Three teams tasted victory as we finished our round of matches against Greenvale Kangaroos. Interestingly, all four teams are placed fourth on their respective ladder as we enter the final two matches of the season.
With good batting conditions presented at Greenvale Recreational Reserve, the 1st XI chose to bat on. This lasted four overs, adding an additional 25 runs before they were bowled out for 268. With the ball, the combination of Drew and Walker reduced Greenvale to 4/24, and making victory very difficult to achieve. Some lower order resistance saw the Kangaroos reach 158, with Brendan Drew finishing with 4/19, Tom Russ bowling beautifully for 3/42 and Walker another two wickets.
With a full session remaining, Greenvale were asked to bat again, and this time it was Matthew Whittaker doing the damage, taking 3/20 to help reduce Greenvale to 4/28. However, we struggled to make any further inroads, Brendan Drew taking one more wicket as we shook hands with only three overs remaining at 5/87.
The 2nd XI resumed needing a further four wickets, and Mark Dwyer reduced that by a quarter in two consecutive balls with the score on 67. He ended up with 5/30 from 20 overs, while as a group the attack managed to bowl 37 maidens from 91 completed overs, a great effort. They bowled out the Kangaroos for 204, with Simon O’Brien (2/72) and Steve Singh (2/47) the other multiple wicket takers.
Nick Trapani ensured a comfortable chase for the 3rd XI, as he made his third century for the season. They reached their target with seven wickets in hand, and soon declared to see if they could extract some extra points. Harrison Goad claimed two wickets, as did Tom Vanderslik, as they reduced the opposition to 6/60 from 30 overs, but time proved the enemy.
The 4th XI just fell short, as the combination of David Emerson, Anton Ponnamperuma and Griffin McComb helped the team set a target of 181, an additional 30 runs from the overnight score. It was spin that was most successful in defending the total, with all wickets taken by either Anton Ponnamperuma – who ended up with 7/56 – and Luke Spence. A collapse of 5/14, leaving Greenvale at 5/51 in the chase. But their lower order rallied, and William Hoye proved to be the difference – he scored 58* from number nine, as the Kangaroos gained victory by one wicket.
We remain in third position in the club championship, although Monash Tigers put a bigger gap on the field over the course of the round. They lead Melbourne CC by 45 points, who are six points in front of us. This week we take on Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club, with the 1st XI and 3rd XI at home.