Three wins against Essendon helped Camberwell keep our lead in the Club Championship. The two lower XIs went to Windy Hill and claimed the points in lovely conditions, while the 1st XI managed to chase down a competitive Essendon total at home.
The strangest game was the early match at Camberwell Sports Ground, where the 2nd XI lost off the last ball defending only 65. We lost nine wickets in scoring that amount off eighteen overs (a reduced game due to early rain), with number 10 Chris Bridle the only batsman to reach double figures.
On a dicey wicket, it was a great performance from the opening bowlers as we kept Essendon to eight runs from the first seven overs. From this point on though, the Bombers managed to reduce the amount of dot balls faced, and we could never get the required rate above six an over. Their opening batsman Isaac Conway batted through the innings, and along with captain James Dickinson, managed to reduce the task to 3 runs from the last over. In spite of Mark Dwyer’s efforts, they brought up the winning run from the last ball of the innings.
Following this, the 1st XI restricted Essendon to 8/113 from their 20 overs. Steve Singh grabbed three wickets, while Will Walker, Shubham Bhargave and Tom Russ all went at less than five an over. In response, Chris Thewlis benefitted from some luck, but made the most of it to continue with his good form – he struck 69 from 35 balls, putting on 98 with Simon Hill (31) to put the game firmly within our grasp. It was finished off by Tom Russ and Tom Rickarby – in his 100th 1st XI game – with 34 balls remaining.
Dan Walker was the top scorer for the 3rd XI as they batted first at Windy Hill He scored 30, and combined with Luke Spence (25) for a good partnership at the top of the order. Some late impetus was provided by Josh Carmichael, with 22 not out, as we set the opposition 112 to chase.
The bowling effort was fantastic. Harrison Goad returned to some form with 1/13 from four overs, and Joe Doyle returned similar figures (1/12) from his allotment. Only six wickets were taken, but the Pies still managed to win by 15 runs.
The highest score of the day was made by Alex Hammond, as the 4th XI chased down 114 in only 15.5 overs. He remained 82*, and was accompanied by Pat Keogh (15*) as the winning runs were brought up. Earlier, Nick Chancellor took three wickets and Anton Ponnamperuma one wicket, and in combination with two run outs rounded out a very good bowling effort. After the early loss of Reilly Griffiths, run out for a duck on CMCC debut, Oliver Chauhan contributed 12 in helping the team bring up the victory.
It was a good weekend for the Pies, taking six wins from eight games, and introducing some new players to the club. Two young tyros from Mallee Murray Bulls (Josh Carmichael and Patrick Keogh) as well as the aforementioned Griffiths from Upper Ferntree Gully played their first games in Camberwell colours, as well as Molly Strano taking part in our 4th XI victory on Saturday.