The 3rd XI was the only team to hold up their end of the bargain, as they snuck through with a tight win, while the other three teams were defeated comfortably by St Kilda.
At Camberwell, we inserted the Saints, and having dismissed their top three batsmen for under 40 we had set ourselves up well to restrict the target. However, from there we didn’t take another wicket, with Michelmore (111*) and Egan (82*) combining to post a formidable 3/273.
In response we lost three early wickets, and from 3/26 things were always going to be difficult. Tom Rickarby found some support from Simon Hill (28), and then Brendan Drew but upon his dismissal for 62 from 55 balls, we lost 5/13 and ended up losing by 134 runs.
At Harry Trott, we lost the toss and St Kilda got off to an ideal start – they put on 137 for the first wicket, and looked set for a big total. We were able to restrict them in the second half of the innings, as the wicket slowed up and we got the ball reverse swinging. The Saints finished at 7/227, with Mark Dwyer, Steve Singh and Jack McNamara all taking a pair of wickets.
The response never really got off the ground – we soon found ourselves at 4/39 and then 6/67. Sam Newell (40) joined McNamara (33), and they put on 55 for the seventh wicket and started to get the 2nd XI back into the contest, but the run rate required proved too much, the last four wickets falling in the chase for quick runs as we were bowled out for 160.
The 3rd XI batted first, and the top three got the business done; Josh Carmichael, coming down from Mildura to play his first game for the year, top scored with 50, while his opening partner Nick Trapani notched up 36. While Nick Dixon remained 46* batting at three, no-one else got into double figures till Riley Griffiths (11*) at number 10. We finished at 8/183 from our 45 overs.
It was always a tight chase, with St Kilda putting together a number of partnerships but no-one scoring more than 28. Andrew Chau (3/31) was the best of the bowlers, while the pacers all picked up individual wickets. Needing seven from the last over, Tom Vanderslik came through with the goods, dismissing former CMCC 1st XI bowling average winner Simon O’Brien with the second last ball of the game. We had bowled the Saints out for 180, winning by three runs in Luke Spence’s 100th game.
The 4th XI had a disastrous start at Ian Johnson Oval, falling to 5/22. Leon Danicic (14) combined with Cameron Gell (33) to stop the rot, before Tom Donaldson (48) joined Gell, batting aggressively to put a score on the board to defend. We were bowled out with three balls remaining for 133.
The score always looked a bit small, but we bowled in a disciplined enough manner to make the Saints nervous. Sachin Anand (3/27) bowled really well through the middle; he was the only multiple wicket-taker as St Kilda chased down the total with five overs left, and three wickets in hand.
A disappointing weekend against one of the front runners in the Club Championship – we need to dust ourselves off and perform better against Dandenong this week in the first two day game of the season.
The 2nd XI will be at home, playing Saturday/Sunday due to WBBL commitments at Camberwell Sports Ground the following week, while for everyone else it will be a Saturday-Saturday game.