Daniel Walker followed up last week’s five wicket haul with 7/14 to help roll Casey South Melbourne for 52 and ensure that the 4th XI secured first innings points on Day 1 of the last round of the season. His 1st XI namesake was also amongst the wickets, while the 3rd XI secured first innings points as well, with Joe Doyle hitting form at the right time of the year.
The 1st XI bowled first at Camberwell where Will Walker struck twice early to leave Casey 2/18. Casey’s middle order were able to establish some partnerships without ever taking the game away from the Pies, reaching 6/165. However, after Matthew Whittaker (1/11 from 14) took the wicket of Pollock, Walker came back and took the last three wickets to bowl out Casey for 165 – a collapse of 4/0. Walker ended up with 5/39 from 18.1 overs, while the other five wickets were shared individually.
We had 22 overs to face before the end of the day, and were able to accumulate 2/80 by stumps. Adit Pawha (24*) and Simon Hill (22*) walked off the field together, while Morgan Persson-Clark contributed 23 at the top of the order.
The 2nd XI also bowled first and, led by Steve Singh, put together their best bowling performance for some time. He bowled a 12 over first spell, taking 3/30 as five of the first six batsmen were dismissed in single figures. Casey were reduced to 5/47, with Mark Dwyer (2/30) and James Wiseman (1/16) also contributing. Shubham Bhargave continued to provide a spinning threat, taking 2/30 from 16 as his good bowling form in two day cricket continued. Singh (4/30) came back on to take the last wicket as the Seconds bowled out Casey for 142.
Camberwell lost Jake Martin early for a duck, but managed to negotiate the rest of the day without losing any more wickets. Ben Rowles (51*) looked particularly good, while Daniel Rawson (40*) was solid, the pair walked off with the score at 1/98 after 41 overs.
The 3rd XI took consistent wickets throughout the day, with Joe Doyle, despite three dropped catches in the slip cordon, taking 4/35 from 14 overs to be the star of the show. Hamish Burrill continued his good bowling form taking 3/13, as the Swans were bowled out for 101 from 47.4 overs. Nick Trapani with 2/4 from 7 overs was the other multiple wicket-taker.
The skipper wanted to try and get the runs before stumps, and with 35 overs available the 3rd XI were able to achieve that. Riyaz Pathan (33) and Paddy McKenna (23) put on 54 after the early loss of Trapani, while Burrill (37*) saw the team through to 6/119 by stumps, securing first innings points and hopefully a finals appearance in doing so.
The 4th XI had a great day after Dan Walker ran through the top order, taking the first six wickets to reduce Casey to 6/23. In a highly polished performance, Camberwell were able to bowl out the Swans for 52 from 30.1 overs, and then put on 114 for the first wicket in response. Adi Narayana (68*) and Alex Ross (53) both scored half centuries at the top of the order, and we eventually declared after 35 overs with the score at 2/127.
This left eight overs to bowl before stumps, but the bowlers weren’t able to grab any wickets in that session, Casey finishing 62 runs behind with ten wickets in hand. Hopefully the 4ths can grab the ten wickets again and try to secure full points heading into finals, a real confidence booster for the young team.
We continue on Saturday with the 1st & 3rd XIs at home, before heading into the Annual Ball on Saturday night. Hopefully we can secure four wins to celebrate the end of the regular season at the Junction Oval!