All four teams have given themselves a chance to push for a win against Greenvale Kangaroos on the weekend. The highlight was the 236 run partnership between Daniel Rawson and Jake Marnie for the 2nd XI, who who passed over 300 at Camberwell Sports Ground.
With wickets sitting under covers for around three days, there was reason to suggest it should be a good bowling day. Angus Brown, the 2nd XI captain also would have chosen to take the field, but was unsuccessful at the toss. Morgan Persson-Clark didn’t get off the mark, but it was all smooth sailing after that.
Marnie (138) and Rawson (143*) took the score from 1/17 to 2/253, amazingly not even the best second wicket partnership this season for the seconds (Rickarby and Murphy, vs Northcote). Nick Richardson returned to the seconds with a cameo of 23, while Shane Mays gave the innings some further impetus with 38* from 23 balls.
The declaration came at 3/334, leaving 21 overs to bowl at Greenvale. Mark Dwyer (1/0 from 3) and Simon O’Brien (1/16 from 9) were the two successful bowlers as they finished at 2/37.
The 1st XI also lost the toss and were asked to bat. The first sesson was a win to the Magpies, losing only one wicket in conditions that provided a lot for the bowlers – Ben Rowles in particular batting manfully for 45. However, after lunch disaster struck as we lost 5/14 to find ourselves at 6/98, and later 7/112.
Tom Russ was down the other end for all of those wickets, and managed to find a willing ally in Jack McNamara to pull the team out of the mire. Tom ended up with a fantastic 62 from 176 balls, while Jack ended on 67*, getting some good late support from Matthew Whittaker (18*). Ending the day at 8/243 gives the captain the option of batting on next week if required.
Chris Bridle took his first five wicket haul for the club, as the 3rd XI took 78.4 overs to bowl out the Kangaroos. James Pearson, returning from injury, took 4/30 from 19 overs, while Bridle’s 5/23 came from 16.4 overs. A spell of 4/0 with the score on 174 was crucial in keeping the opposition under 200. The chase will begin next week.
The 4th XI were effected by a delayed start and didn’t get on until 3pm. They lost the toss and asked to bat on a wicket that had been affected by rain. Luke Spence batted like a man in form, but didn’t received much support apart from Adi Narayana (33) and Nick Chancellor (24), as he reached 49.
Greenvale took consistent wickets throughout the day, with the Pies finishing at 8/151 from 48 overs. Griffin McComb is 13*, with Anton Ponnamperuma at the crease as well in his first innings for the club since 25th January 2014. Club legend David Emerson is in next, so hopefully the remaining partnerships can muster up enough runs to defend next week.