The Camberwell Magpies were the only team to surpass 300 in the round of 1st XI two day matches, while the 3rd & 4th XIs have given themselves a chance against Frankston Peninsula after the first day of Round 14.
At Watson Park, the boys had a good start bowling first, reducing Frankston to 3/48. However, from here the Heat won out – both the team and temperature, as it was only Manish Kingar who was able to stem the flow of runs from a lower order revival. He took 4/36 as the Heat finished at 8/227.
The 3rd XI found themselves scrambling throughout the day, but managed to get a defendable score on the board. After the early loss of the two openers, it was a series of starts throughout the order with only Angus Steele (36*) reaching the 30s.
Paddy McKenna, Tom Evans, Riyaz Pathan, Tom Vanderslik and Riley Griffiths all got themselves into the 20s, but there was no partnership bigger than 44. Camberwell ended up being bowled out in the last over of the day for 207.
With the late withdrawal of Daniel Rawson, Adit Pawha got a chance at the top of the order for the 1st XI and took it with both hands. After losing two wickets with the score on 18, he shared a 78 run partnership with Simon Hill before being dismissed on 58 by an Ashkenazi yorker. It was his first half century in the top grade.
Simon Hill was then the backbone of the innings, sharing in stands of 30 with Chris Thewlis (20) and 55 with Brendan Drew (24). But when Drew and Hill (73 from 176 balls) were dismissed within 11 runs of each other, suddenly the innings was looking somewhat shaky.
Sam Newell (43) and Dylan Hodge (44) joined together to claim the momentum back from Frankston. As the heat helped the wicket flattened out, they put on a stand of 79 to ensure that we had a good total to bowl at next week. Even after their dismissals, Kevin Prior and Matthew Whittaker contributed 16* each to get us past 300, and end up at 8/316 at the end of a good day’s play for the Pies.
The 2nd XI weren’t playing on Saturday due to Camberwell Sports Ground hosting the WBBL – they’ll be playing a Saturday – Sunday game next week.