Riyaz Pathan scored his maiden century for Camberwell in the 3rd XI, in what was the highlight of the Saturday/Sunday round as Camberwell scored victories in the 2nd & 3rd XIs versus Carlton over the weekend.
Starting the weekend outside of the top eight, and playing eighth spot, it was a crucial game for the 3rd XI. And Saturday couldn’t have gone much better – Paddy McKenna won the toss and was able to come into bat with the score at 1/92 upon the dimissal of Jacob Murphy (24). McKenna (51) then combined for a 102 run partnership with Pathan, putting the Pies well ahead of the game on a reasonably slow Watson Park outfield.
Pathan was eventually dismissed for 141, including 14 fours and 2 sixes, after putting on another 44 with Hamish Burrill (36*). He was joined by Jake Marnie (13*) until the declaration came in the 72nd over with the total at 3/279.
Lachie Mahon was able to strike for his first wicket of the season in the short spell before stumps, and continued in a similar mood the next day. He took the first three poles to reduce Carlton to 3/25, and when the skipper took two wickets himself, the Blues were reeling at 5/29. Strong resistance came from Dean (76 from 160) in the middle order which but Hamish Burrill (2/16) and Fraser Thomas (3/12) combined to clean up the bottom order as Carlton was bowled out for 160.
The 1st XI were also at home, enduring a disappointing two days of cricket as they were defeated outright by Carlton. Having lost the toss under overcast skies, we were bowled out for 90 from 43.5 overs – Adit Pawha (29) the only batsman to pass twenty. Camberwell made their own early inroads, with Will Walker (3/46) taking three early wickets to reduce Carlton to 4/35. However, some lax fielding and Evan Gulbis aggression saw the Blues pass the total and end the day at 6/208.
After an overnight declaration things got off to a similarly poor start – we were once again in strife at 4/32. From this point onwards, a number of starts helped give the total some respectability – Sam Newell top scored with 48 as he continued to show his ability at 1st XI level, he and Dylan Hodge (36) put on a partnership of 75 in quick time increase the possibility of fending off the outright. But without the required substantive individual score we were bowled out for 232, leaving Carlton 115 for outright victory with most of the last session to bat.
This was achieved in only 15.5 overs – while Will Walker (2/15) again struck early, Brayden Stepien’s 42 ball 74* ensured Carlton secured the ten points. This leaves finals virtually impossible for the 1st XI with two games left in the season.
The 4th XI batted first at Princess Park, with things started off poorly as debutant Will Ringin was dismissed with the first ball he faced in the green and gold. The batting effort suffered from losing wickets in clumps – three times losing two wickets within four runs of each other, and eventually losing the last three wickets for 1 run. This saw us bowled out for 134 – Tom Donaldson top scoring with 46 and Griffin McComb next best, last man out on 32.
The game never really seemed in any doubt for the Blues as they put on 113 for the first wicket. The bowlers were all reasonably economical – Dan Walker with 1/18 from 12 leading the pace attack, and Eshaan Patel off-spin continuing its improvement with 2/31 from 11. However, the star was the returning Anton Ponnamperuma, taking 5/58 to be the best of the bowlers. Carlton finished the match with the score at 8/211, and this has pushed the 4th XI to the lower reaches of the top 8.
Finally, the 2nd XI moved within two points of top of the ladder with a win over a young Carlton team. It was hardly the most comprehensive performance, but they found a way to win having been in some trouble at 8/148 batting first on a good wicket. They’d only got to the point due to James Wiseman (45) and Jake Martin (34), but from there Steve Singh (65) and Chris Bridle (38) both made their highest scores for the club in a 94 run ninth wicket partnership. This allowed us to scrounge our way to 248 all out against an undermanned Carlton attack due to injury and a bowler removed due to two beamers – a competitive total but still under par in great conditions.
It certainly seemed so as Carlton reached 1/97 with twenty minutes before lunch. However, Singh (2/46) continued his fine game, securing the breakthrough before Shubham Bhargave (2/11 from ten overs) dismissed the dangerous Lachlan McKenna (57) to give us the momentum into the intermission. This was further capitalised upon after the break through a Chris Bridle run out – he then took two wickets to enhance his match and reduce Carlton to 7/158.
We bowled tightly after this, and while there were some small partnerships we were able to secure the tenth wicket with the score on 198; James Wiseman taking the last two wickets. It was a great effort having been staring down the barrel a couple of times, but hopefully we can get ourselves in front of the game over the coming weeks.