Robert Capstick was the hero, the 4th XI number 11 managing to score the winning run to ensure victory for the Fourths down at Kardinia Park, and in doing so earn Camberwell a “Magpie Day” with four wins against Geelong.
The morning didn’t get off to the best start for the 4th XI, as the last pair added an additional 40 from only 8.5 overs to extend the target to 236. Openers Jake Marnie (39) and Riyaz Pathan (33) looked like making short work of the total, racing to 0/75 at run a ball before they were both dismissed in quick succession. A steady diet of wickets fell from this point onwards, leaving victory a difficult proposition at 6/120.
Angus Steele joined Sumeet Badkar and began to wrestle back the momentum before Steele (25) was knocked over by the opposition captain, who was on his way to a five wicket haul. Griffin McComb joined Badkar and set about gaining the valuable six points, putting on seventy to take the score to 7/222 when Badkar was bowled one short of a maiden fifty for the club.
Things started getting nervy, and it was a slow crawl towards the fifteen runs needed. When McComb (36) was bowled trying to hit the winning boundary, we still needed four to win with Capstick coming to the crease to join Dan Walker. With Capstick surviving the remaining three balls of the over, the next over saw Walker struck a two before taking a risky single from the second last ball. Capstick edged the last ball of the over, and a diving keeper couldn’t hold onto the catch as the pair completed the single – and Capstick found himself closer to Warrnambool than his teammates as he continued to run through in celebration!
Over the road, the 2nd XI recorded a comfortable win. With Matthew Whittaker (4/64) bowling beautifully, we took 3/42 in the morning and were able to bowl out Geelong for 239. This left us with 75 overs to conduct our chase in excellent batting conditions. It turned out we only needed 56 to gain the six points – after the early loss of Di Stefano, Ben Rowles (29) combined with Daniel Rawson to take us to lunch with only one wicket lost.
Rowles was dismissed soon after the resumption, but a 178 run partnership between Rawson (82*) and Shane Mays (107) had the game all but won upon Mays’ dismissal with the score at 226. We lost another late wicket but managed to record a six wicket victory.
The 3rd XI were sent in at Watson Park, beginning with a 37 run partnership before Jake Martin (15) was dismissed. It was the two leaders of the team who put Camberwell in a strong position. Nick Trapani (73) and Paddy McKenna (76) combined to take the score to 141, while James Wiseman (27 from 29) and Tom Evans (24 from 15) were able to control the late overs to set the ladder leading Geelong 7/238 to win.
Steve Singh (4/18) set about making this nigh-on impossible for the Cats, as he struck three times before the score reached 30 to put a dent in their top order. The opposition captain struck a brisk 64 featuring five maximums to bring Geelong back into the game, but he never received enough support as we were able to bowl out the opposition for 168. Tom Vanderslik (2/39) and McKenna (2/7) were the other multiple wicket-takers in an important win for the 3rd XI.
Similar to the 3rds, the 1st XI were desperate for a win against Geelong, and were bolstered by the inclusion of Melbourne Renegade Beau Webster (27 from 55). He opened the batting with Chris Thewlis, who got off to a flyer with 50 from 32 balls, and set the innings up as we reached 3/119 after 25. The introduction of Geelong’s spinners – they combined for 5/119 from 30 overs – brought the Cats back into the game.
It was up to the quicks to get a competitive score on the board in the last ten overs as we were reduced to 6/183, and they were able to. Brendan Drew continued his love affair with Geelong, finishing with 53 from 48, while Dylan Hodge contributed 30 from 24 to help get us up to 9/270.
The Geelong reply was anchored by star Eamonn Vines, who top scored with 61 from 88 balls. However, our attack – which featured three right arm off-spinners – was helped by the number of left handers that Geelong had, and were able to build the required pressure, and take enough wickets, for us to keep them behind the eight ball throughout.
Crucial to the result was Kevin Prior’s two wickets in two balls, to dismiss Vines and Treble, reducing Geelong to 6/154. He finished with 3/48, Hodge took 2/36 while Webster’s economical 1/33 from 10 was also vital as Geelong finished 9/253 . That win leaves the 1st XI seven points behind eighth on the ladder – a loss would have made things very difficult.