The women were at home against Preston Baseballers and found themselves with stick in hand first up. Lauren and Lucy opened the batting, and with some exquisite cricket shots they set about posting 91 for the first wicket. Lucy retired for a fantastic 36 whilst Lauren finished up with 32. Some late hitting saw the score move to 5/118 from the 20 overs, with Bek, fresh off her midweek bowl-off victory, doing a fantastic job of rotating the strike at the back end of the innings and finishing unbeaten on 10.
Although the total to defend was large, we still had to bowl in the right areas to give ourselves the best chance of victory. Lauren and Dannielle started off the bowling economically but with little luck and an opening partnership of 32 was looking ominous. Enter one Claire Williamson, who picked up two quick wickets to turn the tide. Another run out from Claire saw Preston slump to 3/63. A further two wickets from Claire Burns and another two run outs from Bek sealed the match, with Preston only managing 8/79 from their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Claire Burns (2/17 off 4) whilst Dannielle (0/16 off 4), Lauren (0/16 off 4), Claire Williamson (2/29 off 4) and Bek (1/6 off 4) all did a fantastic job in restricting runs.
The chicken is incredibly tough to split, and with no input from the captain as of yet I’m going to be very diplomatic and say that it’s 1/5 of a chook to Lucy (36n.o + 2 catches), Lauren (32 + 1 catch) Bek (1/6 off 4 + 2 run outs), Claire Burns (2/17 off 4) and Claire Williamson (2/29 off 4 + 1 run out).
Winning the toss and batting against Boroondara in a reduced overs match, the 1’s lost the skipper in the 1st over. This brought Cottsy and Harry Philip(s) together who steadied the ship and put on 43 in quick time. A couple of quick wickets from the opposition saw Bluer join Harry and they combined for the 1st 100 run partnership of the season in the 1’s. Both boys batted superbly, with Bluer compiling a well-made 35 – including one of the best pull shots ever seen, but without question the star of the innings was Harry, who brought up his first hundred for the Hill with a six down the ground! There was still time for Chegs and The Goldman to swing for the fences with both providing useful cameos to get us to 9/225 after 37 overs.
In the field, some good bowling early from Slav went unrewarded, until a horrible mix up from Boroondara gifted Louis Burstin a run out – after a good chase from Eamonn. From there, the skipper (1/38 off 8), Cottsy (4/39 off 8) and Louis (0/11 off 4) tightened the screws allowing Wrighty (2/30 off 6) and Slav (2/23 off 6.4) to clean up the tail, bowling the home side out for 143 in the 32nd and completing the ones first victory for the season.
The Tom Bellis Award went to Harry for his outstanding ton, whilst Cottsy picked up the chicken – and a new initiative in the ones this year, spud of the day (awarded to the funniest incident from the day) went to The Goldman for burning his fingers on an obviously hot tray, and proceeding to eat the rest of his meal one handed, with his fingers in a glass of ice!
Also against Boroondara, Captain Parlane also won the toss and also had no hesitation in batting first. LOC and Jim Entwisle (30) opened up, and despite a minor hiccup from Jim, nicking off to second slip, starting to walk only to return to the crease when the umpire gave it not out, they both batted beautifully until drinks. LOC brought up his first 2nd XI 50 with a six, but lost his wicket soon after for a well-made 54. This triggered a collapse that saw us slip from 0/92 to 7/132. Wortho/Nado (17) chipped in with a start and Parlane hit a bomb after his self promotion in the batting order, but after 40 overs we had limped to 9-159.
Defending this total was going to be tough on a quick Ramsden St outfield, despite the rain. Some good tight bowling by Parlane and Richo had Boroondara at 1/23 after 10 overs and the introduction of Pablo saw further wickets tumble, including a nice stumping from LOC. The wet and slippery conditions meant it was hard for the bowlers to get into a proper rhythm and despite reducing Boroondara to 6 down, our total was passed in the 40th over. The pick of the bowlers was undoubtedly Pablo with his 3/30 whilst Ben Lev (1/34 off 8), Wilco (1/24 off 4) and an economical Richo (1/19 off 8) also chipped in with wickets.
The chicken went to LOC for his 54.
The 3’s also played a reduced overs game where they also won the toss, also batted first, also against Boroondara and like the 1’s, also lost an early wicket. Paddy Rath (20) and Tom 'Heston Blumenthal' Dutton steadied before the loss of Paddy brought Ben Bruscella to the crease. From there it was all the bald bludgeoners, with Heston and Ben both bringing up their 50’s in style until they departed for 67 and 57 respectively. Spocky’s cameo of 13 off as many balls towards the end of the innings ensured that we had put together a total of 5/176 at the end of our 37 overs.
Like the 2’s, the 3’s started off solidly in the field with runs hard to come by for the opposition. Tangles and Frog kept it tight until the introduction of Wardy. Wardy bowled superbly and was on a hat-trick at one stage, ripping the heart out of the opposition line-up with 4/2 in 10 balls. After being 0/51, Boroondara were reduced to 5/68 and from there they never really recovered, posting 7/114 from their 37 overs and handing the 3’s their second victory of the season! The pick of the bowlers was Wardy (4/24 off 8) who narrowly missed out on his first senior 5’fa, whilst Frog (0/13 off 6), Tangles (1/23 off 7), Action Man (1/30 off 8) and Dave Sheehan (1/11 off 8) were all economical.
The chicken of course went to the main man Wardy, with Heston and Ben a close second and third for their performances.
The 4’s game was called off due to the inclement weather, with the condition of the ground not suitable for play. This allowed for the Pres and Rocket amongst others to head around the grounds and ‘soak’ in the day’s action.
The 5’s were at Fairlea against the Glen Waverley Cougars and like every other team this week won the toss and batted first. Captain Jeff Burstin opened up with T-bone, but was adjudged leg before (future note: it’s always ‘doing a bit too much’). T-bone (28) combined with P-Ho (20) for a stand of 40, but when they both departed the runs dried up. Max Sundram, fresh off his maiden 50 last week, played a couple of nice shots but couldn’t really get going and despite some rear guard action from Billy ABC (13) and Matt Henry (15 n.o) we managed 7/107 off our 35 overs.
The boys knew they would have to bowl well to restrict the opposition and some early maidens from Burstin and Henry had them on track. This dot ball pressure brought about 3 quick wickets and it looked like Glen Waverley were on the ropes but a big partnership set them on their way and despite another breakthrough from Gilly, they overtook our score in the 18th. Pick of the bowlers was Matt Henry (1/21 off 5) and he was ably assisted by Burstin (1/26 off 6) but again, the wet conditions made it difficult for any other bowler to find their rhythm and the wickets required to win the match. Despite this there were lots off positives to take from the match, and batting the full allotment of overs is a fantastic effort, proving that success is on the horizon!
The chicken went to T-bone for his knock of 28.