Playing against Greenvale over the past two weekends, Camberwell were able to record four wins as our lower three grades all helped establish themselves inside the top 8 for finals.
The big highlight on the first day of the contest was at Greenvale Reserve, where the 1st XI recovered from some trouble at 4/62 to record 5/356 declared off ninety overs. Captain Tom Russ combined with Tom Rickarby for a 278 run partnership, a new club record for the fifth wicket. Both scored hundreds, Russ ending up with 116 from 210 balls before being dismissed, featuring 13 boundaries. Rickarby hit the same number of fours in his 170*, but also deposited the ball over the fence seven times.
After a 48 run opening partnership, Greenvale were reduced to 3/54 as Matthew Whittaker, and then Russ, struck. The Kangaroos based their response around second gamer Ryan Stingel who scored 104, but his support was severely nipped in the bud by Kevin Prior (3/29) as the score reached 135. He took three wickets in four balls, and suddenly Greenvale were 6/139. While Kodamullage and Adams provided further resistance, as the Kangaroos put on another 150 runs for the last four wickets, Camberwell were able to bowl them out for 282, with Whittaker (4/52) taking the last wicket to finish as the best of the bowlers.
The 3rd XI, needing a victory to stay in the top 8, got out of jail after having an ordinary first day against Greenvale. It was tough work on a low wicket, and with the opposition opener taking 7/18 from 17 overs, we were bowled out for 116. Jake Marnie (24) and Tom Evans (23) were the only players to get past the teens. We had a bowl that evening, skipper Paddy McKenna striking twice late to leave Greenvale 3/45 overnight.
With two less spinners than the previous match, Hamish Burrill took on the main spinning duties with aplomb. The Kangaroos had advanced to 4/84, but Lachie Mahon and Burrill combined to take the last six wickets of the innings for only 18, bringing about a desperately needed six points. Burrill finished with 5/26 from 21 overs, while Mahon had a return to form with 3/20 from 14.
McKenna decided to chase some outright points with roughly half the day remaining, and Nick Trapani hit a quickfire 73*. He was supported by McKenna (33) and Burrill (21) to help us to 4/136, leaving the Kangaroos 151 for victory off 26 overs. Greenvale wound up 6/127 at the end of it, Mahon continuing his form with 3/19 from 6 overs, while Joe Doyle, Riyaz Pathan and Angus Steele were the other wicket-takers.
The 4th XI also secured six crucial points, on the back of Luke Spence’s 92 on the first week. He put on 90 with Adi Narayana (39) and 47 with Griffin McComb (46), as skipper Tom Donaldson chose to declare at Watson Park on 6/260. Greenvale had gotten through the small evening session unscathed, but weren’t to do so the next morning.
Dan Walker claimed the first two wickets, before Eshaan Patel chimed in with the third to leave Greenvale 3/57. They had a 59 run partnership, but after that the end came quickly – Andrew Chau achieved the breakthrough, and he combined with Walker to run through the rest of the batting order.
Dan Walker took his first five wicket haul for the club (5/30 from 18) while Chau continued to show his improvement with 4/29 from 13.3. Having bowled out Greenvale for 146, a lead of 114, we had a second bowl but it was of little consequence in the end – Patel grabbing two more wickets and Cam Gell one as Greenvale ended up 3/80 when stumps were drawn.
At Camberwell Sports Ground, Shane Mays won the toss and the 2nd XI batted first. Jake Martin made some hay against his old side, getting his chance at the top of the 2nd XI order and scoring 65 as he put on 91 for the third wicket with the skipper. However, only Steve Singh (30) and Jack McNamara (21) could join the above pair in passing twenty, as Mays’ 108 provided the backbone of our score of 281. It was his second century in three games, as he led from the front on a good batting wicket.
While we weren’t at our best in the first hour of Day 2, we were able to take three wickets before the drinks break to establish a strong position. Shubham Bhargave (2/56) dismissed the experienced Leggett, and was then helped by a Mark Dwyer screamer on the fence to reduce Greenvale to 5/133.
The opening batsman Rhodes was still there, and found support in Kett, as they got the score to 200 and Rhodes to his century. The game changed in the next three overs, as McNamara (3/41) took three wickets to put the Magpies will on top at 8/211. The last two wickets were tough to get, particularly the tenth as the Greenvale numbers 10 & 11 fought hard, putting on 36 and getting within 20 of the target before Shane Mays held onto a sharp chance from Mark Dwyer to win the game.
We enter the last game of the year with the 2nd XI guaranteed of a top two finish, while the 3rd & 4th XIs need to win to secure a finals spot as we take on Casey South Melbourne.