4ths celebrate Christmas with a win

With the 2nd XI finishing their game last Saturday, it was only the 4th XI who managed to gain any points. The 1st XI fended off the outright attempt by Dandenong, while the 3rd XI fell two wickets short of a win.

At Dandenong, the Panthers batted aggressively in the 1st XI, pushing on from their strong position at 0/131 overnight. We were able to take five wickets (Will Walker 3/79) in the morning session while Dandenong added 110, declaring just before lunch. This left a nasty little session of fifteen minutes for Camberwell to negotiate, which we were able to do.

After lunch, things didn’t travel so smoothly though. The first innings destroyers, McMaster and Pattinson took two quick wickets to reduce us to 2/20. Tom Russ helped stem the tide with 16, but he was also claimed by the former England Test player.

Tom Rickarby joined Simon Hill at 3/49, still 92 runs in arrears, but they were able to negotiate the period through to tea with a disciplined partnership. After tea, Simon particularly was able to accelerate, playing aggressively and helping us back in front at which point hands were shaken. They put on a 94 run partnership, Hill finishing 72* and Rickarby with 34*.

Over the road at Wilson Oval, we declared on our overnight total of 6/280, and things couldn’t have gotten of to a better start; Chris Bridle taking two wickets in two balls to have Dandy at 2/2. A good partnership helped re-establish their innings, but after reaching 70 the next twenty minutes were chaos.

Having already had to make use of a runner for the opening batsman, the other batsman had to retire hurt following a top edge from Andrew Chau into his helmet. A run out and a stumping fell in the following overs, and suddenly Chau had two wickets, and we had Dandenong on the back foot at 5/76 with a man retired hurt.

Chau managed to claim a third before the tea break, at which Dandenong were 6/101. After tea, the intent died down from the batting team as they set about securing a draw on a flat surface. We toiled away, but with the batsman who retired hurt returning to the crease and batting well, we were unable to secure the breakthroughs to win.

All the bowlers contributed to a disciplined effort; Chris Bridle toiled away, taking 2/29, while Andrew Chau ended up with the best figures. He took 4/97, bowling with some very aggressive fields, getting good turn and showing his variations.

The 4th XI were defending 196, needing nine more wickets as Dandenong resumed at 1/30. The quicks were able to do the damage as the 4th XI claimed the points. Simon Rachcoff had his best game for the club so far, taking three wickets leading the bowling attack. He was supported by Rob Capstick, who also took three wickets, as we managed to bowl out Dandenong for 152. This leaves the 4th XI fifth on the ladder, with five games left in the season.

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