Season Wrap – 1st XI

The 1st XI had their best season in a long time, but unfortunately fell short of what was hoped. At the end of the regular season we were top of the ladder by nine points, and had a noted improvement in our Two Day cricket in comparison to previous years.

Our white ball cricket was again consistent, making the final of the short form competition before a defeat at the Albert Ground to Melbourne Cricket Club.

We had four players score over 500 runs, as well as four with over 30 wickets for the year, but the second half of the season saw some inconsistent batting. This proved to be our downfall as Melbourne proved to be our nemesis again in the Semi Final.

While the experienced Brendan Drew had an amazing season, winning the Keith Stackpole and Jack Ryder Medals, the youth of Shubham Bhargave continued to develop, Chris Bridle made his debut while Tom Russ established himself as a top line first grade player.

We hope there’s enough improvement within to go a step or two further next year.


  • Players Used: 17
  • Results: 12 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses
    • Two Day: 5 wins (1 outright), 2 losses (1 outright)
    • One Day: 4 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss
    • T20: 3 wins, 1 loss
  • Best Batting Performances
    • Simon Hill pulled out a super performance against Footscray Edgewater, making an incredible 137* out of 172 all out.
    • Chris Thewlis whacked 135 off 98 balls, as we set 4/317 from 50 overs against Melbourne University.
    • Brendan Drew (119*) and Thomas Russ (103*) both scored centuries as we secured an outright victory against Geelong Cricket Club.
  • Best Bowling Performances
    • Tom Russ took his first five wicket haul in the Quarter Final against Footscray, ending up with 6/40 to secure victory.
    • Brendan Drew took 5/27 to help bowl out St Kilda for 133, having been 3/117.
    • Will Walker gave us a chance to get a reverse outright against Frankston-Peninsula, with 5/42 in the second innings.
    • Matthew Whittaker had a super consistent season, signing off with 4/30 from 20 overs in the Semi Final against Melbourne.

Batting Averages

3. Simon Hill – 563 runs @ 29.63

2. Tom Rickarby – 556 runs @ 37.07

1. Brendan Drew – 548 runs @ 42.15

Bowling Averages

3. Tom Russ – 33 wickets @ 21.21

2. Brendan Drew – 35 wickets @ 17.06

1. Matthew Whittaker – 45 wickets @ 15.91

4th XI Player of the Year (Points)

3. Simon Hill – 212.95

2. Tom Russ – 356.80

1. Brendan Drew – 363.40

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