Playing Kingston Hawthorn for the first time, there were some fantastic personal highlights as the lower grades dominated, but the 1st XI game hangs in the balance as we began the penultimate match of the season.
The 4th XI played at Ian Johnson Reserve in St Kilda. As per previous matches they have played there, the wicket was flat but slow, and made both batting and bowling hard work. The score of 235 was largely due to the efforts of Luke Spence, who made 136. Having made a few starts in the past few weeks, he went on and notched up his first century for the club and helped set a competitive total.
Unfortunately he never got too much support, and we were bowled out in the 72nd over. The Hawks are 0/15 after six, with Anton Ponnamperuma to return next week to continue his wicket-taking form, having taken 22 wickets at 11.5 so far this season.
The 3rd XI took the early impetus after Kingston Hawthorn won the toss, with James Pearson (3/36) and Harrison Goad (1/31) combining to reduce the opposition to 3/3. They ended up bowling them out for 115 from 64.3 overs, a great effort on a good Watson Park wicket. The spin twins of Tom Vanderslik and Kevin Prior combined for 5/45 from 33 overs, as Kingston sought a more defensive approach after being 7/79.
Nick Trapani continued his good form as the response began, he is 20* as we reached 1/45 from 19 overs. Jake Martin is the other not-out batsman overnight (13*), and Adit Pawha has been dismissed (9).
The 2nd XI have already wrapped up first innings points, after Steven Singh inspired a demolition job on the Hawks’ batting line-up. They were bowled out for 63, as Singh took 6/26 from 11 overs, including a hat-trick. Mark Dwyer took three wickets, while Chris Bridle snared his first wicket in the 2nd XI to round out proceedings.
In response, the Pies were aggressive in chasing down the total and getting ahead, eventually declaring at tea on 7/159 from 36 overs. Tom Rickarby was the stand out scoring 80*, while Marnie, Persson-Clark and Richardson all contributed starts.
The aggressive batting continued on in the last session, as the home side reached 3/122, a lead of 26. This time it was the spin of Richardson and Bhargave who got the late breakthroughs, after the lead was wiped out with the loss of only one wicket. Chris Bridle also took one wicket, as the boys set about chasing ten points next week.
The 1st XI won the toss and batted in lovely conditions at Camberwell Sports Ground. Simon Hill was the star as he made his 12th Premier Cricket century, an even 100 as he was dismissed at 5/172. Ben Rowles, Justin Lampard and Brendan Drew all got starts, but couldn’t reach 30, and the last five wickets were wrapped up for 21 as we were bowled out for 236.
We had eight overs to bowl, but couldn’t make any inroads at their top order, and we only have 213 runs to play with next week, in what will need to be a top class bowling effort.