The 2nd and 3rd XI managed wins against Greenvale on Saturday, while a pair of disappointing batting performances resulted in the 1st and 4th XIs missing out on the points.
The 4th XI had a day to forget, with Greenvale racking up 3/231 from their 45 overs. Captain Neil Gray was the most economical bowler, while Sumit Kingar also did well, taking 2/33 from his nine overs. The response with the bat was looking reasonable at 1/67 – however, a collapse of 9 for 21 meant that it was a big loss for the team. Tom Donaldson scored 41, while Ben McIntosh was the other batsmen to record double figures.
The 1st XI kept Greenvale to 8/194 from their 50 overs, with Brendan Drew bowling well, both with and into the wind. He finished with 4/33, while Matt Whittaker snared 2/23 from 9 overs.
The batting innings continually spluttered, with no partnership greater than 42 and no-one reaching 40 as an individual. Drew was the man most likely, but a mix-up saw him depart for 37 (22 balls, 5 sixes). Jack McNamara and Will Walker put on 38 for the last wicket, but with 14 required McNamara perished, on a wicket that should have produced far more than 375 runs.
The 2nd XI had a comfortable victory, with Tom Rickarby scoring his second consecutive 58 to get the game underway. His opening partner Jake Marnie did the same, but the rest of the batting was reduced to cameos as they set the Kangaroos 218 to win for the loss of nine wickets.
The opposition opening batsman scored 97 but he didn’t get much support, and it was Hamish Burrill (3/17) and Adi Narayana (2/17 from 7) who did the damage throughout the middle overs to gain the ascendancy. Most of the bowlers were economical, and Greenvale were bowled out for 169 with 4.2 overs remaining, claiming a bonus point.
At Watson Park, the 3rd XI also won with a bonus point, with Luke Spence scoring 71 as they chased down 184 for the loss of two wickets. Nick Trapani, Paddy McKenna and Shane Mays all contributed as well, after Angus Steele took 3/37 to help restrict the Kangaroos’ total.
Manish Kingar was miserly, only conceding twenty from his nine overs, and Dan Walker did a good job into the strong breeze, taking 2/30. Anton Ponnamperuma was his usual wily self, ending up with 2/35 from his allotment, and it was only a last wicket partnership of 45 that got Greenvale to a competitive total.