Camberwell had a good weekend against Melbourne, taking three wins in Round 3, while the 4th XI had a shocker they’ll be looking to forget.
At Watson Park, we won the toss and captain Angus Brown asked Melbourne to bat. His opposition number took to the bowling, making 101 from only 85 balls having brought up his hundred before the drinks break. The spinners, Sachin Anand (1/24) and Eshaan Patel (2/38) were able to drag back the momentum, as Melbourne finished their allotment at 8/231.
The reply lasted only 21.4 overs, as we were knocked over for a paltry 49. Dan Walker reached double figures, and after two wins from the first two games, it was a bit of a reality check for the 4th XI.
In Royal Park, Paddy McKenna batted first having won the toss, and soon found himself at the crease at 3/34. He combined with Nick Trapani (65) to put on a partnership of 113, before guiding the rest of the innings as he finished 70* from 86 balls. Angus Steele provided a nice cameo at the end, with 23* (18) as Camberwell reached 8/203 from their 45 overs.
None of the Melbourne top six reached more than 13, as Tom Vanderslik ripped through the top order. He took 5/15 from 7.5 overs, his first five wicket haul for the club, while Huzaifa Ahmed (1/46) and Hamish Burrill (2/24) added to the spinners’ haul. The other two wickets were taken by Trapani (1/4) and Steele (1/15), as the Demons were bowled out for 145 with seven balls remaining.
The 2nd XI lost the toss at Camberwell Sports Ground, and were sent in on what proved to be a fantastic batting wicket. Jake Marnie (31 from 31) got the side off to a flyer, while Chris Thewlis (20), Adit Pawha (22) and Tom Rickarby (31) all got starts without going on. We found ourselves 5/146 at the 30 over mark, going at a good clip but obviously having lost too many wickets.
Shane Mays joined with Jack McNamara and they put on 77 before the skipper was dismissed for 71. Steve Singh and Kevin Prior both provided cameos of 18 from 12 balls, while McNamara was dismissed in the last over for 54, as we set a daunting 8/288.
Steve Singh and Joe Doyle got the defence off to a great start, keeping Melbourne to 1/32 from the first ten overs. Oliver Gunning was the mainstay of the Demons’ chase, scoring 106 but his support was restricted to 30s, as we managed to take wickets at necessary times throughout the chase. The required rate hovered around nine an over from the 35th onwards, and while there was some clean striking from that point onwards, the scoreboard pressure proved too much as Melbourne were bowled out for 240. Singh was the best of the bowlers with 3/33, while Mark Dwyer and Joe Doyle were particularly economical, bowling most of their overs up the hill and exposed to the short boundary.
The 1st XI had a great win over Melbourne, who we had not beaten since Andrew Fekete’s hat-trick in 2012. Having won the toss and batted first, we compiled 5/269 with Tom Russ providing the backbone of the innings. He finished 99*, receiving support from Simon Hill (44), Daniel Rawson (24) and Brendan Drew (44 from 30 balls), after the openers both got out in the 20s.
In response, the early dismissal of the opposition captain Matthew Brown for 27 helped apply the brakes after he had gotten off to a brisk start. Tight bowling meant that after 20 overs, the Demons were only 1/69, and the scoreboard pressure began to tell. The dismissal of Thomson in the 22nd over, followed by Buchanan and Gotch in consecutive overs, left Melbourne 4/108 with 120 balls left.
While Sam Harper (34 from 29) threatened, wickets continued to fall at the other end as Melbourne were bowled out for 170, losing by 99 runs. Dylan Hodge took 2/38 from nine overs, and took a hanger to dismiss the danger man Gotch, while Drew took 3/23 from six overs. Will Walked continued his good form with 2/20 from 7.4 overs, as the 1st XI claimed a bonus point for the second consecutive week.
Next week we take on Prahran, with the 1st XI at home against a club travelling well throughout the grades.