Last weekend produced an outstanding result for the club taking all four wins against the Geelong Cricket Club.
There were many outstanding contributions across the day but none more so than Captain-Coach Brendan Drew smashing his maiden century for the club finishing on 131* off 103 balls including 10 x 4’s and an astonishing 8 x 6’s. For this outstanding innings, Drewy also took home the Cricket Victoria Premier Cricketer of the Round.
The First XI won the toss and elected to bat at Camberwell Sports Ground and made the most of the good pitch that was rolled out and the fast outfield. With a large partnership by Drew and Lampard (41) in the middle order, the Pies were able to set Geelong the large task of 293 off the 50 overs.
A 106 run partnership for Geelong in their middle order halted out momentum for a while, but with consistent wickets through the innings and Jack McNamara (3/43 off 9 overs) and Mark Dwyer (2/45 off 10 overs) taking key scalps, as well as some amazing fielding by Jack McNamara, the Pies were able to bowl the Cats out in the 42nd over for 209.
The Second XI won the toss down at Geelong and batted. Losing centurion from last week Ben Rowles early for just 13, Jake Marnie (51) and Luke Spence (25) put on a reasonable partnership. Some poor batting through the middle order saw the Pies losing consistent wickets but fortunately for some lower order runs, we were eventually bowled out in the last over for 183.
The bowling started very well with key wickets early as we had the cats 4/26 and really under pressure. As is often the case, the cats were able to build a partnership through the middle order, however, the Pies put the foot down as Ajay Bhatt finished the innings off and bowled the Cats out for 149 in the 43rd over. Outstanding bowling by Matt Whittaker (3/32) and Bhatt (1/10 off 6) keeping it tight.
In the Third XI, skipper Jake Murphy won the toss and elected to bat at the usually flat Watson Park. A good start by openers Charles Norbury (29) and Zac Elliott (32) set the game up for their team mates. I am sure they will look to go on further next week. Chris Thewlis came to the crease at 2/75 and made a fairly quick 47. Unfortunately there were not many other contributions other than Tom Vanderslik with a vital 22 but we were eventually bowled out for just 212 with 5 overs remaining.
With no early wickets for the Pies, it looked like a difficult task to defend the 212 we had set at Watson Park. However, Kevin Prior (3/28) was able to remove both openers and then Tom Vanderslik (2/27) got a couple of quick ones, the pies were able to roll through the rest of their batting order and bowl the Cats out for just 159 off 43 overs.
In the Fourth XI, the Pies lost the toss and Geelong decided to have a bat. After a reasonable start by the Cats, the Pies were able to orchestrate a mid-order collapse with Pickles (4/29) and Anton (2/21) doing the most damage and eventually bowling the Cats out for 120 in the 37th over. An outstanding effort by the Pies with the ball.
In reply, the skipper Josh Boehm (3) was out early but Gheller (55*) and stalwart Eastham (51) made the run chase look easy passing the total in the 26th over.
A great weekend for the club celebrating wins in each grade against a quality opposition that we highly respect.
Looking forward to this weekends double header against Dandenong and Frankston Peninsula.
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