The 1st XI lost, but the other three teams gained victory against Fitzroy Doncaster.
The 4th XI declared at their overnight score of 8/309. Conditions were conducive to bowling, and the Camberwell bowlers cashed in. Fitzroy were bowled out for 98, with no batsman reaching the twenties. The wickets were shared, with opening bowlers James Wiseman and Josh Robinson claiming a pair each, Anton Ponnamperuma the same, and Hamish Burrill knocked over the tail with three wickets.
They had a second crack at the Lions, but things didn’t quite go as well – they finished at 1/145 after 22 overs, with Michael Jephcott 103* from 55 balls. The 4th XI now sit fourth in the competition, playing ninth, tenth and twelfth in the last three games.
The 3rd XI resumed needing 115 runs for victory. They lost only two wickets in the process, with the experienced Nick Richardson (60*) and Jake Martin (45*) seeing the job through. A delayed start due to wet areas on the square saw victory achieved after tea, and stumps were pulled. This win left the Thirds placed fifth, with games against ninth, fifteenth and seventeenth to come.
The star of the 2nd XI show was Ben Rowles with 94 – Ben insisted that it wasn’t a pretty innings, but he managed to put the side in a position to win. Fitzroy’s bowling was economic and consistent, particularly Stockdale and Nayager, and it was an important 60 run partnership between Steve Singh (24 from 22 balls) and Andrew Gorvin (48*) that saw the team over the line. Other contributions came from Tom Rickarby (39), Jake Marnie (32) and Jono Merlo (21).
The 2nd XI have 41 points, sitting in fourth position after what was a vital win against the Lions, who sit in seventh only three points behind. Their last three games are against tenth, thirteenth and eighteenth.
The 1st XI’s day started in the best fashion possible, taking the last three wickets for only three runs to bowl out Fitzroy Doncaster for 203. Will Walker finished with 6/45, taking his tally of wickets to 29 for the season.
We had to bat again, and unfortunately things went in a similar fashion to the first innings. Simon Hill (39) was the only one of the top five to reach double figures, and at 6/88 – a lead of only 18 – we looked like giving away maximum points. But Glen Parker (26*) and Simon O’Brien (11*) saw us through to safety at the end of the day, another disappointing effort but it did help our Club Championship standings to not give away the additional points.
As a club, we take on Greenvale next week, with the club sitting in third position in the Club Championship. Monash Tigers are first, twenty five points ahead of us, while Fitzroy Doncaster remain one point in front as well.