In a nice piece of symmetry, the third round of T20s brought us three wins, as only the 3rd XI missed out. We also missed the rain and storms that threatened throughout, with no rain breaks at all despite some very dark clouds.
At “The Rock”, the 4th XI played in the morning and found themselves bowling first. They managed regular wickets early, having Ringwood 4/38, however they managed two substantial partnership from that point onwards to end up 6/98. Simon Rachoff put in his most impressive bowling performance for the club thus far, taking 2/12 from his four overs, while Anton Ponnamperuma, Sumit Kingar and Sachin Anand were the other wicket-takers.
Our response was led by Alex Ross, who took control with 59* to ensure victory. We won with 41 balls remaining and for the loss of only one wicket – Sumeet Badkar put on 72 for the first wicket with Ross. Paul Niklas remained 1* when victory was achieved.
In the other early game, at Camberwell, Joe Doyle struck form early on taking two wickets in what were conducive bowling conditions. He wound up with 2/13 from his four overs, and put us well ahead of the game. There were three run outs, while Jack McNamara also chimed in with two wickets, as Ringwood were kept to 9/91 from their 20 overs.
Paddy McKenna was responsible for two of those run outs, and he further rolled back the years with a dominant display at the top of the order. After losing his partner first ball of the innings, he combined with Adit Pawha to chase down the required total in 65 balls. He finished with 39* from 31 balls, while Pawha brought up his half century with the winning runs, ending up with 51* from only 34 deliveries.
The 1st XI also won the toss and bowled first, and put in a disciplined performance to keep Ringwood to 7/117 from their allotment. Matthew Whittaker got some reward for improved showings in recent games, ending up with 2/13 from his four overs, while Dylan Hodge notched up figures of 2/18 from 4.
We lost our first two wickets with the score on 3, and when Simon Hill (14) was dismissed, we we had some real issues at 3/21. Tom Rickarby joined Tom Russ, and set about rebuilding the innings. The turning point came in twelfth over, which was taken for 17 and put us ahead of the Duckworth Lewis par score – which seemed relevant at the time, with clouds and some rain around.
From there, the two Tom’s constructed a beautiful partnership, and saw us over the line with nine balls to spare. The skipper scored 40* from 43 balls, while Tom Rickarby, in his 100th 1st XI game for Camberwell, finished with 57* from 47 balls – a great way for a great clubman to celebrate the milestone.
The 3rd XI were the team that missed out on the points. Again chasing, this time it was 112 required for victory after the opposition captain shepherded the team through the innings, score 64*. Chris Bridle continued his comeback with 1/11 from 4 overs, and Andrew Chau was the only multiple wicket taker with 2/21.
In response, no-one could get more than 16 as we were bowled out for 80 with 23 balls remaining. The high score was shared between Nick Trapani and Tom Donaldson, while Dan Walker and Chris Bridle also reached double figures in a disappointing loss.