There were a few “celebrity” appearances, and it got a bit wet late, but in the end the Pies managed to snare four wins against Kingston Hawthorn. Adit Pawha was the star of the day with 128*, his first century for the club, and the 2nd XI remain undefeated after three matches.
The 4th XI racked up 9/252 from their 45 overs at Watson Park. James Vlaeminck, playing his first game for the club, set things up with 73 opening the innings. Tom Donaldson continued his good form with 31, while Ben McIntosh (27), Mitch Keedle (43) and Mandeep Oberoi (25) also chipped in.
Nick Chancellor was the star with the ball, taking 5/29 with his left arm spin, having opened the bowling alongside captain Neil Gray (2/31). Oberoi also took two wickets, while Alok Bist was responsible for a run out, as Kingston were bowled out for 158.
Nick Trapani set up the 3rd XI win at Ian Johnson Oval, scoring 95 opening the batting. Simon Eastham (23) and Eddie Wilson (24) were part of 47 and 63 run partnerships with him, and this helped set up an above par score on a slow wicket.
The rain arrived with Kingston having plenty of wickets in hand; they were 2/112 but with only eleven overs remaining. Tom Shannon took an early wicket, the other being a run out, but all bowlers were economical as the Pies claimed victory via the rain rule.
The 2nd XI chased down 246 to win, a good effort in fine batting conditions at Camberwell. The majority of the bowling innings went smoothly, but the Hawks pilfered the last ten overs for ninety runs to set up the intimidating target. Hamish Burrill got through his ten overs for 33 runs along with a wicket, and Mark Dwyer was the only multiple wicket-taker.
Burrill was amongst the runs as well, scoring his maiden 2nd XI half century, and shared a 118 run partnership with Pawha, whose century featured 19 fours. Luke Spence, elevated from the 3rd XI, also contributed 36 as victory was achieved with 21 balls remaining.
At Walter Galt Reserve, Tom Russ ripped through the Kingston middle order with 4/36, leaving them at 6/74 and in deep trouble. Their lower order combined to get themselves to 161 but it was still under par in fantastic batting conditions. Steve Singh bowled wonderfully to take 2/30 opening the bowling, and Matt Whittaker continued his consistent start to the season.
However, things were looking grim at 4/25 in reply, before the two Tom’s – Rickarby and Russ – put on 111 for the fifth wicket, and a bonus point was within reach. Two quick wickets put an end to this, and Rickarby (82*) was partnered by Glen Parker as we passed the target with 7.4 overs remaining.
With Country Round having been cancelled, we will be taking on Prahran with the 1st XI at Camberwell Sports Ground this Saturday, hopefully getting some more wins through the grades to help set up the season.