The 1st & 2nd XI both endured batting woes as they lost to Footscray on the weekend. The 3rd XI had a strong victory, but it was a disappointing weekend for Camberwell.
At Merv Hughes Oval, Footscray batted first and set a strong total of 5/238. After the early dismissal of Butterworth, two large partnerships put the Bulldogs at 1/164 from where they could dominate the innings. We weren’t able to apply any pressure throughout the middle overs, while Will Walker once again was the best of the bowlers, getting through his ten overs with 1/24.
The response never got going – the largest partnerships were the first (32) and the last (37). We were bowled out for 134, Will Walker top scoring from number 11 with 23 – his highest score for the club in what was about the only highlight on a miserable day for the 1st XI.
At Camberwell Sports Ground, the 2nd XI won the toss and bowled first. Similarly to the 1st XI, Footscray were in control having been 1/101 at the halfway mark. From there, we did a great job of pulling the game back into our favour, as Footscray only managed to double their score from the halfway mark. Steve Singh and Kevin Prior both ended up with three wickets as we ended up taking 9 for the innings.
Chasing a score that we thought was under par, it quickly became daunting as we collapsed to 5/41. Captain Shane Mays provided the backbone of the rescue mission – he was very positive in constructing his 67. He found some support from Jack McNamara (38) as they put on a partnership of 95, but they lost their wickets within 12 runs of each other to leave us at 7/148. Joe Doyle (16) and Prior (18*) got us close enough to start considering a lucky escape, but in the end we were bowled out for 184 with 14 overs remaining.
The 3rd XI had a comprehensive win at Tony Dodemaide Oval led by the batting effort. Nick Trapani set the tone with 50 from 51 balls opening the batting, while his partner Jake Martin scored his third half century for the season with 65. From there, Hamish Burril (59) led the innings through the second half, while the lower order provided some cameos as we wound up at 7/247 from 45 overs.
Footscray’s response threatened, but with no batsman scoring 46 eventually fell short. Lachie Mahon bowled eight overs for 19, Chris Bridle took 3 wickets in his return to 3rd XI cricket while the spin of Burrill, Ahmed and Vanderslik combined for 5/100. The Bulldogs were bowled out for 205, leaving the 3rd XI at 3 wins and 2 losses for the season.
The 4th XI game was abandoned due to a wet wicket.
We come up against reigning 1st XI premier Fitzroy Doncaster this weekend, with the 1st XI having only two wins to their name, while the other three teams all have notched up three wins to this point.