It was the epitome of a mixed weekend for Camberwell as they came up against Frankston. The 2nd XI were the only team to gain a victory, while the 3rd XI managed to get some points on the back of Tom Vanderslik’s six wicket haul.
Defending 207, Joe Doyle struck with an early wicket, but in the end it was spin that the captain relied upon to take the wickets. Vanderslik bowled a marathon 34.3 overs on the bounce, taking 6/94. Camberwell managed to take consistent wickets, with no partnership exceeding 46, nor a Frankston batsman surpassing 31. Riyaz Pathan provided excellent support with his off-spin, taking 2/26 from 20 overs.
The ninth wicket was taken with fifteen runs still required, but the numbers 10 and 11 managed to inch closer to the total. With two runs to win, Vanderslik dragged down a rare short ball, and was cut through the field – Angus Steele was the one who chased the ball down and threw it to Riley Griffiths, and due to a mix-up between the two batsmen, who took the bails off and ensured the game ended as a tie.
The 1st XI were also down at Frankston, and endured a frustrating day as the game petered out to a draw. We bowled tightly throughout the first two sessions, but Frankston had weathered the storm and were 3/156 at tea, looking to be in a strong position to pursue the 317 to win. However, after tea Camberwell took control of the game, causing a collapse of 4/2 to leave Frankston at 7/168. From this point onwards, the Heat shut up shop via the two Boland brothers, and we were unable to break the partnership. Brendan Drew took 4/22 from 16 overs, while skipper Tom Russ chipped in with 2/61 from 24.
The 4th XI were unable to chase down the 227 required for victory, and it didn’t start well with us falling quickly to 3/24. Griffin McComb and Paul Niklas tried to put the innings back together, but this was the only real resistance of substance, as McComb was dismissed with the score on 72. Niklas top scored with 35, as we wound up being bowled out for 158. Charley Smith contributed 20 in his first bat for the club, but aside from that it was a disappointing day for the 4ths.
The 2nds won the toss and batted on a great track to set a total on Saturday. Nick Trapani and Ben Rowles batted throughout the first session to put us in a position to control the game, but after the dismissal of Trapani (55) on 113, we gave away all the momentum. Rowles also made a half century but was out cutting the off-spinner five runs later, and in the end we lost six wickets in the middle session.
James Wiseman helped drag us back in control of the game, scoring quickly upon coming in at 5/152, which soon became 6/165. His 54 from 78 balls helped take the team well past 200 and towards a defendable score as he put on 75 with Jack McNamara. Upon Wiseman’s dismissal, Steve Singh brought similar impetus to the crease, driving fluently to 43 from 68 balls in a partnership of 90 with McNamara (66). They were both dismissed in the final two overs of the day, as we ended up 9/335 at the end of Saturday’s play.
We declared and set about taking some wickets in the morning, but they weren’t easy to come by. Chris Bridle returned to the 2nd XI for the first time in 2017/18, and got the first breakthrough after a 71 run opening partnership. We weren’t able to take consistent wickets at any stage, and while we bowled reasonably, Frankston were up to the task. They played solid risk free cricket up to the tea break, at which they were 3/172.
Straight after the break, the game changed with Frankston attacking the spinners. They added 97 in the hour after tea, but lost three wickets in doing so, as Shubham Bhargave (3/56 from 22) bowled beautifully throughout the day and got some deserved reward. The quicks came back on and we took the new ball – Steve Singh’s dismissal of Elcock proving to be crucial as the Heat had reached 6/287. We took the eighth wicket not long after, and while there were some lusty blows from the Frankston tail, we took the last wicket with the score on 317, winning by 18 runs. Mark Dwyer took 3/72 from 19.5, and Bridle had 2/30 from 12 overs in an assured display.