Big effort needed for Dandy weekend

The Pies have a huge weekend coming up, with some intriguing cricket ahead this Saturday. Harrison Goad was the star of the weekend, taking a six wicket haul at Watson Park, putting the 3rd XI into a strong position as all teams bowled first.

At Dandenong, the 2nd XI had an early setback with Simon O’Brien hurting his groin. This saw Mark Dwyer enter the attack, and it wasn’t till 50 overs later that he stopped. He bowled 25.3 overs straight, taking 3/59 in a fantastic performance, and no doubt he’ll be looking forward to the Christmas break! Steve Singh also bowled beautifully, and took 4/68 from 22 overs as Camberwell managed to bowl out Dandenong for 217. They had 22 overs left to negotiate, which Tom Rickarby (25*) and Ben Rowles (20*) managed to do, albeit with some good fortune, leaving the Pies needing a further 170 on Saturday for victory.

The 4th XI had a tougher day; they managed to keep the Panthers under control before the break, but after the refreshments the Dandenong pairing took over. Two centuries meant that the Pies will be chasing at least 330 next week, if the opposition choose to declare. Nick Chancellor and Nathan Douglas each took a pair of wickets.

The 1st XI lost the toss and found themselves bowling on a wicket with a bit of tackiness, and some cloud which halted the normal drying process. Will Walker (1/36) and Matthew Whittaker (4/44) both bowled fantastic opening spells, reducing Dandenong to 3/23. A wicket either side of the lunch break put us in a strong position at 5/107, and Brendan Drew (4/50) ran through the lower order as the tenth wicket was taken for 200. The Panthers managed to wrest back some momentum with a last wicket partnership of 46.

On a drying wicket, and the best of the conditions, it was disappointing to lose five wickets in the 32 overs before stumps. Thewlis, Hill and Drew all got starts, but from 5/77 it was left to Jacob Murphy (25*) and Shubham Bhargave (14*) to steady the ship, and see us to 5/102 at stumps, requiring 99 more for victory.

The 3rd XI have set themselves up well, needing a further 120 to win on Saturday after bowling out Dandenong for 195. Goad wound up with 6/60, the others were all single wicket-takers, on a Watson Park wicket that also provided a little more for the bowling side than normal.

After the early loss of Jake Marnie hit wicket, Nick Trapani and Luke Spence steadied the ship before Trapani’s dismissal for 23. Shane Mays remained undefeated with Spence, who will be shuffled down to the 4th XI to open up a spot for Sam Elliott.

All four games hang in the balance, and hopefully we can make it a successful day on Saturday to set up the club’s position heading into Christmas.

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