The top two teams both scored outright victories, while the 3rd XI also won convincingly as we rounded out the pre-Christmas part of the season with a good weekend. The 4th XI fell short in their run-chase but all four teams are still in the top eight as we hit the mid-season break.
Down at Geelong, no 4th XI player passed fifty as we failed in our pursuit of 227. Oliver Chauhan batting at three top scored with 39, while Nick Spark notched up a patient 33, but with no-one going on to a big score, Camberwell fell 61 runs short of victory.
The 3rd XI saw the Joe Doyle show at Watson Park, as he took nine wickets for the day. He took the first five wickets, leaving the Cats in disarray at 5/19. He also claimed the ninth wicket, while Alex Hammond had glue on his hands, taking four catches in the slips. Nick Trapani claimed three wickets through the middle, his first poles for the club in quite some time, as we ended up bowling out the Cats for 168. In the second innings, Doyle took another three wickets, before stumps were pulled at 3/61.
The 2nd XI achieved first innings points for the loss of only Dylan Hodge, after resuming 35 behind with six wickets in hand. Captain Dwyer brought the batsmen in when we were twenty ahead, and we set about trying to take as many wickets as possible to generate an outright. Chris Bridle was super impressive with his bowling, taking 4/51 from 16 overs in super batting conditions, but a ten point game ended up only being possible due to a declaration.
Needing 131 in the last session, Sam Newell made his highest score for the club and was part of a 43 run opening partnership with Jake Marnie, and 57 run partnership with Jake Murphy, which gave us a great platform to achieve the target. Paddy McKenna came in and provided a late cameo of 18* from 13, who along with Murphy (41*) secured the ten points with nine balls remaining.
Brendan Drew and Tom Russ resumed at 5/170, and carnage ensued from the next twenty overs. We declared at 5/323 from 67 overs, Russ notching up 103* while Drew compiled 119* from 96 balls – a partnership of 176. Geelong therefore began their second innings 193 behind and 73 overs left in the day – and at 1/102 looked like they were in a good position to negotiate the day safely. But from there we took consistent wickets, and 3/3 to finish the innings, to give ourselves 13 overs to chase 35; Matthew Whittaker led the bowlers with 3/47 while Drew and Russ took a pair of poles each.
The outright points were secured in the eighth over, ensuring that the 1st XI are top of the ladder heading into the Christmas break. It was a great weekend for Camberwell in the Club Championship, which we are currently leading as well, while all four XIs are in the top eight at the moment.