*When you volunteer to write the match reports, you get to mention yourself even if you don't take any wickets.)
The 4s were at home to Glen Waverley, but we weren't really at home with the bat in hand, except for LOC (Liam O'Connor) who made a great 56 and Rocket (Rod Peterson), who chipped in with 35. The next top scorer was Harro with a grand total of 6, and we got rolled for 127. GW passed us 5 down but there were a couple of good bowling performances from newbies Zach/Zac/Zach/Zack* Hancock (3/23 off 8) and Liam McGuire (1/17 off 8).
Better luck next week, boys!
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Sadly, the ugly side of the week was that our 5s had to forfeit due to a lack of players. With a few of our lot away overseas, working, or unavailable for various other reasons, have a think about anyone you know who might be up for a game of Saturday cricket in the coming weeks. All ages, sizes and abilities welcome. Get 'em down to Rammo!
CARN THE HILL!