Saturday’s action saw a terrible day for the 1st XI, but the other three teams have put up defendable scores having batted first against Dandenong.
The 1st XI had a torrid time at Shepley Oval. Former England international Darren Pattinson came on at first change, and took five of the next six wickets to fall. We lost consistent wickets throughout the innings, with only Daniel Rawson (29) and Sam Newell (25) on debut reaching the twenties. We were bowled out for 102 from 56.2 overs, and things didn’t get any better after that.
We weren’t able to take a wicket in the 39 overs that we bowled as Tom Donnell and Brett Forsyth finished the day undefeated, and 29 runs ahead of our total.
Over the road, we won the toss and batted first on a good wicket. Both openers got starts, but Paddy McKenna and Hamish Burrill were able to put on 96 for the third wicket to set the day up. Burrill was dismissed for 58 in his return to cricket after illness, and further support came in the form of Tom Vanderlik. He combined with McKenna for a 130 run partnership, before McKenna was dismissed on exactly 100. Vanderslik lost his wicket soon after for 57, in the pursuit of quick runs, as we finished the day at 6/282 from the 80 over allotment.
The 4th XI also won the toss, and Riyaz Pathan set himself for a big innings at the top of the order. We were 2/8 after the loss of Badkar and Parsons, but Pathan combined with Angus Brown to dig us out of trouble. Brown scored freely, with five boundaries and a maximum in his 62 before being dismissed with the score on 111. Pathan took over the scoring impetus, as we reached 3/160. However, the loss of Pathan for 74 saw a collapse follow – we were bowled out for 196, which was a decent score on a slow wicket and outfield but could have been a lot better.
Dandenong had an eight over stint at the batting crease, and Simon Rachcoff (1/13) struck early before they finished the day at 1/30. With Dandenong one spot ahead of us on the ladder, it’s a huge game before the Christmas break.
At Camberwell, the 2nd XI have notched up 222 from 75 overs – this left 18 overs to bowl after which Dandenong are 3/69. This game is a Saturday/Sunday, and a more in depth review will come later in the week.